Help us celebrate our anniversary

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

‘Masthead is passe.’ Flag is in

The Moultrie News recently ran a contest to choose a new masthead. We offered four masthead styles and asked readers to vote.

A reader, Carl Nandrasy, wrote us and stated our definition of a “masthead” was incorrect.

In an email he said, “A masthead is ‘a statement in a newspaper, magazine or the like, numbers, etc.’ according to my dictionary, and as taught to me in journalism school.

What you’re referring to is commonly called a ‘flag,’ ‘banner’ or ‘nameplate.’ Masthead was used years ago but is now passe.”

We always enjoy hearing from readers, and we stand corrected.

This week, we begin a new chapter with a new flag for the Moultrie News that the readers chose.

It is all part of a bigger event: the 50th anniversary of the Moultrie News in 2014. We could not allow such a momentous event to go by without celebration.

First on the list was to dig into our archives and make a timeline of our history.

But, how could we do this when all the archives were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo? We searched libraries around the state and found the only library with archives of our papers is the South Caroliniana Library in Columbia. We hired a graduate student, and she is doing a great job researching the history of the Moultrie News.

Thank goodness the Caroliniana had the foresight to recognize that community newspapers are a source of history and character of communities.

The researched information will be used on a special web site and a printed special edition.

And we want you to celebrate with us.

We will have three celebration events next year.

Kicking off the celebration will be a day of fun and music at Awendaw Green in April. Thank you Eddie White for celebrating with us.

In June, we party on the lawn of Boone Hall with Plane Jane and the East Coast Party Band. Our thanks go to Willie McRae and all the fine folks at Boone Hall.

We will rock the night away with these two local favorite bands.

In the fall, we will cap our year off with a family day at the islands. The event will be at Sullivan’s Island Park and will be in cooperation with the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

Watch for more details, but we could not wait to share the great news with you.

Vickey Boyd, Publisher

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