Sunday, October 19, 2014 marked the 25th year since The Dodge County News began publishing a newspaper in Dodge County.
After working at the Courier Herald in Dublin for three years, Chuck Eckles decided to start his own newspaper in Eastman. After researching starting a business for a year, he and his new bride, Cindy Mullis Eckles, started the newspaper in the old Mercer AA Drive In location on First Avenue.
Later, they moved to their current location at 226 Main Street. They then incorporated under the name Middle Georgia Publishing, Inc.
In January of 2007, Chuck and Cindy purchased The Times Journal newspaper in Eastman from Rosebud Publishing, Inc. and combined the two newspapers.
Middle Georgia Publishing also purchased the Mid State Shoppers’ Guide in Cochran in September of 2013.