Banned from the front cover of this Yuletide edition are stories of crime, accidents, fires, politics, disasters, budgets and fiscal plight. Such events might be included in today’s edition, but not on our front page — not today, not at a time when “The City With Spirit” and its surrounding residents celebrate the greatest gift ever to be given to mankind ... the birth of a Savior.
Front page headlines today are highlighting the good that men, women and children are doing in our community. Indeed, we spotlight these wonderful deeds year-round in our newspaper, a community-first publication, that has proudly served as part of Cleveland and Bradley County for 158 years.
Today’s highlighted news stories not only feature positive news, but also some creative work compliments of our talented staff. One such lighthearted, fictional perspective is today’s “Personality Profile,” capably written by staff reporter Delaney Walker, a young Lee University graduate who literally fell from the sleigh in her exuberance at interviewing the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself, Santa Claus.
Also, in observance of the Christmas holiday and to allow our dedicated and hardworking staff the opportunity to spend the Yuletide with their families and loved ones, our office will be closed today by early afternoon and will resume normal business operations at 8 a.m. Wednesday. We will not publish a Christmas Day edition.
In the spirit of the season, and from our Cleveland Daily Banner family to yours, Merry Christmas!
May this season of miracles bring a warmth to your heart, a smile to your face and an unconditional conviction that love will light a path for those who will boldly follow its journey through life.
We’ll see you Wednesday.
— The Publisher