This month, we will be sending out approximately 10,000 newspapers via mail as we were able to extend our distribution due to a generous ad-buy by Judge Bill Shurling. We do not endorse anyone in political races, but we thank him for offering to help us reach more readers and believing in us as a means to get his name and message out.

Because of that, approximately 4,000 additional households will be receiving our newspaper at home for the first time. Unfortunately, we cannot yet afford to continue to send that many next month without a sponsor, but we are offering delivery subscriptions to individuals for $19.99 a year at ( .) We also provide half-year and digital-only subscriptions. If you want to help us expand and improve our coverage, this is a way you can do that.

Doug Deal, Publisher of Macon Community News
Doug Deal – Publisher

This month is also a couple of anniversaries for us. Five years ago, we started our paper with the July 2013 issue, our first print edition. We have come so far since those early days, but have never reached the 12,000 in circulation we had back then. Our 10,000+ this time will come close.

It is also the 12th monthly issue since we went back in print in 2017, so we’ve completed a full calendar year with this issue. It is an exciting time for us, and we are going to try to grow quickly in our second year.

We want to thank all of our advertisers. Without their support, we would not be able to go through the expense of printing and mailing this newspaper. If you want to help us, give our advertisers a try, perhaps mention you saw them in our paper and thank them for making this possible.

Next, we would like to thank our readers. Whenever you produce something creative, one always wonders if it is having a positive impact. The feedback we have gotten has been outstanding and better than we expected. There is a joy in having people read what you have written that is hard to match with most other professions. Seeing your written work distributed in random places all over town and having someone come up to you and say they read something you wrote is a great feeling. All of us here are pleased with the reception, even as we wince at our misprints and errors. The first thing you learn in producing printed material is that the easiest time to find a typo is immediately after it comes off the press.

Finally, I would personally like to thank all the contributors who have helped us put this together, especially Lauren Deal, my wife. Lauren and I have worked many long nights of fun and frustration editing, writing, composing, bundling, sorting, mailing and laying-out our paper. Without her support, I would have never been able to start this project, much less continue it. To the rest, and there are too many to list here, thank you as well.



Published by Doug Deal

Founder Doug Deal is a former chemical engineer from Georgia Tech who switched careers into software development at the turning of the millennium. He has lived in Macon for nearly 12 years and started Macon Community News in 2013 with his wife Lauren. His goal in starting the newspaper was to publicize positive news because he grew tired of so much negativity driving most local coverage. He has 2 children, Sam and Isobel.