Newspapers are still relevant

Since this week is set aside as “National Newspaper Week” I thought I would share a little history about newspapers. A newspaper is composed of news or editorial content, also referred to as stories, and advertising. While originally printed on paper known as newsprint, with the advent of the Internet, most newspapers also publish online.

The first American newspaper was thought to be published in the United States in Boston in or around 1690. The content included British content and most likely depended on the editor’s interests as well.  During the industrial revolution with advances in printing ability, newspapers became an increased means of communication.

During the history of Hartselle, a newspaper had been printed since around 1876, with the first one being known as The Hartselle Enterprise. Another paper, the Alabama Enterprise, was established in 1884 with the name changing to the Hartselle Enquirer and then the Hartselle Enterprise. In 1933, the name reverted back to the Hartselle Enquirer and has been continued under that name up to the present day and publishes each week.

To publish in newspaper terms means to produce or release for distribution in an edition.  In our operation, we publish two newspapers each week; the Hartselle Enquirer and the Morgan Countian; the online edition of both newspapers, and Hartselle Living magazine monthly. Also at various times of the year, we publish  special sections on newsprint or in magazine format that highlight and bring to light events that are occurring in our community, for example football season and Depot Days.

This newspaper has seen many changes throughout its history. From two world wars, a number of wars the U.S. was involved in, an economic depression, several recessions and mind-boggling technological advances have made their way into print on the pages of the newspaper. From pasting up pages on boards to desktop publishing, many strides, changes and improvements have been made to the newspaper. Even though the newspapers are printed weekly, with online editions as well as social media, news is published and available daily.

We continue working to give our readers the best local news product available to them. All of us here at the Enquirer want the best for our community, and do our best to promote our hometowns and communities within the pages of the newspaper. We hope you enjoy our news products and we are able to continue publishing for many years to come. Thank you readers for your support and our advertisers for investing their dollars in our products. Together, we will continue to make Hartselle and Morgan County the best.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

Falkville

Larry Madison has been a pillar in Falkville for four decades

Hartselle

Hartselle trio nominated for two K-LOVE awards

Hartselle

Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

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Hartselle Kiwanis Club continues scholarly legacy with annual golf tournament

Editor's picks

Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

Decatur

Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

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Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

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Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

Editor's picks

Hartselle baseball legend dies

Breaking News

Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

At a Glance

ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

At a Glance

Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

Hartselle

New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

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Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

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Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

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State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

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Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

Editor's picks

Northern lights visible from north Alabama

Hartselle

Hartselle students to attend Boys State

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High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

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Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

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Planned Hartselle library already piquing interest 

Brewer

Students use practical life skills at Morgan County 4-H competition

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After 13 years underground, the cicadas are coming 

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