Since this is our first issue of 2014, The Missourian extends its best wishes for the new year to all of our faithful readers. Our pledge remains the same — to keep our readers informed, to be fair in our dealings with the general public, report on the activities of our local governments and schools, speak out on issues of the times, give readers a forum for their opinions by publishing letters to the editor, give our businesses the best possible advertising medium and publish a newspaper and through our website provide timely news of the life and times in our circulation area.
The Missourian has been around for a long time. It began 154 years ago — 1860 — as the Franklin County Gazette. In 1861 the name was changed to the Franklin County News. In 1867, it became the Franklin County Observer. That name lasted until 1926 when it became The Missourian. This newspaper has been a weekly publication for most of its life. For a period in the 1920s it was a daily. When The Missourian purchased its competitor, the Washington Citizen, in 1956, twice a week publication began.
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