1806 – 1820
There were five newspapers in Milledgeville.
The Milledgeville Intelligencer
Seaton Grantland and Richard Orme published the first issue of the Southern Recorder. (a weekly newspaper published on Tuesday). At that time Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia. In its second issue, the Southern Recorder assumed a responsibility we have honored to this day …
“the obligation to promote the welfare of our community.”
The Federal Union appeared, beginning a 40-year editorial war with the Southern Recorder --- which did not cease until the two newspapers merged in 1872. Before the merger the Federal Union had changed its name to the Milledgeville Federal Union.
1851 – Federal Union
Sold to Boughton, Nesbit and Barnes.
1861 – Federal Union
Changed name to the Southern Federal Union
1862 – Federal Union
Jere N. Moore became managing editor.
1865 – Federal Union
Jere N. Moore purchased one-fourth interest in the newspaper. Mr. Moore
was made managing editor of the Federal Union, which later purchased the Southern Recorder.
Throughout the Civil War, publishing a newspaper became more difficult with each day. Paper, ink and equipment were harder to obtain with the North’s tightening blockades. Many Georgia editors gave up their efforts of publishing a weekly newspaper, but the Southern Recorder and the Federal Union endured to the end of the war.
1872 – the Federal Union / the Southern Recorder
The owners of the Federal Union purchased the Southern Recorder and formed one newspaper named, the Union and Recorder. August 7, 1872, masthead was changed to “the Milledgeville Union Recorder”.
Mr. Boughton died. Barnes and Moore purchased Mr. Boughton’s interest.
The name of the newspaper was changed to The Union-Recorder.
The Georgia Press Association was founded in Milledgeville. The two Milledgeville newspapers were hosts to editors from Atlanta, Macon, Thomasville and Sandersville. The Association was formed and the two Milledgeville editors were elected as officers of the organization.
1902 – Union-Recorder
Jere N. Moore was succeeded by his son R. B. Moore as editor. (The Union-Recorder remained in the Moore family until it was sold in 1961.)
1942 – Union-Recorder
Jere Moore, son of R. B. Moore and grandson of Jere N. Moore, became editor of the Union-Recorder. The newspaper was published weekly on Thursday.
1961 – Union-Recorder
The Union-Recorder was purchased by Peyton Anderson, who also owned the Macon Telegraph.
1969 – Union-Recorder
The Union-Recorder and the Macon Telegraph were purchased by Knight Newspapers, Inc.
1974 - Union-Recorder
November 1974, Knight Newspapers merged with Ridder Newspapers and became Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc.
1979 – Union-Recorder
Began publishing bi-weekly (Wednesday and Friday).
1980 – Union-Recorder
April 1980 broke ground for a new facility on Garrett Way.
1981 – Union-Recorder
March 1981. moved into the new facility on Garrett Way. (Prior to this move the Union-Recorder had always maintained offices in downtown Milledgeville.)
1982 – Union-Recorder
March 1982, began publishing daily, Tuesday through Saturday.
1986 – Union-Recorder
Knight-Ridder Newspapers (parent company of the Union-Recorder) changed name to Knight-Ridder, Inc.
1997 – Union-Recorder
December 9, 1997, the Union-Recorder was purchased by Newspaper Holdings, Inc., / Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
The Union-Recorder is the oldest newspaper in Georgia in continuous publication. Upon news of Sherman’s march through Georgia during the Civil War, the printing press and other equipment was hidden. With the help of a printer’s helper, the Union-Recorder was published. Thus, the distinction of being the oldest newspaper in continuous publication. The Augusta Chronicle is the oldest (in years) established newspaper in Georgia, but not in continuous publication. the Union-Recorder has never missed a publication.