A Small-Town South Carolina Newspaper Announces Its Own Death – Forbes


The Calhoun Times, a small-town weekly newspaper in South Carolina, will put out its last edition this Thursday, Feb. 2.

The paper is published in St. Matthews, South Carolina, the hometown of Emmy winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis.

In the very center of the state, St. Matthews is the county seat of Calhoun County, named for the fiery and legendary statesman John C. Calhoun, who served the Palmetto State as a U.S. Senator and the country as Vice President. The county has a population of about 15,000 people, according to census records.

St. Matthews claims about 2,000 residents.

The Times traces its antecedents to at least 1893 when it was the St. Matthews Recorder, according to the South Carolina Press Association.

According to the SCPA, the Times has been a family operation for 87 years. John Bunyan Morris Sr. bought the paper in 1929 and ran it until 1956, when he retired. His son, Craddock Morris, took over and still is the editor. Craddock’s son Ed became publisher in 1996 and continues to hold that position.

The family announced the news it was ceasing publication in its Jan. 12 edition.


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