By Chuck Woodbury
You can always tell you are in a town without a local Craigslist website because the local newspapers still have good-sized classified sections. You usually encounter this in small towns off the beaten path.
Most small town daily newspapers and weekly newspapers charge at least 75 cents a copy, often a dollar or even $1.50. That’s too much for me because the papers are usually thin with little interesting reporting. Sometimes the crime reports are good, though. A rural California newspaper once ran a report about how the fire department had been summoned to put out a fire. It turned out it was a burning bag of potato chips. I am not kidding you! It’s not at all unusual to read about a cow that was running loose around town.
If you just like to read these small town papers and are on a budget, stop by a newspaper recycling bin and pull out a dozen issues. Put them back when you are finished. You’ll also find interesting magazines, Modern Rancher, titles like that. I always enjoy paging through these periodicals to gain some insight into a subject that’s totally foreign to me.
The local library is also a good place to read the local newspaper. But all too often they are closed when you’re in the mood for the local news.