Rhinoceros Times closes, Greensboro NC Rhino Times conservative weekly, Free paper and internet site money woes, God bless John Hammer, The truth in print in NC

Rhinoceros Times closes, Greensboro NC Rhino Times conservative weekly, Free paper and internet site money woes, God bless John Hammer, The truth in print in NC

“But, February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep – I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside the day the music died”

“Satan laughing with delight the day the music died”...Don McLean “American Pie”

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis


With a bit of sadness I report and mourn the loss of the Rhinoceros Times, a conservative weekly newspaper and website published in Greensboro, NC.

The truth in print in NC.

However, as the saying goes, every closed door leads to an open door.

Let’s hope so for the sake of publisher John Hammer and the truth.

From the Greensboro News Record May 1, 2013.

“The Rhinoceros Times newspaper in Greensboro closes”

“After more than 21 years, Rhinoceros Times publisher John Hammer says Greensboro’s conservative weekly newspaper has published its last issue.

“We just ran out of money,” Hammer said in an interview Tuesday.

In a post to the free weekly’s website Tuesday morning, Hammer wrote that the paper is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. He asked for reader donations to help pay off creditors.

The paper’s website will keep going for as long as it can, Hammer said — but having laid off all his paid staff Tuesday, he isn’t sure what it will look like.

“I’m still enormously interested in local politics,” Hammer said. “That hasn’t changed just because we’ve run out of money.”

Hammer said print advertising just dried up. An aborted attempt to expand into Charlotte also lost the company a lot of money, Hammer said. The paper pulled out of Charlotte in 2008.

Hammer said he met with a series of potential buyers and investors but couldn’t put together a deal to save the paper. It isn’t yet clear what will become of the paper’s offices on Market Street, he said.

Scott Yost, the paper’s Guilford County editor and columnist, said staffers will land on their feet but the community will feel the loss of the Rhino.

“I feel like we’ve been a real asset,” Yost said. “I feel like we’ve uncovered a lot of scandal, and a lot of politicians and leaders didn’t get away with things because of us.”

The Rhino freely mixed news writing with editorial comment and came at every story from a conservative point of view — something Hammer said they never denied.

But the paper also crusaded for more transparency in local government, Hammer said, reporting on politicians meeting in secret and publishing an annual salary list of every county and city employee.

The Rhino’s combative nature and conservative message made it popular with area Republicans, a number of whom it championed for local office.

“The Rhino was very important for conservatives and how we got our message out,” said Linda Shaw, the chairwoman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.

“I hate to see them go,” Commissioner Jeff Phillips said in agreement.

“I’ll miss the constant presence of their conservative message and Scott Yost at all our meetings,” Phillips said. “It’s hard to imagine Guilford County politics without the Rhino.”

Not everyone was sorry to hear about the paper’s demise.”

Read more:


“Not everyone was sorry to hear about the paper’s demise.”

A compliment if ever I heard one.

I can hear satan laughing with delight, but we must not let the truth die.


28 responses to “Rhinoceros Times closes, Greensboro NC Rhino Times conservative weekly, Free paper and internet site money woes, God bless John Hammer, The truth in print in NC

  1. citizenwells

    Good morning William, et al.

  2. CW,

    I believe with today’s technology, all print papers are facing a very difficult business challenge. I also believe that internet news will become prevalent over t.v. news – soon. If I were an investor, I would place my money in this new market.

  3. Good Morning CW, William, et. al.

  4. CW,

    I would like to ask you a personal question if I may. Why is FreeSpeech allowed to post here once again knowing his repeated history of personally attacking everyone? Because of his behavior, he has been banned from most other sites, but allowed back here to do the same? I don’t understand this.

  5. Tomorrow we should have the new labor report. I suspect it will stay the same. As more have dropped out of the labor force, benefits have expired, and those quit looking or given up, it should be wonderful news from the WH. we are on the right track. Go figure. (literally)

  6. citizenwells

    The labor force situation & economy are much more dismal than reported & perceived.
    20 % of Americans receiving food stamps tells the tale.

  7. Free Speech


    Sad to see any conservative site close, but thank God for Drudge, The Blaze, Atlas Shrugs and Citizen Wells!

  8. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    CW – I found this little nugget while reading about Dianna Durbin dying this week at 91. She quit Hollywood in her 20’s. In this youtube made in the 40’s, I couldn’t help but think of “1984”. The letter read by Cary Grant from a dying soldier to his baby son is very moving. If they could see now the condition of our present day country self destructing, they wouldn’t believe it !!
    It is 20 minutes long- But goes fast

    “The Shining Future”

  9. Free Speech

    Just heard on FOX News that most internet carriers are compiling info for the regime. So be careful about which carrier you choose.

    Good News is The Blaze is being picked up by cable carriers because so many people are calling their cable carriers demanding it!

    I urge all Patriots to call their cable carriers and demand The Blaze. Also please promote Citizen Wells on other sites. CW was one of the first to report the truth about the regime and is still one of the leading edge sites reporting the truth.

