We have a golden retriever, Annie, that starts her morning and our morning by retrieving our Augusta Chronicle from the driveway.
Neither rain, sleet, snow or morning darkness keeps our Annie from her appointed duty. Needless to say, she gets a treat for her efforts.
Then my husband and I can enjoy the paper with our morning coffee.
I am allowed the sports section while the wife reads the A and B sections. I end up working the crossword puzzle after finding out if the Braves won or lost.
When I'm allowed the "News," I go to the obituaries to make sure I didn't die the day before. Then to the opinion page.
After that, I just enjoy the rest at a leisurely pace. When I'm done, the paper is used to line the cat box.
I worked in newspapers for years because my father was the production manager at the Post and Courier in Charleston for 48 years. You could say I grew up in a newspaper "plant," as they used to be called. Ink is in my blood, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
BETH SKINNER, AIKEN
My husband and I do have a routine. We take The Chronicle and the local paper. I am usually the one to walk up to the road to retrieve the morning papers out of the box.
Before I return for my morning coffee I will have scanned to see if I recognize the name of anyone in the front page obits. If my name is not there, then I can suppose I am doing well.
Once inside, I read the front section of The Chronicle and then go to the three comics I read and on to the Jumble and crossword puzzle. My husband gets the local paper because the Jumble is larger in their edition. From time to time one of us will find ourselves stuck on a word, so we have to work together.
From there, I scan the other sections for a caption that appeals. But on Sunday, he gets The Chronicle section with the Jumble first because our local paper does not have that feature on Sunday (much to our chagrin).
We both enjoy reading the newspapers, I would hate to see the day we don't have papers.
SUNDAYS: Comics, Metro, Opinion, Family, then everything else.
WEEKDAYS: Metro, Comics, Opinion, then everything else.
(Has anyone ever done a study to see how this plays out psychologically?)
JACK BURKE, AIKEN
I love newspapers, and they will never be replaced by online substitutes in my household.
They have been part of my life for over 50 years.
The love affair started at 12 years, when I became a paper boy for the now-defunct Courier Express in Buffalo, N.Y. I delivered it faithfully, rain, snow or sleet, for four years until I was able to get working papers at 16. During that time, I read it every morning before setting off on my appointed rounds.
Lessons learned running my own business have stood the test of time and helped me immensely in succeeding in my future business career.
Since that time the Syracuse Herald-Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Constitution, Wall Street Journal and some others have graced my table.
Loved 'em all, some more than others!
Rising by 6 a.m., first grinding the coffee beans and putting the pot on, then to the street for my eagerly anticipated Chronicle .
Pour that first cup, go to the sports page for an update and rise and fall with the Braves.
Next, the Metro section and a daily laugh at Rants & Raves for their generally inane comments, followed by the comics and front page news.
Next the editorial page and letters to the editor.
Finally, I check my crossword results and do the new puzzle. Reassemble for my wife and leave for the golf course where my almost daily interests now lie.
A day without a newspaper for me is like a day without sunshine.
First of all, I read the Chronicle only in the evenings.
Back when there was a Chronicle and Herald, I loved the Herald . I liked the type better than the Chronicle and just overall liked the format better.
When the two papers were combined and went to a strictly morning edition, I "rebelled" and said, "OK, I will just read it in the evening and pretend it is still the Herald ."
I read most of the first section, the opinion page, most of the letters to the editor, then I go to the Metro section.
I read all of that and all of the Business section. I never read the Sports or Want Ads.
Oh, I like looking into people's homes in the Home section on Sundays.
Reading the newspaper is an informative habit for many Augustans, but one that comes with a lot of variations. We asked our readers to share their daily ritual. They also talk about how reading the newspaper came to be a big part of their busy lives.