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County folds on legal organ issue?


The end of history

The end of history

The Brantley Enterprise will not publish an issue this week for only the second time in the past century due to financial concerns brought about by uncertainty surrounding the naming of the county’s legal organ. And pending an official decision on Monday, it may not publish again. Ever.

Three constitutional officers of the county empowered to make the decision named the Enterprise the legal organ on Dec. 23 and notified the Secretary of State’s office of the change.

But Brantley Express publisher Mittie Vaughan has refused to publish the public notice of the change as required by law, claiming the county failed to advertise four weeks in December in her paper, which was then the legal organ.

In so doing, Vaughan has failed to comply with a direct order from the county in an effort to prevent the Enterprise from being named the legal organ until January 2015.

Over the past five years the Enterprise has struggled to remain financially viable after the loss of the legal advertising, revenues from which make up the lion’s share of most weekly newspapers’ income.

The newspaper had hoped to be named the official legal organ as of Jan. 1, which would provide the financial resources to continue to publish.

But despite being named the organ by Probate Court Judge Johnnie Crews, Sheriff Jack Whisenant, and Clerk of Superior Court Cindy Crews as required by law, the situation remains very unclear, and the Enterprise has reached the end of its financial resources.

Pending a decision by county officials on Monday morning, the Enterprise – now in its ninety-fourth year as the county’s newspaper – may be forced to shut its doors for good.

In the meantime, we have decided that the only solution to the immediate lack of cash-flow is to cut the upcoming issue to ease the financial burden.  Where we go from there will depend on the decisions made by officials this week.


We will consider continuing to publish the digital edition of the paper for all the subscribers who provide an e-mail address. We may also continue to update the website, Facebook and Twitter with up-to-date stories as they become available.

But many of our readers don’t even have computers. Many just don’t like reading their news online. And for many, like us, nothing replaces the good old feel of inked newsprint in our hands.

We’ll miss it.

And we’ll miss all the friends we’ve made along the way. There are good people in Brantley County, but they’ve been beaten down by corrupt politicians. They’ve forgotten that it is they — not those in public office — who are in charge.

We won’t miss all the politicians who whispered their support but were unwilling to speak out for five long years against the injustice done to the Brantley Enterprise.

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10 Responses to County folds on legal organ issue?

  1. belinda Reply

    January 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I pray that they this news paper continues to bring Brantley County our news. I grew up reading it and continue to do so. My prayers are with you.

  2. Henry W. Aldridge Reply

    January 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    While fairness is mandatory to Mittie Vaughan, the Brantley Express, there also has to be mandatory fairness to Ken Buchanan and the Brantley Enterprise. The Constitutional Officers of Brantley County, charged with the responsibility of choosing the Legal Organ, has chosen The Brantley Enterprise. To be absolutely fair, if the Brantley Express has been the Legal Organ for five consecutive years, the Brantley Enterprise should be the Legal Organ for the next five years. After the next five years, alternate, and let each newspaper be the Legal Organ every other year. If at any time, during either of the Legal Organs’ service years, they are found to be ineffective or biased in their position, toward the legal matters of the County, the County should have the right to terminate their remaining service time, and remove that newspaper from the Legal Organ list. I am not pulling for either newspaper, I simply think the selection process should be fair.

  3. Donna Howard Reply

    January 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I hate to loose the paper. One of those that like to hold it in my hands to read. I’ve been a subscriber for at least 40 years. Hope it all works out so that y’all can continue to publish.

  4. Dianna Branch Reply

    January 13, 2014 at 12:50 am

    We need to support our own county paper not Pierce Counties. Come on we need to reach out and support THE BRANTLEY ENTERPRISE EVERYONE!!!!#

  5. Dianna Branch Reply

    January 13, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Help help we need our paper!!

  6. Ann Cardena Reply

    January 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Praying you will find a way to remain as our newspaper. It does not seem right to be over ruled by an outside force. Don’t know why they felt the need to switch sources to start with. Best of luck to all of you.

  7. frankie helton Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I have always bought the enterprise since we moved here 15 years ago.ive got hers a time or two and personally don’t know how she ever got it to be legal organ to begin with.all ways misspelled words or repeating same thing over and over again to make story look bigger then it was.i like the way the enterprise paper lay out is.will be praying for things to be the way the 3 people voted it to be.and MRS HATTIE I HOPE THEY FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINEST YOU AND WIN!!!!I FOR ONE WILL NOT EVER SPEND ANOTHER PENNY ON YOUR SO CALL PAPER!!P.S.THANKS FOR ALL THE NEWS AND PHOTO’S KEN,CHRIS AND REST.YALL ROCK.

  8. Jonathan M. Thornton Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Praying for the Staff at the Brantley Enterprise! This is exactly what bad politics will get you!I will be taking this issue up and supporting it, as well as rallying support from Brantley County Students! God Bless the Brantley Enterprise!!

  9. Jonathan M. Thornton Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    So sorry to hear about this! This is exactly what Bad politics will do! I’ll be taking this issue up and supporting it, as well as rallying support from Brantley County’s Students! God Bless the staff of the Brantley Enterprise!

  10. Elaine Thornton Reply

    January 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I believe in fairness.I believe greed is the issue.Our local paper has been wronged.We should stand by our newspaper.

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