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The Kenton Graphic-News-Republican collection includes 1911-1920.

Published every Thursday in Kenton, the seat of Hardin County, Ohio, the Graphic-News-Republican resulted from the 1911 merger of the Hardin County Republican and the Graphic-News. The Hardin County Republican had its roots in the county's earliest newspaper, the Hardin Intelligencer, which was established in 1843 to support the Whig Party. James S. Robinson, who had worked in Mansfield and Tiffin newspaper offices, took charge of the paper in 1847, changing its name to the Kenton Republican. Over the next several decades, the paper's name and leadership varied, but "Republican" remained in the title to show its political alignment with the Republican Party.

The Graphic-News, on the other hand, was independent in politics. It was established as the Kenton News in the early 1880s. In 1890, the independent Kenton Daily News, the county's first daily newspaper, was formed, and its weekly counterpart became known as the Graphic-News. The Kenton Daily News consolidated with the Kenton Daily Republican in 1896 to form the News-Republican, also issued daily. The weeklies merged 15 years later on August 10, 1911 in order to provide "readers and advertisers better service" since the publishers could concentrate on producing one weekly paper instead of two (in addition to the simultaneously-published daily paper).

The Graphic-News-Republican reported extensively on community news of Kenton and Hardin County. Although national and state news was often featured on the front page, the remaining seven pages were dedicated to local people, events and news, such as illnesses, deaths, marriages, sports, politics, reunions, meetings, and community comings-and-goings. Sometimes this information was organized into gossip or correspondence sections, organized by village or township name. Business and want advertisements were also major components of the newspaper. During World War I, readers were kept apprised of United States involvement in the war, particularly information on those from Hardin County who had enlisted in the armed forces. On February 26, 1920, the Graphic-News-Republican published its final issue. The daily News-Republican continued until 1953 when it merged with the Kenton Daily Democrat to form the Kenton Times, which is still published today.

 
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