For more than 80 years, The Richmond County Daily Journal has served the people of Richmond County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community's appetite for goods and services through advertising of local merchants. The Daily Journal traces its heritage back to 1931, when Scott M. Thomas began the Richmond County Journal. The first issue was dated September 8, 1931.
In 1937 he sold the paper to J. Neal Cadieu for $1,400. At that time there were three weekly newspapers in Rockingham.