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The Florida Times-Union
The Florida Times-Union, based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, is the major daily newspaper in northeast Florida. Widely known as the oldest newspaper in the state, it began publication as The Florida Times in 1864. Its current incarnation started in 1883, when two existing newspapers in the city, the Times and the Union, combined. A Southeast Georgia Georgia edition, called the Georgia Times-Union serves the Brunswick area.
For much of its history, the Times-Union (and the St. Augustine Record) was owned by the St. Augustine-based Florida East Coast Railway. In 1959, Florida Publishing Company (its parent company) purchased the evening newspaper the Jacksonville Journal. The two newspapers remained sister publications until 1988 when the Journal ceased publication.
In 1983, Morris Communication Corp. of Augusta, Georgia purchased Florida Publishing Company. The Times-Union became the flagship of this newspaper chain which owns a number of newspapers around the country.
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