The News-Sun was the result of a merger between two of the many local newspapers that appeared in Hobbs in the 1930s, following the region's oil boom at that time. Competition fell away until only the News-Sun and the Hobbs Flare remained.
The Flare was sold to Golden West Free Press in 1993 and was sold to Sun Publishing of Lake Charles Louisiana in December 1996. It was closed in December of 1997. Sun Publishing also owns the Hobbs News Sun.