We owe you an explanation. You’re probably wondering why a small-town, family-valued newspaper would run the top-page banner we’ve got on our front page.
On June 29, 2018 five reporters and newsroom workers in Annapolis were killed in cold blood in the office of the Capital Gazette.
Among them was Wendi Winters, a twenty-year veteran of the industry, who used a trash can, a recycling bin, and her last breath to charge an intruding gunman and distract him long enough to allow six of her colleagues to flee to safety.
Dubbed an “American Hero,” Winters was a mom of four who used her life to protect her colleagues, friends, and the very industry they served.
In response to the deadly attack, Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook tweeted a simple yet bold message of resilience and defiance: “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.”
The Capital Gazette’s unwavering devotion to delivering the news in the face of such tragedy is an example and inspiration to others in the industry nationwide. In a moment of solidarity, The Times Gainesville of Georgia has called upon newspapers statewide to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting as well as unfathomable and unbreakable spirit of its survivors by running Cook’s tweet as a banner as the paper’s frontpage masthead. Troup County News asks all readers to join us in remembering the fallen heroes of the Capital Gazette as well as those living and working in the aftermath of the tragedy.
The author of this article can be reached via email at jboggs@troupcountynews. net.