About

The first full issue of The Times-Record was published on Wednesday, August 24, 1977. At that time, the staff consisted of Jesse Ayres as publisher, David Poyner as editor, Bobbie Cross as advertising director and Jerrie Elliott as typesetter.

While others newspapers stretch out their coverage to include a wide area, we choose to focus on our county. Our emphasis is on events that impact the lives of our readers - action taken by county and city governments, how local sports teams are doing, what major events are happening in the area and what might be going on in area schools. This attention to detail has kept people coming to us for their news for over 40 years.

The Times-Record was purchased in the 1980s by Hershel Lake and Horace Moore. In addition to The Times-Record, the company owns additional weekly newspapers in northwest Alabama:

  • Pickens County Herald
  • Journal-Record
  • Northwest Alabamian
  • Winston County News.

Five people have served as editor of The Times-Record since that first issue. Poynor was editor from 1977 until 1989, Michael James from 1989 until 2001, Teresa Williams Sanders from 2001 until her death in 2013, Crystal Foster from 2013 until 2016. Michael Palmer currently holds that position. In addition to Palmer, the staff consists of Jerrie Elliott, now the general manager of the paper; Dean Maddox, staff writer; Gina Lynn, advertising director; and Meshell Tingle, advertising design and layout.

Contact us today,
Phone: 205.932.6271 or 205.932.3300

  • Jerrie Elliott: Office Manager
  • Gina Lynn: Advertising Director
  • Michael Palmer: Managing Editor
  • Dean Maddox: Sports Editor
  • Meshell Tingle: Classified, Legal and Composition