Fred Hughes began publication of The SENTINEL newspaper in Marshall in 1999. He soon purchased his competitor, the NEWS-RECORD, which had been published in Madison County for one hundred years, and combined the two papers into a weekly publication called the NEWS-RECORD & SENTINEL. Before he retired, Hughes, a railroad buff, moved his newspaper enterprise into two boxcars. The boxcars are appropriate also because Marshall's history is intimately connected to the railroad. The newspaper is thought to be the only newspaper in the world that is produced inside boxcars.