Anson County is located in the south-central part of North Carolina, a land of green, rolling hills and bustling industries. Anson County residents live within one hour of the Charlotte metro area and just over two hours from the beaches at North Carolinas coast.

Wadesboro, the county seat, is home to People Fest, an annual festival in October, which attracts thousands of visitors to the county.


For 135 years, The Anson Record and the Messenger and Intelligencer has served the people of Anson 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 Anson Record traces its heritage back to 1881, as the Messenger and Intelligencer, but the modern Anson Record was first published on Jan. 20, 1955. A.D. Way Jr. was the first editor of the paper. The Record, Messenger and Intelligencer were combined in 1979.

The paper was purchased by Heartland Publications, LLC on Sept. 1, 2006. Six years later, venture capital firm Versa Capital Management merged Heartland with two other newspaper chains to form Civitas Media.

In 2017, The Anson Record was purchased by Champion Media, headquartered in Mooresville.


Our goal of giving readers a balanced and fair account of what goes on in this community and elsewhere in the world will never change, while the means through which we deliver your community news and information has expanded rapidly. Today, our community members can take their news in print every Wednesday, through e-mail daily, online and using their mobile devices anytime, as well as through live streaming broadcasts from locations around town. Each Wednesday, an estimated 10,500 readers turn to The Anson Record for the latest news in the Anson County community. The Anson Record was established in 1955. The Messenger and Intelligencer was established in 1881. The papers combined in 1979.


The Anson Record seeks to provide the news the community needs, reported faithfully and fully, with respect for all and favor to none. We strive to be authoritative and insightful, to inform and to delight.

To accomplish this mission, we set for ourselves the following goals:

. To be the indispensable, timely source of information and community coverage, examining all subjects that impact readers.

. To provide community members with information relevant to their daily lives.

. To raise issues aggressively and constructively in matters of public interest.

. To reflect the diversity of our community’s people.

. To ensure that the right information, reaches the right audience, at the time they want it using the wide variety of formats available to us.


Our news and information products have our name on it, however we want you to think of it as yours, too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you.


Contact information
Phone: 704-694-2161
General inquiries: Gwen Tyson |
Advertising:  David Spencer |