RUTLAND, Vt. – The sale of two Vermont newspapers to a pair of business people from Maine and New Hampshire has been completed.

The Rutland Herald and the Times Argus reported that the two papers were sold Friday for an undisclosed price to Reade Brower of Maine and Chip Harris of New Hampshire, both of whom have extensive experience in publishing in northern New England.

Brower owns MaineToday Media, publisher of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram among other papers.

This year, both The Rutland Herald and the Times Argus cut back on publishing a printed newspaper from seven to four days a week, with online-only editions Monday through Wednesday.

Outgoing Chairman and President R. John Mitchell says his family is glad to be passing the newspapers on to “solid, responsible stewards.” He says the new owners “will continue the service that we’ve felt is every newspaper’s role.”