Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Berea News

The Berea News was published in Berea from February 1906 to March 5, 1908 by the Berea Printing and Publishing Company which was owned by local businessmen, W.H. Porter, president; S.E. Welch, Jr., vice-president; E.T. Fish, secretary; and Josiah Burdette, treasurer. The paper was formed to compete with the college-owned Berea Citizen. M.L. Spink was the editor, and the paper was "devoted to building up the general business interests in Berea."

Just as the Berea Citizen printed the news from the point of view of Berea College, the pages of the Berea News reflected the views of the Berea business community. Along with general news coverage, the paper highlighted the arrival of the canning factory in Berea, urging support for this new business enterprise, and advocated the formation of a businessman's club as a "foundation for future growth" and a farmer's organization.

By December 1907, the paper was experiencing financial difficulty. L.L. Shadoin was hired as the new editor. Its last issue was published on March 5, 1908. The Berea Citizen reported in August that the Berea News had sold its equipment to a paper staring in London, Kentucky.

See Everybody Trades at Welch's pp 29-33 at the Berea branch of the Madison County Public Library; Berea News issues on microfilm at Hutchins Library, Berea College; and Berea Citizen 21 Dec 1905; 1 Feb 1906; 6 Aug 1908; 13 Aug 1908.

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