One day recently, going through our newspaper, I picked up a section that had been added to that day’s News-Graphic and I wondered just what a newspaper is.

I don’t think that even though I had been tied to newspapers from high school until today that I had really thought of a definition of “newspaper.” So I got out the dictionary, which I use, mainly, for spelling, and turned to the word: “newspaper, and here is what I found:

“newspaper (nuz pa per), n. A paper printed and distributed, at stated intervals, usually distributed daily or weekly. News, advocate opinions, etc: a paper that has features and advertising.” That is what the “Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary says.

And, as I turned through the issue, I thought how often our paper comes out. And how our newspaper, The Georgetown News-Graphic completely fills the definition.

Here are a few examples besides local news that the Graphic staff covers.

  It is graduation time and what you saw in that issue is pages of information and pictures of local graduates. In all the stories that I have in the many papers I read, include photographs of the hundreds of senior graduates.

The Graphic includes not only individual stories of county events, but a full page of all the week’s events in the county with photographs. There’s also a page of editorials with room to write your own opinions.

And the paper’s news and features go from the county boundaries in all directions.

The sports pages cannot be beaten; you are introduced to “People You Should Know,” “Things You Should Know,” “Find a Friend,” the weather and pictures of every kind of happenings. And ads!

And besides pages of advertisements, there are magazines.

Recently one named Healthy Living had a story on the value of bicycle riding. It made me think of earlier times — my bicycle that I bought with my school lunch money that I saved and would slip off from school and go home to eat a mustard sandwich until I saved enough money to buy a bicycle — which my mother didn’t want me to have, with my own money.

The Graphic magazine’s story you might want to read  “Reasons to Embrace Cycling,” might make you want to get on a bicycle because:

“A study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow examined more than 260,000 individuals over the course of five years. The study found that cycling to work can cut a rider’s risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half.

“And “exercise boosts brain power and may be able to stave off Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly...”

So, reading might be a good medicine.

Check out the paper for all kinds of things for Scott County, even medicine.

Joe Rhinehart can be reached by  e-mail at

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