The Herald draws on a venerable tradition of monitoring local government and businesses while celebrating the Rock Hill area's arts and culture. The publication traces its origins back to 1872, when it was known as The Lantern and was operated by local entrepreneur J. M. Ivy. Over the past 141 years, the paper passed under a series of owners and companies, experimented with changing its name multiple times, and blossomed into a respected, modern news source with a robust online presence. Readers can access The Herald at any time of day or night from their computers, tablets, and smartphones or thumb through the printed pages of the daily and Sunday editions. Each edition is full of pro, college, and high-school sports stories, insightful opinion pieces, and thorough coverage on the governments, businesses, schools, people, and crossword puzzles that make up the Rock Hill area.