COLUMBUS, Miss. — A Mississippi newspaper is now being run by the fourth generation of the same family.

Peter Imes became publisher Saturday of the Commercial Dispatch , a daily paper based in Columbus. The 39-year-old succeeds his father, 66-year-old Birney Imes III, who will continue to write a weekly column.

Birney Imes Sr. merged the Columbus Commercial and Columbus Dispatch in 1922 to form the then bi-weekly Commercial Dispatch. He expanded it to a daily newspaper in 1926.

After he died in 1947, his son Birney Imes Jr., took over as editor and publisher, running the paper for almost 50 years.

Imes III became an editor in 1996 after his father became ill. He became publisher in 1998.

Peter Imes has worked at the newspaper since 2008. He most recently was general manager.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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