Editorial

Today (Saturday) marks the 200th anniversary of The Union-Recorder. As our state’s oldest continuously running newspaper, this is certainly a historic journalistic achievement. 

Starting this weekend, we will reflect on this milestone by revisiting historic moments and stories from our past. 

Later this month, the community is invited to celebrate this milestone with us. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, you are invited to stop by our office at 165 Garrett Way for giveaways and refreshments. Of course, no anniversary celebration is complete without cake. At 5 p.m. there will be a cake-cutting ceremony and remarks. 

Be sure to look for our 200th anniversary logo throughout the newspaper and also the commemorative magazine that will be distributed later this month. 

It is hard for many of us to think of life in our country when our local newspaper was born, but here’s a bit of perspective. In 1820, the year The Union-Recorder launched, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, women's suffragist Susan B. Anthony, hymn writer Fanny Crosby, American abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman and eventual First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler were born. James Monroe, one of our nation's founding fathers, was President of the United States. 

The United States Census determined our country's population was 9.6 million, less than today's New York City's metropolitan area, of which 1.5 million were slaves. Milledgeville’s population in 1820? A little more than 2,000 people. 

Over the last two centuries, we’ve shared moments of inspiration and difficult stories with the local community and we’ve watched together as history unfolded. 

We’ve shared these special moments with you right here with us, and for that, we are overwhelmingly grateful. 

In recent years, we’ve witnessed unprecedented change in our industry. Our 24-hour news cycle, social media and the shift to digital content have changed how we approach what we do. The news demands are increasingly different, but some things remain the same. 

Whether weekly, daily, in print or online, The Union-Recorder remains deeply rooted in community journalism — the stories of this community. We remain committed to telling those stories with accuracy, fairness and compassion. We will continue sharing your stories and getting you the information you need to navigate your day, whether in print or online. Although we may do that differently in the years to come, we remain committed to our mission. 

Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing your stories with us.

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