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This Day in Georgia History

April 30, 2001

Athens Daily News Published Last Edition

The Athens Daily News published its last edition. The daily publication began publication on June 17, 1965, giving Athens a morning newspaper to compete with the evening The Banner-Herald. On the initial staff was 19-year-old University of Georgia student Lewis Grizzard, who would later become nationally famous as a columnist, author, and speaker. In 1967, Morris Communications, owner of The Banner-Herald, purchased the Daily News. After 34 years, the publishers felt that Athens was not large enough to support two daily newspapers, so effective May 1, 2001, the two were combined into the Athens Banner-Herald.