Anniston Star

H. Brandt Ayers
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The chairman of an Alabama newspaper company has been accused of assaulting female employees by spanking them while he was a newsroom executive decades ago.

Multiple news outlets have reported that at least three women are accusing H. Brandt Ayers, the chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co., of hitting and assaulting them while Ayers was the publisher at the Anniston Star. Consolidated operates that newspaper along with five others.

Anniston Star dropping Monday paper in October

Jul 10, 2012

The Anniston Star plans to discontinue its Monday print edition in October and make other cost-cutting moves while refocusing on digital content.

The newspaper, owned by Consolidated Publishing Co., in announcing the changes said the Monday paper is the smallest in advertising and circulation. Editor Bob Davis said readers can access new content on Mondays on the newspaper's website (http://www.annistonstar.com).