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The Andalusia Star-News
The Andalusia Star-News
207 Dunson St.
Andalusia, AL 36420
(334) 222-2402

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History
Not long after the turn of the century, Edward Doty started Covington County's first newspaper, a weekly christened The Andalusia Star. It is the forefather of today's Star-News.

Doty sold the paper to a Tennessee businessman, Oscar Duggar, but it was soon purchased by Byron Vickery, W.B. Locke and A.G. Jones of Andalusia. In 1923, The Covington News opened its doors. It published as a competing paper until 1948 when it was merged into the Star and The Andalusia Star-News was born.

In 1982, the newspaper became a daily, publishing on Tuesday through Saturday mornings. The forerunners of the Star-News were not the first newspapers published in Covington County. That honor goes to The Covington Times, which was established on November 11, 1886, but folded after several years. Doty sold the paper to a Tennessee businessman, Oscar Duggar, but it was soon purchased by Byron Vickery, W.B. Locke and A.G. Jones of Andalusia.

In 1923, The Covington News opened its doors. It published as a competing paper until 1948 when it was merged into the Star and The Andalusia Star-News was born. The forerunners of the Star-News were not the first newspapers published in Covington County. That honor goes to The Covington Times, which was established on November 11, 1886, but folded after several years.

In 1994, the newspaper moved into its modern offices located at 207 Dunson St. The expanded facilities included state-of-the-art prepress, mailroom and press equipment. The newspaper is a major printer of newspapers and specialty publications for south Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. In a typical week, more than 40 editions of daily, weekly and monthly publications are printed at The Star-News.


Mission
Our mission is to be the marketing and communication leader in Covington County. We seek to produce the highest quality product the economics of the community served can support. And then, by ingenuity and imagination, we strive for a higher quality in an effort to serve and build that community.


Circulation
Published Tuesday through Saturday mornings.Distribution in combination with the free-distribution Extra is 17,500.

Internet presence
www.andalusiastarnews.com

Community involvement
Employees of the Star-News are involved in a number of community clubs and organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs. In addition, employees and the company are substantial contributors to the area's United Way campaign.

Awards
The Star-News has won numerous state press association awards including: Alabama Press Association First Places in First Amendment Protection, Best Editorial Page, Best Editorial Column.

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