There's a possibility that even though you may have said you were going to look at the newspaper, you are reading these words while sitting in front of a desktop or laptop computer or getting caught up by using your smart phone or tablet.
If that's the case, we're pretty sure that William Lowry and John Miller would be amazed beyond belief. We're also confident that the two pioneers of the newspaper publishing business would be happy to know that even though technology is dramatically changing the way people consume information, their legacy of providing area residents with the ability to read reports from all points of the world - and beyond - continues to live.
Lowry and Miller, you see, first published the Western Herald newspaper on June 7, 1806, in Steubenville. Through a series of mergers and changes in ownership, that newspaper became the Herald-Star in the late 1800s. Today, we show them our gratitude, as we mark our 206th anniversary as a continuously published newspaper, one of Ohio's oldest, indeed one of our nation's oldest.
The Herald-Star, the oldest business in Jefferson County, has continually expanded and adapted to meet the changes that have come up during the last 200-plus years, all the while ensuring that it has been able to meet its mission of ensuring that the news of the day makes it from downtown Steubenville to readers across the Tri-State Area.
That's a testament to the work of the many publishers and editors and the countless writers, photographers, production personnel, salespeople, composing room workers, pressmen, office workers, distribution workers and a dedicated corps of paper boys and paper girls who have made the newspaper their profession.
We have stood guard for the freedoms that journalists must have to protect the freedoms of our nation. We ensure that voters are informed before they head to the polls and make sure that government officials don't run roughshod over those who have elected them. We have remained vigilant to make sure residents do not violate the laws of our community and stood up for the members of our community who were left with no other voice.
In short, we have become an institution, a vital part of the lives of the residents of the Tri-State Area. On our pages, readers have been informed and entertained, made to laugh and cry and been moved to action. While we have always been eager to praise achievements and deliver encouragement, we have never been afraid to take on public officials or issues that are of great importance to our community.
The lives of millions of people have been recorded on our pages. We have joined with them in times of joy, helping to celebrate births, graduations, engagements, marriages and anniversaries. We have also been a part of their sadness, reporting on crime, divorce and death.
We are as vital to our community today as we were when Lowry and Miller published their first edition for a very simple reason - our readers have always been able to trust us to report the news fairly and accurately.
It's a mission we have fulfilled every day since June 7, 1806, and one we will continue to do well into the future - no matter what the form of our delivery.