The first edition of The McDuffie Mirror hit the stands July 3, 2003. Our goals were to provide this community with substantive news reporting of city and county government, schools, law enforcement and courts in addition to features about local people and their interesting lives.
For the past nine years, the staff of this newspaper has done just that, and though our vision of what the business side of what this newspaper could accomplish in that time was not met, we genuinely feel that our promises to the community were fulfilled.
Yes, this is the final edition of The McDuffie Mirror.
We have accomplished so much and so many individual thanks are in order. In an effort not to leave anyone out, we have decided not to mention anyone by name.
First, thank you to all of our readers, both those who subscribed and those who bought our editions from the racks each week. Our long hours and dedication was for you. Thank you for your many messages of support. Once this final edition is mailed out, we will be reviewing what is left on each of your subscription accounts and will be reimbursing each subscriber, sending your refund to the address where your newspaper now arrives. Expect a check within a few weeks. Inquiries into these refunds should be directed to Tia Fleming at (706) 823-3423.
Second, thanks to our advertisers. We took seriously your trust in our product and we worked hard to provide you with the best possible venue to promote your businesses. Thank you for your investment in our publication, despite our closure, we feel that it was wisely placed. As we close out our accounts, please feel free to send questions to Parish Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (478) 625-7722.
Lastly, thank you to the McDuffie County community, the schools, governmental agencies, churches, clubs and the individuals who allowed us into your lives in very personal ways.
Together we have shared tears in your triumphs and tragedies. We’ve cheered with you on the sidelines, walked with you at the Relay For Life, danced with you at Bind Willie, grieved with you curbside during accidents, raised questions with you of our elected officials and smiled as we helped you announce countless births, weddings and other good news.
By allowing us access into your lives, your stories have become our stories.
Again, we thank you for sharing your lives and stories with us and the honor and privilege of allowing us to share them with this community we care so much about.