When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to find the comics’ section from the Sunday paper at my grandmother’s as I waited for her to finish breakfast.

I had to see the latest happenings of Blondie or what hijinks Garfield was getting into that day.

I also had to find the television guide to let me know if I was going to be able to catch Legends of the Hidden Temple or Figure it Out on Nickelodeon, or see what the latest movies were playing at the World of Sports.

Of course as I grew older, I became more interested in the current events of the day, and gave attention to more than just the comics or the entertainment sections.

Newspapers provide a wealth of information from local events in the area to the latest news from local government, business adventures, what’s going on in the political arena, crime and more.

They’ve been circulating since the 17th Century, and have certainly advanced since the 1440s when Johannes Gutenberg introduced his printing press in Europe.

Even in the 19th century, many used a linotype process, or a hot-metal composing machine for newspaper operations, which cast whole lines at once.

I’m not too familiar with the process, but from what I understand, typographic errors required resetting and recasting the entire line, and sometimes adjacent lines if the spacing was changed too much, much more time consuming than the digital era of today.

Eventually, linotype was replaced with phototypesetting machines and later computerized typesetting and page composition systems.

And that’s not even getting into the photography side of things.

There’s not much need these days for dark rooms and processors. All one needs in most settings is a digital camera, a touch of a button and a digital card reader.

But, no matter the advances of technology, there’s much that remains the same with newspapers such as the integrity to get correct information in a fair and balanced way.

That’s certainly what we attempt to do each and every day.

Local newspapers are operated by people who care about the area, and we strive to do the best we can for our neighbors.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com