“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM.

“Virtually it was something that everyone looked forward to,” she said. “It was a important part of their lives. We felt a real kinship and love for the people of Holmes County.”

She said they wanted a paper people could be proud of.

“I can still get very nostalgic and a little emotional when thinking of the paper,” she said. “It was a very difficult decision to sell something with that much history. He had made it financially stable and it was the best decision for his family and his newspaper.”

Stephanie Smith, daughter of Dianne Smith said she had many fond memories of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser growing up.

“From ages about 11 to 14, I worked at the paper on Wednesday afternoons,” said Stephine. “This was the day when the paper was ready to be mailed to out of town subscribers.”

She said some of her duties including folding each newspaper in half and stuff into brown paper bags which were sorted by zip codes.

“Needless to say this job got fairly boring to a young kid after about 100 had been stuffed,” she said. “I would then entertain myself by looking at the subscriber labels to see if I knew anyone. I distinctly remember one effort to relieve my boredom by drawing a big smiley face on the bag going to my aunt in Atlanta along with a ‘Hello from Florida’ note.”

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