The Jefferson Post was created when The Skyland Post and Jefferson Times were combined, which occurred in the late 1980s. The Skyland Post was the older of the two newspapers, which as was reported in a history of Ashe County, was founded by Ruth Reeves in 1931. She reportedly purchased the old Jefferson Record and Northwestern Herald and started printing The Skyland Post. The final edition of The Skyland Post was published on Oct. 12, 1988.
Many people remember The Skyland Post and to this day some of the older generation refer to the Jefferson Post as the Skyland Post. They well remember Mrs. Stella Anderson, who was the editor of The Skyland Post for 45 years, from 1937, when she and her husband purchased it from Reeves, until 1982. In that year, it was sold to Patty Wheeler and her husband, Al. Patty was the last editor of the Skyland Post and the first managing editor of The Jefferson Post.
For more than 23 years, The Jefferson Post has served the people of Ashe County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community’s appetite for goods and services by the advertising of local merchants.