Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 10:24 am.
By Bud and Dee Timmons
It is with great sadness that we announce that the September 20, 2018 issue of The Chapin Times is the last one.
As many of you know, Bud’s illness has become increasingly debilitating, and that has made it very difficult for us to produce the paper each week. Dee also has recently encountered health issues and hospitalization.
We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you who have subscribed to our publication, and supported us with advertising and information throughout our 42 years of operation.
The first issue of The Chapin Times was published on February 25, 1976. Thad Bruner was the first editor and publisher. Homer “Bud” Timmons, a Chapin resident, was general manager and advertising director. Later Bud and Dee Timmons purchased the paper and continued its service to the community.
Bruner announced in that first issue, “The Times will seek to offer a voice, a means of communication, and a source of news for all residents in the growing Chapin area. Other areas to be served will be Pomaria, Little Mountain, Ballentine and White Rock. In founding The Times, we feel that this area offers great community spirit and a tremendous growth potential.”
Who could have predicted in 1976 the growth the greater Chapin area has experienced, especially since the late 1980s? And who could have predicted then the changes that would take place in how people receive their news?
Newspapers in 1976, daily and weekly, were where most people turned for news about their community, state and nation. Then came the internet and social media and increasing options in radio and television. We are living in a much broader information age than when we started.
Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for newspapers to survive with rising publication costs, declining numbers of subscriptions, and ever increasing competition for advertising dollars.
We want to especially thank our friend and former Chapin Mayor Stan Shealy for all of his help through the years, with columns that he has written, photos that he has contributed, and assistance in other ways.
It is our hope that although the door is closing on Chapin’s local newspaper you will continue to be informed and served well by the Chapin News, offered on Facebook and on the Internet, and that you will give them the same support and encouragement that you have given us for decades.
Please send your news and information to them at ChapinMediaGroup@yahoo.com, or by mail to Chapin News, P.O. 26, Chapin, SC 29036.
Again, we thank all of our readers and supporters. We ARE Chapin.
Bud and Dee Timmons