The Lowndes Signal, with which was combined with The Hayneville Citizen-Examiner, began on April 16, 1925. Judge J.D. Lamar was the editor.
Lamar continued as editor until 1937 when the job was turned over to his daughter, Mrs. Charlie Mae Small. Small was editor until she retired and sold the paper to Seth Kenneth and Jewel Davis Perry in July 1946.
The Perrys continued as editor and publisher until July 1960 when the newspaper and the Perrys’ interest in job printing business was sold to Cecil B. Cross Jr. and Frieda Brown Cross.
The Cross’ moved the newspaper and business back to Fort Deposit, from Montgomery where it had been located for a brief period, into the same building which had previously housed the newspaper.
They continued with the newspaper, which covered the entire county, and their printing business until the newspaper was sold to Boone Newspapers, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in June 1997. Today, The Lowndes Signal continues to serve as Lowndes County’s only newspaper.
The Signal strives to:
- Report the news of our community honestly, fairly and with integrity;
- Bend over backward to meet the needs of our customers;
- Build commerce and promote the growth of our business community through advertising;
- Give our readers useful, interesting and entertaining information in every issue;
- Edit and publish the news of our community without exclusion;
- Operate at a profit level that allows us to fairlycompensate our employees, reinvest in our organization and to stand independent of outside influences;
- Take an active leadership role and to act as a positive influence in our community;
- Do what we say we will do;
- Treat our readers, advertisers and employees as we would like to be treated ourselves; and, above all, to do what’s right, period.
Published every Thursday, 1,000 circulation
Mostly rural, heavily geared toward agriculture.
Fort Deposit is located in Lowndes County on Interstate 65 about 25 miles south of Montgomery, the state capital of Alabama.
Fort Deposit – 1,156
Lowndes County- 12,293
Luverne residents enjoy a pleasant year-round climate, with long summers and mild winters
Sabic (formerly GE Plastics), Daehan Solutions Alabama, American Apparel, Kelly Aerospace, Cummings International, Bates Turkey Farm, Priester’s Pecans, Flying J Travel Center and Hayneville Telephone Company.
Lowndes County public school system [K-12].
Lowndes Academy [K-12].
Some of the major attractions are the Civil Rights Activist Memorials, Southern Sportsman’s Hunting Lodge, Lowndes County Interpretative Center, Holy Ground Battlefield Park, Robert Henry Lock & Dam, Lowndesboro Heritage Celebration, Marengo House Restaurant, and Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Festival. The Alabama River provides both economic and recreational opportunities for Lowndes County.