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    Advancing Wellman for 125 years

    From handset type to a line-o-type to computers to a just-launched fully redesigned, real time website, The Wellman Advance has equalled its name for 125 years. The latest advance offers news, photo galleries, community information, archival access, commentary and more.

    The official celebration for the milestone anniversary is Friday, September 12, 2014, with an Open House at The Advance office, 230 8th Avenue, Wellman, from 2-4 p.m.

    The very first issue of The Advance came out on Friday, September 13, 1889.  Initially the office was housed upstairs from Longwell's Drugstore on 8th Avenue until owner/publisher/founder William Reed erected a new building.  The newspaper moved only four times in its century and a quarter and is now in a former drugstore, echoing its start.

    The two-page cylinder press that served the paper well into the 20th century is long-gone, as are the typewriters and layouts tables that were familiar.  Today, The Advance is totally assembled on computers taking up much less space than during its early years.

    Its mission of 125 years ago has not changed. It was created by Reed to advance the community in all ways and "politically, we shall remain strictly neutral and whatever our private convictions may be, they shall not be aired in these columns," vowed Reed. They never were and never will be.

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