SC Newspaper That Announced Its Own Demise Is Back From The Dead – Forbes

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The Calhoun Times, the small weekly newspaper in South Carolina that announced its own impending death last month, is back among the living.

The Times, based in St. Matthews, South Carolina, said in its Jan. 12 issue that the Feb. 2 edition would be its last. But the Times has been acquired by another newspaper, The Aiken Leader of Wagener, South Carolina. The Times will continue to publish each week.

According to a press account of the transaction, members of the Morris family, which had owned and operated the paper since the 1920s, will continue to work at the paper.

Edwin C. Morris Jr., the third-generation publisher of the Times, will continue in that role. His 87-year-old father, Craddock Morris, had been editor; he now will be a free-lance writer for the paper.

Andrew O’Byrne Sr., owner and publisher of the Leader, will become the owner of the newspaper, which will be renamed soon as the Calhoun Times Leader.

“A newspaper is important to the health of a community, and we are happy that we will be able to keep a paper in Calhoun County,” O’Byrne told The Times & Democrat of Orangeburg.

“A local newspaper facilitates dialogue between local government and the citizens, and we are committed to bringing the community the news it has relied on for so many years from The Calhoun Times,” he added.

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