Mess starts 140th volume

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Starting with the dawn of the new year, the Wise County Messenger is beginning its 140th volume.

The paper began as The Paradise Messenger in 1880 and later moved to Alvord before becoming a permanent fixture in Decatur in 1885.

The Messenger made three mergers with other Decatur papers – the “Post” in 1890, “News” 1935 and “News Review” 1940.

Roy Eaton

Roy and Jeannine Eaton have been the owners of the Messenger for 46 years, longer than any other owner.

Over it’s 140 volumes, Roy points out that the paper has brought news to the county during good times and bad. In his four decades as owner and publisher, he’s seen tremendous changes.

“As we look toward the future, the challenges the newspaper industry faces are tremendous,” he said. “But we have been in the forefront of the so-called digital revolution with our daily Update and breaking news on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. It’s all designed to make sure Wise County residents are well informed.

“We look forward to the future with the promotion of Kristen Tribe to publisher and her work in leading our talented staff of journalists and advertising consultants. Kristen will be the first female publisher of the Messenger in its 140 years.”

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