THE LITTLE PAPER THAT COULD
One of the many, early, activities of the Arden Civic Association was the creation and publication of a local newspaper. In 1955, the group created a small (3 page) bulletin entitled "Sunrise Beach News" that consisted almost entirely of news about the association meetings and plans, social notes about who did what and when, the new people who just moved in, who had visitors, and so on. In those days, all the services involved (including duplication and house-to-house distribution) were provided by volunteers and there was no charge for the paper. With the growth of Arden, the NewsBuoy also grew.
Over time the NewsBuoy became filled with activity news that included sporting events, scouting updates, group updates, and eventually articles on topics that affect the community as a whole. For more than 3* years, the NewsBuoy was printed 12 times a year on a monthly schedule. During that time, different individuals served in volunteer journalist positions that reported the news, an editor to put the news items into shape for publishing and layout for the printer, and individuals who folded, sealed and prepared the papers for delivery to the Post Office. Unfortunately, two major changes occurred in the history of the NewsBuoy: 1) the community lost a resident who had been volunteering his printing business as the production source for publication, and 2) with the increase in the number of residents (and the overall size of Arden itself) it became no longer feasible to depend on volunteers to hand deliver the paper.
As with everything, costs were incurred and it became necessary to secure a commercial printing service and use the U. S. Postal Service for distribution. At that time, an advertising manager was brought on to sell the advertising you see in each issue (this is very important, because the revenue from the ads pay for the printing and distribution). Together, the group continued to maintain the NewsBuoy but at times both the content and issue quantity wained. Eventually, through dedicated volunteerism, the NewsBuoy settled into a quarterly distribution pattern as the team organizing it sought to financially stabilize its existence along with securing content that the community was interested in. Through the early 2000s the publication bounced back and has commanded the support that it once had.