  10. Pope Francis Set to Canonize 800 Christians Slaughtered By Muslims in Otranto

    (sounding more familiar these days….esp. in Egypt where they’re crucifying victims)

    The Otranto Cathedral was consecrated in 1088. In August 1480, clergy and survivors of the Ottoman siege of Otranto took refuge in the cathedral – the Ottoman force eventually broke in and killed those inside, turning the church into a stable or a mosque and destroying its 13th century frescoes. After Otranto was retaken in 1481 by a force under Alfonso V of Aragon it was turned back into a church and heavily rebuilt to house the relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who had been executed after the 1480 siege. Behind the chapel’s altar is the ‘stone of martyrdom’, traditionally held to be that used to behead the martyrs. On August 12, 1480, 800 citizens were taken to the hill of Minerva, now called the Hill of the Martyrs, and beheaded because they refused to renounce their Catholic faith. Their remains were taken to the cathedral and the skulls preserved in the altar piece as a prominent reminder of these 800 martyrs.

    Pope Francis is set to canonize 800 Christians who refused to denounce their faith and were slaughtered by Muslims in Otranto, Italy.
    The Catholic Herald reported, via Jihad Watch:


  11. Free Speech


    The Saul Alinsky plot to vilify guns

    Exclusive: Ted Nugent rips tactics of ‘social engineering indoctrination camps’

  12. May 2, 2013

    Beckwith at “The Obama File”:


    “True unemployment rate hits 23 percent — highest since great depression”

    “Doug Ross is reporting that John Williams’ ShadowStats charts the real unemployment rate by employing the methods the U.S. government used to use, before they became a political liability.

    The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.”

  13. Missed this back in February. A video produced by Western Journalism Center. Even if it’s been posted before, it is worth revisiting.

  14. Free Speech

    William | May 2, 2013 at 7:38 am |

    I would like to ask you a personal question if I may. Why is Free Speech allowed to post here… he has been banned from most other sites…


    I post at CW because I choose to!

    It is one of the few sites that allows people to post legitimate, non violent methods to remove bo and his co-conspirators. I post at the Blaze for the same reason. Occasionally I post at other conservative sites at which I choose to post!

    The only “conservative” site that I have been banned from posting at is Free Republic. I consider that a badge of Honor since most, if not all, intelligent, well informed posters have been banned from that site, leaving poorly informed ranters and bo regime agents like the ones who rant here and try to get anyone offering legitimate, non violent methods to remove bo banned from CW.

    A rhetorical question: if you are not a bo regime agent then why are you tracking my posts and the activity of other bo opponents on the internet!

  15. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Beaking on all stations – Placing spire on World Trade Cener – NOW

  16. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)


  17. FreeSpeech,

    You do not post, you rant with baseless paranoia accusations and childish name calling. And you dare call that “Intelligence”? You have since forgotten most all here have known you for several years, not just here but at other sites as well. You did the same thing there to all others. The only person on any website that is not a Bo Cohort, according to you, is you.

  18. To add more F.S.,

    You claim you were jailed because of attempting to expose Obama, even put your Name up there with those such as Lt. Col. Lakin and many more. This is seriously delusional in logic as you were jailed as a criminal outside anything to do with challenging Obama. You envy what you cannot have, bravery! You are characteristically flawed and lack Courage. You have no choice but to ride on the back of others in order to promote yourself for the lack of what you cannot have. In science terms, we call them parasites!

  19. citizenwells

    To those of you claiming that the FS incarceration was not related to his political views.
    That is not true.
    I went to the sources including his wife.
    His treatment in TN court & legal system was directly tied to his opinions.

  20. By the way F.S.,

    Go ahead and explain what elected official office you ran for here in our State of Tennessee and the Party you ran under in your past!..

    Honesty will set you free.

  21. CW,

    His jailing was not due to exposing Obama, as that of Lt. Col. Lakin, which is what he compares it too. Big difference. Political opinion, and Jailed in attempt to expose Obama, are 2 different comparsions.

  22. citizenwells

    I am not comparing anyone to Lakin & his sacrifice.
    Just telling the truth.

  23. CW,

    Either all of us at your site are Bo Cohort Conspirators, or we are not. F.S. has declared we are and set off a firestorm. My suggestion is either he puts a muzzle over his lying claims, childish name calling, or you do. I know that’s blunt, but something is going to give. If not, he most likely (once again) be the only person posting here.

  24. citizenwells | May 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    I am not comparing anyone to Lakin & his sacrifice.
    Just telling the truth


    I said F.S. was comparing himself to that, in past threads. Not you. ??

  25. CW,
    I pray that you are able to distinguish your friends from your enemies.

    Proverbs 27:21

    A hot furnace tests silver and gold,
    and people are tested by the praise they receive.

    For instance…………..

    ‘Free Speech | May 2, 2013 at 8:49 am |


    Sad to see any conservative site close, but thank God for Drudge, The Blaze, Atlas Shrugs and Citizen Wells!

    (He’s kissing up, CW.)


    Luke 22:48

    but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

    This is certain people’s MO. I really don’t trust some people’s background. And honestly? Why would you trust mine? Well you can’t absolutely. Neither can you trust anyone here unless you build some kind of relationship with them. But I believe most people here are on the same page as you are and merely want the truth……except for one.

    You’ve known us long enough to know where we’re coming from.

  26. Drudge, Beck and Geller can all kiss my back side, along with Hannity, Limbaugh and Levin.

    Just sayin,

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