Smallville Torch — Season One

The Smallville Torch is Smallville High School's student newspaper, often referred to simply as the Torch. The paper reported on the news around the school and the town of Smallville in the show "Smallville." This archived section is a compilation of articles from the series' first season.

Volume 50, Issue 51 | 2002

Volume 50, Issue 51 | 2002


By Chloe Sullivan

I’m back from my brief stint on admin’s blacklist. Censorship issues tenaciously, if tentatively, resolved, I’m here to get us back on track with all things true. I have a few new “rules” I am supposed to abide by. Keep things “light,” “school-related,” fun. Stay away from dark alleys and “tabloid” issues. (Sound a lot like: be blond, be bland, be boring?) 

I assume this wrist slapping was intended to hush my hollering about paranormal events, mutants and such. And so I say this: I promise you, my faithful Torch readers, I will not print anything in this paper that I cannot firmly back up. My business is journalism. I’m here to find out the facts, and that’s what I am going to do. From here on out, I’m Chloe Sullivan, your source for the Truth.

Volume 50, Issue 51 | 2002

Local Teens Show They Care

Reprinted from the Smallville Ledger

by Kathy Romita

Vampires descended upon Smallville High School recently, and civic-minded students willingly rolled up their sleeves and gave blood for a good cause. According to the American Red Cross, blood supply in this area is at an all-time low. “Smallville High usually sponsors an annual blood drive later in the year, but we moved it up so we could better help the current demand,” said Lana Lang, student chair of the drive. The enthusiastic Lang further stated, “We had a really great turnout, and some students who were unable to donate blood volunteered time working the event. We surpassed our goal, and it feels really rewarding to help out.” 

Local Red Cross workers explained that many of the students gave blood for the first time, and they were a little apprehensive. “Lana had a calming effect on her fellow students. We’ve never seen so many boys line up to donate blood,” remarked Macy Ruddzehn, a registered nurse. “It really makes you proud of our community and our teens,” Ruddzehn continued.