History of The Budget

The early days

The Budget was founded by John C. Miller, an experienced printer who thought Sugarcreek needed its own community newspaper. The first edition was published May 15, 1890. It reached 600 subscribers by mail. The cost for a yearly subscription was 50 cents.

In December of 1891, the bi-monthly paper became a weekly and was renamed The Weekly Budget.

Ohio’s Amish and Mennonite communities also began to embrace the newspaper, sharing news from their communities with Budget readers.

The paper’s appeal began to grow beyond its central Ohio borders, reaching Amish and Mennonite communities not only throughout Ohio but in other regions of the U.S. By the mid-1890s The Budget was mailed to post offices in 18 states.

In 1906, circulation reached 5,000, and The Budget was on track to become the nation’s most widely circulated small town newspaper.

In January of 1910, the paper began to publish twice a week – each Tuesday and Friday.

In 1914, The Budget moved its operations to its current home on Factory Street. Two years later the first Linotype machine was purchased. The cost of a one-year subscription was $1.

In 1950, The Budget came under new ownership, and the company name was changed to Budget Printing Company.

Birth of the Local Edition

To better serve its readership, The Budget evolved into two editions in 1961, and that format continues to the present time.

The Local Edition was a paper filled with local news coverage from Sugarcreek and the surrounding communities in east-central Ohio.

The National Edition, consisting almost entirely of letters from Amish and Mennonite writers reporting news and lifestyle events from their own communities, was mailed to subscribers in Plain communities throughout the U.S.

The two editions were combined as the Home Edition, which was mailed to all in-state subscribers.

The multiple-edition approach proved successful and continues to be used to this day.