The paper won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles that showed the city's water was contaminated and had been for 8 years. The newspaper was then family-owned. It had a circulation of 8,736 Monday through Saturday and 8,969 on Sunday as of Sept. 30, 2007, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The newspaper has been owned and published by the Futrell family since 1949.
On June 16, 2010, the Futrell family announced they were selling a majority stake in the newspaper to Boone Newspapers, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama.