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“The Morganton Herald” and “The Burke County News” were combined under the new name, “The News-Herald”, in November 1901. In the early years, the newspaper was published as a four-page weekly edition. Cobb served as editor-publisher until his death at age 49 in 1916. After his death, his daughter, Beatrice, took over as editor and publisher.

Beatrice Cobb is pictured in the office of ‘The News Herald’. Cobb became editor of “The News Herald” on her father’s death in 1916 and held that position until his death in 1959. This photo was created by Greene Studio and submitted by Susan Fitz McAninch to Picture Burke, a Burke County Public Library Digital Photograph Preservation Project.

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Room at the Burke County Public Library


No mention of News Herald history would be complete without including one of the most influential and independent women in Burke County history, Beatrice Cobb. Most of the text in this article is taken from his biography, written by Edna Mae Herman for “The Heritage of Burke County, Volume 1,” published in 1981.

“Known affectionately as Miss Bea, she was a prominent figure, not only in newspaper circles, but also in the community of Morganton and in the state of North Carolina,” Herman wrote.

In 1916, Beatrice took over ownership of “The News-Herald” upon the death of her father, the late TG Cobb. She was the eldest of TG and Ella Cobb’s six daughters.

She had been a teacher for several years at Hickory High School before being appointed principal of Murphy High School in 1913. She resigned from Murphy’s post to return to Morganton to assist her father in the running of the newspaper, by due to his declining health. Beatrice taught at Morganton High School for three years while assisting her father.

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