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McDuffie Mirror purchases former Lovelace building

The McDuffie Mirror will be moving.

The newspaper closed on the purchase of the former Lovelace Jewelers building on Railroad Street last week.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for The Mirror," said Publisher Jason B. Smith. "Our current location is great, but with the growth we've experienced since opening, it is just too small."

The Mirror has been renting office space in Magnolia Center on Jackson Street since 2003. Mr. Smith said he was grateful to Magnolia Center Owner G.O. Hughes for his support.

"But, as I told Mr. Hughes recently, it is certainly time for The Mirror to put down deeper roots in McDuffie County," Mr. Smith said. "We're proud to be part of this community, and can't wait to be a bigger part of the continued revitalization of downtown Thomson."

Renovation on the interior is set to begin soon, and the newspaper's move should happen by the end of August, Mr. Smith said.

"We are delighted to be able to make a long-term, permanent investment in this wonderful community," said William S. Morris IV, President & CEO of Morris Publishing Group, the parent company of The McDuffie Mirror.

The Mirror's purchase is the latest in a series of events aimed at boosting downtown Thomson.

"The purchase of the Lovelace building shows the long-term commitment The Mirror's ownership has made to Thomson and McDuffie County," said Forward McDuffie Executive Director Don Powers. "It couldn't have come at a better time, as we move into a higher gear with the redevelopment of the core city. Couple this news with the new restaurant opening, the capital campaign for the Museum, the Streetscape construction soon to begin, and the purchase of the buildings on Main Street by Camellia Partners ... the visions of turning around the downtown business district begins to get a bit more focused."

Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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