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On Jan. 28, 1875, “Your Messenger for the Arkansas River Valley” was born. The newspaper that is known today as The Courier began with B.F. Jobe and James E. Battenfield serving as the paper’s inaugural business manager and editor, respectively. The Courier-Democrat was formed after the consolidation of The Courier and the competing weekly Russellville Democrat in 1898. The newspaper went daily in 1924, publishing Monday through Friday.