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The first newspaper published in Williamston was The Williamston News in 1900. The Williamston Journal was founded in 1955 by Edward Wills, editor and publisher, who sold it in 1963 to William C. Meade, publisher.
During the early 1970s, Meade purchased new NewsKing units to print the newspaper onsite. Two additional units were added in 1983.
Meade was joined in the business by his sons, David C. Meade and Richard A. Meade after their graduation from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and 1984.
In addition to the weekly newspaper, the business is a full service commercial printing facility.
The Journal was one of the first South Carolina weeklies to offer total market coverage (TMC) with a publication called The Upcountry in the early 1980s. The Upcountry name was changed to Journal Plus until the program was discontinued as a regular publication in 1996.
At the height of the 1980s and early 90s, The Journal had a high circulation and press run of 6300. Approximately half of the weekly sales were from newsboxes and retail rack sales in Williamston, Pelzer and Piedmont area.
Butch Blume was editor in the early 1980s Sharon Crout was editor from 1984 to 1998. David Meade was named managing editor in April 1998.
Under his leadership, The Journal established a website, www.thejournalonline.com which won a SC Press Association 2nd place award for design and usability in 2004. In 2009, The Journal began offering the entire newpaper online to paid subscribers.
David Meade is a 1983 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in Business Administration and a background in Marketing and Journalism. He is the managing editor of The Journal, Weekly Newspaper of Williamston, Pelzer, Piedmont and surrounding communities.
Chairman Spring Water Festival
Board member Main Street Williamston/Envision Williamston
Chairman Envision Williamston Community Engagement and Marketing Committee
Former Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) President
Former Anderson District I and II Career and Technology Center Board Member
Richard Meade is a 1984 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in Journalism. He is the production and print sales manager of The Journal Printing.