The Press: The Iron Hand

In Clarksburg, W.Va. (pop. 32,000), where the morning Exponent (circ. 15,381) and evening Telegram (circ. 24,729) have been the only dailies in town for 50 years, Publisher Cecil B. Highland, 76, rules with an iron hand. The names of local citizens who displease Highland are banned from his papers, even though some hold public office. He has fought daylight saving time, a public sewage-disposal project, and turned down ads for a community project to raise money for the widow of a local hero who had tried to save three boys from drowning. By his own peculiar rules of nonpartisanship, the Exponent...

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