By Bill Robinson
For 96 years, the Richmond Register has been Madison County’s main source of local news.
Much has changed since 1917 when Shelton Saufley Sr. merged two weekly papers to form the Richmond Daily Register. In those days there was no radio or television and the Internet wasn’t even science fiction.
One thing hasn’t changed, however, and never will. An informed citizenry is crucial to the success of democracy.
Even in a relatively small town, few people are able to keep track of what’s going on with local government.
We know citizens want to be kept informed of crucial decisions made about schools, zoning and taxes and other important issues that have a long-term impact on our community. Otherwise, the Register would have not been around for almost a century.
Some may say that changing times have made newspapers irrelevant, but the ever quickening pace of change makes a reliable source of information more important, rather than less.
Other forms of media may be growing in number, quickening the flow of information, but the downside of that is a growing partisanship and ideological fervor.
Unfortunately, our society seems to be drifting back to the partisan and polemic press that was the norm in the 19th century.
Objectivity may be elusive, but it must remain the goal of any real news organization.
In the coming year, voters in Madison County will be selecting a new fiscal court and judge/executive, while Richmond and Berea will be electing mayors and governing bodies. School board seats will be up for election as will a state senate seat and those who will fill the county’s five new legislative districts.
Don’t you want to be as well informed as possible when making those decisions? If so, we believe you will be reading the Richmond Register.
In addition to keeping you informed about local government, the Register also strives to provide you with social, civic and sports news.
And, your local newspaper keeps you informed of competitive pricing and special bargains offered by local businesses.
As long as we keep delivering you that kind of package, you can expect the Richmond Register to be around 96 years from now.