Small Paper, Small City Undergoing Big Changes in Virginia

For a century, the Culpeper Star-Exponent — whose predecessors date to 1881 — served a small community that changed relatively little.

Today, the newspaper is dealing with rapid change in its central Virginia market. Since 1980, Culpeper County has more than doubled its population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, mostly with commuters to the nearby Washington, D.C., area. Also, Hispanics now comprise nearly 10 percent of a community that once was just whites and African Americans, some of whose families date back to when George Washington surveyed the area in the mid-1700s.

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