The Democratic Advocate, Carroll’s Oldest Weekly Sold

The Democratic Advocate, a Westminster newspaper and printing business for 130 years. was sold Friday to Westminster Gabby, Inc., publishers of the Carroll County Times.

The Democratic Advocate, which published on Thursday, recently reported a paid circulation of 2854. The Carroll County Times will publish their Monday edition as the Advocate, reported Charles O. Fisher, Westminster attorney and county Democratic leader.

Mrs. Virginia Minnick, editor of the Democratic Advocate, has given 11 years to the paper. She is “sorry” to sell, but observes that the “last two years have been terrible” in getting reliable workers for the paper.

“The little man is being squeezed,” she regretfully commented.

D. Eugene Walsh, president of the Advocate, said that weekly newspapers face rough going with the high cost of equipment and difficulty in obtaining skilled help.

When opportunities arose to sell both the business and the property at 169 East Main Street in Westminster, the Advocate owners decided to sell. Mr. Walsh called Friday’s sale of the business “good” for the stockholders.

Negotiations are pending with the Westminster Methodist Church for purchase of the Advocate building and lot. The Advocate property is adjacent to the church.

According to an October statement filed with the Post Office Dept., stockholders of Westminster Gabby, Inc., purchaser of the business, are Adam Spiegel, Gabrielle Spiegel, Kerry R. Muse and Stephen A. Bennett, all of Westminster.

Mortgages were listed as Edgar F. Berman, Lutherville; Victor Weybright, New York, NY, and Ben W. Levy, Baltimore.

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