The Calhoun Times begins its 139th year of continuous publication, one of the oldest newspapers in the state, with a current paid circulation of about 8,500 twice a week, distributed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The first issue of the Times came off the press Aug. 12, 1870. During the almost 14 decades the Times has made its weekly visits to the homes of Gordon and surrounding counties, it has had at least 21 editors and approximately the same number of owners. The founder and first editor of the Calhoun Times was Elam Christian. Of the list of men who have edited and published the Calhoun Times, J. Roy McGinty holds the length-of-tenure record, his association with the paper covering 50 years of its history, from 1929 to 1979, serving his last years as emeritus editor and guest columnist.