Opie and a classmate start to produce their own news sheet, the Mayberry Sun, but sales are pretty slow. Barney tells the boy that he knows exactly what's wrong: he needs to broaden the scope of his stories beyond his classroom and publish news articles that people want to read. He and his friend Howie decide they are going to publish all the gossip that's fit to print. Soon, they are eavesdropping on private conversation printing verbatim what they say and with full attribution. Soon, everyone in Mayberry will know exactly what Aunt Bee thought of the lunch at the social, that Andy thinks the Reverend Martin's sermons are dry as dust and comments about a local May-December romance. When they realize what has happened, Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee scour the town to try and retrieve all of the copies the boys have distributed.
Did You Know?
The printing press Howie and Opie use is the Ideal Printing Press, a toy that sold for 11.44. See more
Sheriff Andy Taylor and old Burt Mustin are sitting on a sidewalk bench in front of a store display window discussing the apparent length and dryness of the preacher's sermons. Young newspaper reporter Howie is eavesdropping nearby. There is a slight breeze blowing that is enough to move Howie's cowlick. The revealing mistake is that the breeze is also moving the drawstrings on the blinds inside the window and moving some loose packaging on a product displayed inside the window directly behind Burt Mustin. This reveals that there isn't any glass in the store's display window. See more
Always had a nose for news.
That's right, Ope. Actually, Barney's nose came first and then he kinda grew around it.