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ADAMS — The Johnson Newspaper Corp. is putting together a task force to work on resuming publication of the Jefferson County Journal “as soon as possible,” the company’s chief executive officer said Thursday.

The Johnson group, publisher of the Watertown Daily Times, has reached an agreement in principle with The Journal Publishing Co.’s owners, Karl A. and Pamela M. Fowler, to acquire the 170-year-old weekly newspaper, although the deal is not finalized. In the midst of negotiations, the newspaper did not publish this week.

Johnson Newspaper Corp. CEO John B. Johnson said the company is in the process of arranging for publication to resume.

“We are pleased to retain local ownership of a venerable newspaper in the north country,” Mr. Johnson said. “As things come together, we’ll let the loyal readers of the Jefferson County Journal know.”

Journal Publishing also issues the twice-monthly Empire State Farmer, which is mailed statewide, and Lure of the Lake, a seasonal publication. Both newspapers are included in the pending sale.

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