On Monday afternoon, March 12, Reade Brower, founder and president of The Free Press, signed a letter of intent to purchase all the remaining assets of Village Net Media, including the Courier Gazette, the Camden Herald, the Republican Journal, Capital Weekly, Bar Harbor Times, and all Village Soup assets.

Brower said he expects the sale to be finalized within days and expects to have newspapers back on the street in Rockland, Camden and Belfast as early as next week. He is meeting with some of the former employees this evening to begin to solidify plans and staffing.