Richmond County, founded in 1779, had its beginning with cotton and indigo plantations. The rich clay soil along the Pee Dee River supported and built some of North Carolina’s most successful antebellum plantations. Many historic homes of yesteryear have been preserved, giving the area great character and charm.

For the outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, Richmond County offers unending opportunities. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge has more than 3,000 acres of migratory bird feeding grounds. Rockingham Dragway makes Richmond County a tourist destination with more than 100,000 people annually attending events at the fabled quarter-mile.

For more than 84 years, The Richmond County Daily Journal has served the people of Richmond County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community’s appetite for goods and services through advertising of local merchants.

The Daily Journal traces its heritage back to 1931, when Scott M. Thomas began the Richmond County Journal. The first issue was dated Sept. 8, 1931.

In 1937, he sold the paper to J. Neal Cadieu for $1,400. At that time there were three weekly newspapers in Rockingham.

Click here to read about the Cadieu family’s legacy as owners and publishers of the Daily Journal, written in September 2015 to mark the beginning of the paper’s 85th year.

In 1989, Cadieu sold the paper to Park Newspapers, Inc., headquartered in Ithaca, New York. After Mr. Park’s death, the paper was sold to Community Newspapers, Inc. in 1995.

The paper was purchased by Heartland Publications, LLC on Sept. 1, 2006. In 2012, Heartland Publications merged with New York-based Versa Capital Management and two other companies to form Civitas Media LLC.

In 2017, the Daily Journal was purchased by Champion Media, headquartered in Mooresville, and moved from its downtown location.

Our goal of giving readers a balanced and fair account of what goes on in this community and elsewhere in the world will never change, while the means through which we deliver your community news and information has expanded rapidly. Today, our community members can take their news in print five times a week, through email daily, online and using their mobile devices anytime. Currently, we reach more than 19.331 readers in print. sees an average of more than 100,000 unique visitors each month.

The Richmond County Daily Journal seeks to provide the news the community needs, reported faithfully and fully, with respect for all and favor to none. We strive to be authoritative and insightful, to inform and to delight.

To accomplish this mission, we set for ourselves the following goals:

– To be the indispensable, timely source of information and community coverage, examining all subjects that affect readers.

– To provide community members with information relevant to their daily lives.

– To raise issues aggressively and constructively in matters of public interest.

– To reflect the diversity of our community’s people.

– To ensure that the right information reaches the right audience at the time they want it using the wide variety of formats available to us.

Our news and information products have our name on it, however, we want you to think of it as yours, too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you.

Contact information
Phone: 910-997-3111
General inquiries:  Nancy Terry | [email protected]
News:  Christine Carroll | [email protected]
Advertising: David Spencer | [email protected]
Circulation:  Amanda Williamson | [email protected]

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