COLES COUNTY NEWS:THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING--     THE NEWSPAPERS

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THE CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS

JOHN RARDIN BECOMES PUBLISHER OF THE DAILY NEWS

John Rardin, son of Claude Rardin, former publisher,  has been described as a man raised up in the world of journalism. Rardin was Democratic in political viewpoint, and would often state his political opinions in editorials.  On the other hand, Arthur Lynch, Publisher of the Courier refrained from editorializing.

 

LEE LYNCH AND THE DAILY NEWS

In 1937, Lee Lynch had started his career with WDZ. Evidently he and Benjamin Weir, publisher of the COURIER did not see eye to eye on this and other things. Lee "would leave the COURIER and quickly move to the offices of the DAILY NEWS. He would start a column called "Stray Notes" and would shortly become the city editor of the DAILY NEWS. He would write one of these rather lengthy columns every day it was published until 1942, when he would have to resign the tough routine because of health failure.

Lee would continue submitting a weekly column until his death in. John Rardin and his son Jack, who worked at the DAILY NEWS when Lee was there, would grow very dependent on the Coles County Reporter. It was a sad day for them when he resigned his city editor position. It was devastating when Lee would suddenly die in 1951.

LOUISE TAYLOR PROVIDES NEWS FOR "PERSONALITIES IN THE NEWS"

During most of 1959, the Coles County Reporter would leave her radio news articles for John Rardin to print. He would sometimes edit them a little too much and Louise and he would fuss. (She always did have a little trouble with managers and editors).   The public would not know about the politics and running of the news industry.  The purpose of running a newspaper was to make a living, and to provide accurate information and news to the readers.  Radio broadcasters were very public people, whereas newspaper editors such as Arthur Lynch were not public.  The only way Arthur Lynch, editor of the Courier would become public was through his newspaper articles.

DAILY NEWS CLOSES IN 1960

The   need for two   Charleston   papers evidently dwindled.  John Rardin ceased operations and sold the paper to   Benjamin   Weir, publisher   of the Courier. John Rardin was killed in an auto accident in Kentucky in 1966.  Jack Rardin now operates the Print Express on 18th St. in Charleston.

John Rardin wrote a brief letter to his subscribers on the front page of the last edition.   This letter is can be read on the next page of this article.

 


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