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By Camille Howard

Happy 328th anniversary to American newspapering! Newspapers were the first deliverers of current events and kept entire communities in the know.

The first newspaper in the U.S. was published Sept. 25, 1690 in Boston. “Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick” was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris. It was only 6x10 inches and was three pages in length. It was short-lived, being shut down by the British government, because they had not given permission for it to be published.

It would take another 14 years before a second newspaper would originate, the “Boston News-Letter” and be the first continuously published newspaper in the U.S.

Freedom of the press was not a right until the First Amendment was adopted Dec. 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights. Before that, many publishers were imprisoned for their criticism of the government and authorities.


Happy 1st anniversary to the Grant County Press, flying under the flag of new ownership. The Press has been published continuously for 122 years under private, local ownership, preceded by other Grant County publications, such as the Grant County Gazette, South Branch Gazette, Mountain Breeze and Bayard Press, all published in the late 1800s.

Only the Press has survived to this day because of the dedication of owners and editors Arch J. Welton, Ralph P. Welton, Alice T. Welton — the Welton family overseeing operations for over 80 years, and Bill and Jodi Fouch who, along with the Tetrick family of Keyser, operated the Press for 30+ years.

Thank you to all our advertisers, subscribers and readers who support us and make it possible to continue publication of the Grant County Press ... we hope for many more years, as is the tradition.

Lee Hamilton,

By Lee Hamilton

It’s so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news.

There’s dysfunction at the highest levels of government. Recent reports — the new book by Bob Woodward and a New York Times op-ed — reveal that top administration officials are so worried about the President’s impulses that they’ve formed a sort of “resistance” movement to thwart them. Many Americans express their disappointment in so many other Americans for supporting politicians who do not seem to know how to make our representative government work. And while drama dominates the daily headlines, Congress is polarized, hamstrung, and ineffective. We’re subject to Russian election hacking with very little visible effort on the part of the federal government to do something about it. Dozens of vital issues, from economic inequality to cyber-security, are going largely unaddressed.

By Camille Howard

If you’ve ever used the term “dumb farmer,” you have no clue what you’re talking about. There is no such thing, and most of you would be hard pressed to step into the boots of a farmer.

Farming isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires long hours, knowledge of the weather, crops, soil, equipment usage and maintenance, finances, bookkeeping and taxes, livestock purchasing, prices and care including recognizing and treating illnesses and a myriad of other problems that accompany raising animals.

The hay needs cut even if it feels like 100 degrees outside and the livestock need fed and watered even if it feels like 10 below. Farming is not only a commitment but a way of life.

This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week and we’d like to give a salute to all the farmers out there who so diligently work to provide the rest of us with food and other commodities.

So what does farm safety have to do with you? This is rural America and we all need to be aware that tractors and farm equipment are out on the roads. Be patient; they may be slow but they’re probably not going that far. Pulling over to the side of the road is not always an option around here, so be kind, and be thankful that someone is keeping food on your table.

To all you farmers; don’t take chances ... we can’t do without you. Just like the saying goes, “no farm, no food.”

Editor - Camille Howard;
News Editor - Erin Camp;
Advertising Manager - Tara Warner Pratt; 
Graphic Designer - DJ Bosley;
Print Shop Manager - Richard Knight; 
Bookkeeping - Peggy Hughes;
Circulation - Mary Simmons

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