Ownership of Randolph News Now Officially Passes to North State Journal

ASHEBORO N.C. — Effective January 1st, 2024, Acme Ventures LLC will officially transfer ownership of Randolph News Now to the North State Journal. This milestone marks the end of an important chapter for our company and the beginning of a new journey for Randolph News Now.

To prepare for the change in ownership a new logo and look for Randolph News Now was rolled out to the website and social media accounts overnight. This new looks will better reflect the sites new ownership and match North State Journals branding.

After the date of the transition Acme Ventures LLC will no longer control the operations, policies, or hosting for the site. All future inquires should be directed to the North State Journal.

Since late 2020, Acme Ventures has worked tirelessly to build a local news site from the ground up, publishing over 1,000 articles and achieving more than two million page views.

With the resources and expertise of the North State Journal now behind the site we are excited to see where it will go next. We remain confident that the North State Journal will continue to uphold the editorial standards and commitment to local news we have instilled in the site since day one.

“We are immensely proud of what we have accomplished,” said Scott Pelkey, Managing Director at Acme Ventures. “I acknowledge that this transition, which has been coming for a while now, and it brings with it mixed emotions.”

Our team at Acme Ventures LLC has poured our hearts into Randolph News Now, and we deeply appreciate the support and loyalty of our readers and supporters over the years.

To our readers, our supporters, and everyone who shared in this incredible journey, thank you.

Acme Ventures Partners with One Tree Planted

ASHEBORO N.C. (Feb. 16, 2023) – Today, Acme Ventures LLC is proud to announce a partnership with One Tree Planted, a public 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to supporting global reforestation efforts.

Since its inception in 2014, One Tree Planted has made an incredible impact by planting over 135.5 million trees in collaboration with 378 partners across 82 countries. Their work spans North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific.

Trees in particular play a crucial role in our ecosystem. They help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, provide habitats for over 80% of the world’s land based biodiversity, are used in up to 25% of all medicines, and absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate climate change.

At Acme Ventures LLC, we recognize that even as a paperless business, our operations have an environmental footprint. As part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, we believe it’s essential to invest some of our profits to offset our impact. Partnering with One Tree Planted is the first step in our journey towards becoming more environmentally friendly.

Photo provided by One Tree Planted

This partnership aligns with our values and our commitment to making a positive difference. By supporting reforestation projects, we aim to contribute to a healthier planet and encourage other small businesses to do the same.

As a part of today’s announcement, we made a donation to plant twenty-five trees in Africa and we look forward to working with One Tree Planted to plant even more.

About One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to global reforestation. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity. They also raise awareness about the importance of trees, offer businesses like ours a simple sustainability solution, and motivate younger generations to do something positive for the environment. For more information about One Tree Planted and their incredible work, visit their website at onetreeplanted.org.


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Randolph News Now Acquired by North State Journal

Randolph County’s leading breaking news site is now part of North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper.

ASHEBORO NC (Jun 30, 2022) — A top local news site has been acquired by North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper. Randolph News Now, which focuses on breaking news and crime reporting in Randolph County, N.C., is now part of North State Media, publisher of the North State Journal newspaper.

“We are excited to bring additional newsgathering capabilities to North State Journal and to cement our place as the top local news source in Randolph County,” said North State Journal publisher Neal Robbins. “Breaking news requires local journalists with a strong work ethic and deep understanding of the community. With this acquisition, our Randolph County Edition can provide comprehensive news, sports and business coverage.”

Since 2021, Randolph News Now has seen skyrocketing readership through expanding coverage and increased advertising.

“The North State Journal was an obvious choice for us early on because they have the resources of a large statewide news outlet while being committed to local reporting,” said Scott Pelkey, editor of Randolph News Now. I’m excited to make the move with the website and work with their team of award-winning journalists.”

Founded in 2016, the North State Journal covers North Carolina from Murphy to Manteo. The newspaper is published weekly on Wednesdays has local editions in Randolph, Stanly, Moore, and Forsyth counties in addition to the statewide edition which is published in all 100 counties in the state. As other newspapers in North Carolina have reduced or eliminated coverage and staff, the North State Journal has taken the opportunity to recruit some of the best reporters and photojournalists from across the state.

Randolph News Now will maintain its focus on breaking news, crime, events and weather and content from the site will also be published on North State Journal’s website, randolphrecord.com and in the print editions of the NSJ.

The site will be transitioned to North State Journal’s branding and advertising platforms over the coming weeks. Advertising will be managed by North State Journal’s advertising manager, David Guy.


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Randolph News Now Expands Reach

UPDATE - In 2022, Randolph News Now was purchased by the North State Journal. Click here to find out more. 

As readership on Randolph News Now continues to grow, we have been working behind the scenes to reach more even readers and offer more convenient ways for our readers to stay informed.

We are excited to announce that Randolph News Now has been accepted on the Google News platform and the Bundle News App.


Google News

In September, Randolph News Now was officially recognized as an approved news source on Google News.

Google News is a widely-used news aggregator service developed by Google, presenting links to articles organized from thousands of publishers and magazines. Accessible as an app on Android, iOS, and the Web, Google News will now feature content from our site. As we continue to establish ourselves as a trusted news source, our articles will increasingly appear in various places on Google, including local news searches.


Bundle News App

Following our acceptance on Google News, we were also approved for the Bundle News app just a month later. Bundle is one of the top-rated news apps, delivering a comprehensive collection of news stories from 15,000 outlets across 20 countries and 23 categories. Users can follow a diverse range of sources, including local, national, and global news outlets, as well as specialized blogs covering tech, science, sports, music, and entertainment, to create a personalized news feed.



We were also recently made aware that article from Randolph News Now are now appearing on Newsbreak. A news aggregator website and app. While we did not apply to be a news source on Newsbreak we’re happy to be where our readers are.


Getting approved as a news source on these apps and websites has been a process involving developing and publishing editorial guidelines, and improving the sites back end to allow news feeds to be publicly accessible to these services.

“While this is certainly exciting news, at its core, Randolph News Now is a local news site and our main goal remains providing fast, factual, accurate reporting on breaking news, crime, and events to the residents of Randolph County,” said Scott Pelkey, Managing Director of Acme Ventures LLC and the lead Journalist for Acme News.

“None of this would have been possible without support from our local readers and we’re excited to see where the journey of operating a local news site takes us.”