Advertiser Turns 176 – Turns Digital

The Edgefield Advertiser turned 176 years old on February 11, 2012. This anniversary is also the beginning of a new and improved online presence, a digital reflection of what this newspaper has been doing for all these years – writing the history of the area we serve – Edgefield County and the Ridge (Old Edgefield District, when the paper started in 1836).

The Edgefield Advertiser is the oldest newspaper in South Carolina, by virtue of the fact of never ceasing to publish and never changing its legal identity.  Since 2003, this newspaper has sought to write the stories of the people of the area it serves, “a first draft of history” according to a famous journalist, always seeking to create an unbiased platform for the entire readership to use for grievances, for applauding good deeds, for criticisms and for conveying expectations of their local communities.

This week the Advertiser introduces to you not only a new “face” online, but a new face on our staff – Online Editor Robert H. Norris, III.  He has undertaken, with great skill and dedication, and with the help of Advertiser Advisor (a specialist in many things technical) Scott Wherry, the design and production of this new Web site for the good of our community, our readers, and the maintaining of the oldest newspaper in our state.  His interest in our community, all facets, has undergirded his technical talent that he developed in the US Coast Guard in his early years.  After leaving the Coast Guard he graduated from Francis Marion University and has now made his way back to Edgefield, his native town.

6 Responses to "Advertiser Turns 176 – Turns Digital"

  1. Janet E Tarbox   March 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    A laudable milestone for the newspaper both in terms of years and of innovation. Congratulations on both. Another word of congratulations to Editor Derrick for a distinguished choice for the online edition’s editor. Bob Norris will do great things.

  2. Beverly Willis   February 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Looking forward to seeing “at my fingertips” the news of our neighboring city. Congratulations on the new look!

  3. Robert M. Scott   February 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    It’s great to see the Advertiser on line, and available to read or to refer to, at home or at work. Thanks, Suzanne!

  4. sally norris   February 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for putting The Advertiser at our fingertips as soon as it is published. Digital is the way to go for those of us that have to wait days for Edgefield news to arrive in the mail.

  5. sally norris   February 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Look forward to every issue. Seems the love of The Advertiser runs in the family……..

    • Suzanne Derrick   February 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      How great to have my godson editing this digital issue of the paper!