The Bainbridge Post, a weekly newspaper, was established by E.H. Pat Griffin in 1907. In 1915, Griffin acquired the assets of The Searchlight, founded in 1898, from Russell Brinson. The newly combined newspaper would be The Post-Searchlight and also incorporates the assets of a number of earlier Decatur County newspapers, including The Weekly Tribune, The Globe, and The Democrat.
In 1933, S. Marvin Griffin, the founder’s son, was named publisher of the newspaper. He held this post until 1972, save a four-year period from 1955-1959 when he served as Governor of Georgia. His son, Sam Griffin, was named publisher in 1972 and served in that capacity until May 2008.
Bainbridge Media, LLC, a newly created company owned principally by key executives of Boone Newspapers, Inc., purchased the newspaper and an affiliated printing plant from Griffin on June 1, 2008.
10,000 combined circulation between paid and TMC product. Newspaper is published Wednesday and Saturday. TMC is published on Wednesday.
Bainbridge is located in the southwest corner of Georgia, just 40 miles from the Florida state line and 50 miles from the Alabama state line. Bainbridge is a growing, thriving community of 12,000 that offers a great quality of life with great public schools and unmatched recreation opportunities.
A much anticipated tradition since 1976 is the Christmas Eve Caroling concert performance by the Bainbridge British Brass Band at Willis Park in Downtown Bainbridge. The Post-Searchlight is the corporate sponsor for this event and even supplies the instruments to the volunteer players.
The Post-Searchlight also awards the Montford-Lynn Award each year to the Peace Officer of the Year who serves Decatur County.