Column: Everything changes, except a desire for news

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on March 9, 2009

Everything has a story, and the story of the Chronicle began about 128 years ago, in 1881.

Let’s consider some other notable debuts of 1881:

• The American Red Cross

• Sherlock Holmes

• The Tuskegee Institute

• Phoenix, Ariz.

• Gunfights at the O.K. Corral

So, it was a fairly long time ago when the Chronicle began life as The Valley Chronicle, a weekly newspaper that primarily served St. Charles.

In 1973, the Paschal family, who had purchased the paper in 1903, began publishing the Geneva Chronicle, and in 1976, the Paschals purchased the Batavia Herald, changing the name to the Batavia Chronicle. A fourth paper, the Chronicle West, was published from July 1977 to June 1980.

In March 1981, the Chronicles became semi-weekly, publishing every Wednesday and Friday. The Elburn Chronicle premiered in 1987.

In 1990, the Chronicle papers were consolidated into a new publication, the Kane County Chronicle.

In 1991, the Chronicle became a daily paper, publishing Tuesday through Saturday. Monday papers were added in 1997.

In 2003, the Chronicle added a Sunday edition.

It’s now 2009, and in many ways we’re going back to 1991, changing our name to The Chronicle and printing editions on Tuesday through Saturday. Our last Monday edition will be tomorrow’s paper and our first weekend edition will be published March 21.

Needless to say, the Chronicle has gone through many changes. But you know what? It’s still here. Still covering the Tri-Cities and the western part of the county. Still providing local news coverage.

Change, as we all well know, is an inevitable part of life. It’s what we all do with that change that’s important. We can either fear it or we can embrace it. Change is going to happen no matter what.

We choose to embrace change at the Chronicle. Our weekend edition will give readers a full lineup of local news, local features, local sports and ideas on how to spend the weekend. Our Web site – which will still be – will be updated even more frequently to keep you abreast of the latest news in our communities. Our format might change, but what we do will not.

In the next 128 years, there will be even more changes. Who knows what technology is coming down the path? But as long as we continue to publish news and information that is relevant to our communities, there will always be a need for us news gatherers. Before newspapers there were town criers. Before town criers there were bards. There is always someone to collect and disseminate the news.

And that never changes.

Joe Grace is the editor of the Chronicle. You can contact him at jgrace@kcchronicle or 630-845-5368.


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