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July 25, 2014

Facts about The Sun

On August 16, 1876, the first edition of The Hartwell Sun (then The Sun) came off a Washington hand press into the waiting arms of editor John Magill, a Confederate veteran who had volunteered for service at age thirteen.
The Sun became The Hartwell Sun with the issue of May 14, 1879. During the year 1882-83, financially frustrated business manager, E. B. Benson, is believed to have altered the Sun's slogan, Devoted to Hart County and the Accumulation of a Little Ready Cash. The February 27, 1925 edition was entitled the National Publicity Edition and contained 64 pages in six sections. The edition was circulated throughout the country and was in some overseas countries as well. Today, it offers a wealth of information for historians and genealogists.
Although longtime editor/owner Louis Morris died in May 1955 before completion of Lake Hartwell and the dam, he contributed much work toward insuring the site and applying the Hartwell name to the project.
1962 marked the first time The Sun covered a meeting of the Board of Finance (now Board of Commissioners.) Editor Buddy Hayden received an icy reception when he tried to explain that the press had the right to be present.
By December 1970, the newspaper had arrived in the technologically modern world. In addition to having computer-set type, it completed its transition from hot type (letter press) to cold type with the installation of an offset press.

At Present

In April of 1999 Community Newspapers Inc. purchased The Hartwell Sun and in November of that year, the newspaper moved into a remodeled building located at 8 Benson Street. Originally the building was designed for and used as the Winn Dixie Grocery store and later as a furniture store.
The Hartwell Sun prints at The Georgia Mountain Press in Cornelia. Located at The Northeast Georgian newspaper.
Robert Rider serves as the regional publisher of The Lake Hartwell Region. Other department heads include General Manager Peggy Vickery and regional accountant Kathy Crawford. The newspaper has 15 full- and part-time employees. Our goal is outlined in the mission statement that runs in each issue of our paper. It reads:

The Hartwell Sun is published with pride every Thursday for the people of Hart and adjoining counties by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, GA. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communities - "Newspapers get things done!"
Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity, loyalty, quality, and hard work.