We doubt John A. Jones, Paul M. Glover, Madeline Horn, Edna Mae Wyles Kaddell and Harry Cooper could ever have imagined a 24-hour news cycle or the possibilities of being able to access our local news anywhere around the world simply by picking up a pocket-sized digital device.
Jones was the editor of The Weirton Daily Times when it began publishing seven days a week exactly 85 years ago today. Horn, Kaddell and Cooper were among its earliest staff. Glover, who joined The Weirton Daily Times in 1929, would eventually become editor and publisher himself, retiring in 1976.
We have seen many changes since those early days, as new technologies have been introduced, staff members have come and gone, and the tastes of the audience have adjusted.
The days of dozens of people working several hours to gather news for a single deadline in order to produce one physical product are long gone, replaced with multiple deadlines, a desire for around-the-clock updates made possible by the Internet, use of video and social networking to share the news of the day with residents of the Tri-State Area and the rest of the world.
Through all those changes, however, our mission has remained; to gather and deliver the news of the Upper Ohio Valley in order to keep you, our readers, informed.
The words you read on this page - or screen - document the many lives and events of our area, whether you live in the city of Weirton itself, or the many other communities in Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia, as well as the surrounding areas.
We have seen and reported on much good - from births to graduations to holiday parties and parades - as well as the bad - the disappearance of the local steel industry, crime and drug use and deaths.
We have brought you coverage of local government activities, special visitors, school events and area athletics.
It is something we have done since our earliest days of the 1920s, and will continue to do well into the future, whether you pick up a copy of our printed edition, visit us online through our website, or take it with you through our mobile applications.
So, today, we thank all those who have come before us, those who started this mission of service to the community and those who have kept it going for 85 years.
Most importantly, we thank you, our readers, for making us much a vital part of our area today as we were then.