Don and Carolyn (Nikki) Eddins have bought out the shares of The Auburn Villager previously owned by Charles and Ernest Whatley, making the Eddinses the sole owners of the newspaper.
“I cannot state too strongly what a pleasure it has been to work with Charles and Ernest since we started the publication in 2006,” said Don Eddins, retired local attorney who serves as publisher. “They shared our vision for a quality local publication — a vision that will live on.”
Charles Whatley said he and his brother have enjoyed their involvement with the newspaper, but now have some important other priorities.
“Right now we want to spend more time with our families and especially some little grandchildren,” he said.
Eddins said readers will see very little difference with the change, since together he and his wife had already owned 50 percent of the limited liability company that owns the newspaper, as well as the online publication, and he has been publisher since the paper started publication in 2006.
“Since day one, our focus has been on Auburn and Auburn alone. That will not change,” he explained.“We are fortunate to have a wonderful staff, so we should be able to continue the excellent coverage.”
Eddins mentioned Associate Editors Allison Blankenship and Brian Woodham and Administrative Director Christi Holt and “a whole host of wonderful” columnists and contributors.