2017-04-05 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

As I write the “Remember When” column for the newspaper each week, I am continually amazed at how the newspaper has evolved from its early years to the present day version.

Earliest copies are filled mostly with “national” news. Local news items are few. You had to be considered an “important” citizen to even get your obituary in the newspaper. Then, copies from the 1950’s and 1960’s began to carry more “local” news. But the thing that amazes me the most is that from the very earliest copies to around the 1990’s, the newspaper was filled advertisements.

I began working for The Millen News in 1975 and can still recall how busy we were every week with preparing ads for the paper. At that time we had weekly ads from grocery stores, department stores, car dealerships, furniture stores, drug stores, appliance stores, Southern Bell, AT&T, and many others. Advertising revenue was the “major” income source for the newspaper. That remains true today, but, unfortunately, most of those advertising sources no longer exist.

Around the 1990’s things began to change. Advertisements began to show a steadily decline. I am sure this was due to the development of television, radio and Internet technologies. Ads in present day newspapers are rare.

There has also been a decline in subscribers. Online sources are the go-to sources for the younger generation. Most will only pick up a print newspaper if they “hear” there is something in it that they want to read.

I fear that there will soon come a day when print newspapers will cease to exist, becoming a relic that can only be viewed in a library somewhere. Hopefully, not in my lifetime! I would hate to witness the demise of an “old friend”, which is what I consider the newspaper industry.

If you have noticed a “For Sale” sign on The Millen News building, it is the BUILDING only that is for sale. Plans are for The Millen News to remain located in the building under the continued ownership of Roy Chalker should the building be sold.

Happy birthday this week to: Dana Neasbitt, Robert Deason, Mickey Boynton, Andy Dudley and Ray Miller.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Waters.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Staff Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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