The Dispatch began publication in 1902, succeeding the weekly Davidson Dispatch (1882–1902), founded by T.B. Eldridge. The paper increased to semi-weekly publication in 1919 and to a six-day-a-week schedule on September 6, 1948. On September 1, 2008 the publication eliminated its Monday edition and was published only five days.
Estimated average circulation of The Dispatch in 2013 was 6,892.