Editorial: Community commitment still underpins mission

A half-century ago Monday, The Daily Journal published its first issue.

But that inaugural issue, with a Page 1 headline proclaiming “Hello Johnson county, the Journal is rolling,” was far from a simple act. It took two years of detailed planning and construction and, as the editor wrote in the first issue, “much sweat and toil, a few anxious moments and almost two weeks of make-believe trial runs.”

In that first issue, publisher Robert N. Brown said the Journal “will cover news happenings throughout the county and in both Morgantown and the Southport area, with emphasis on accurate news coverage and community service.”

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