‘Texas City Sun’ Sets on Saturday, Combines with Galveston Paper

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By: E&P Staff

After 92 years, the Texas City Sun will publish its final edition Saturday.

The 6,330-circulation Texas daily will be folded into the 24,000-circulation Galveston County Daily News with its Sunday Nov. 7 edition. Galveston Newspapers Inc., which owns both papers, said this would result in “one larger, more complete daily product.” The redesigned paper would continue to be called The Galveston County Daily News, but it will have a circulation of nearly 30,000 and will offer an expanded news hole and more advertising coupons than Sun readers have had in recent years.

The Sun’s folding was announced Oct. 17. At the time, Galveston Newspapers officials blamed the poor economy in Texas City for the declining circulation and ad revenue of the Sun.

In a front-page article Friday about the Sun’s final edition, officials said “virtually all of the long-term, full-time employees of both papers will remain with the unified newspaper.” It said longtime Sun Publisher Les Daughtry will be senior vice president of the company. Sun Managing Editor T.J. Aulds will oversee news operations in the so-called mainland region. Sun Advertising Director Patti Shelton will remain as part of the newspaper’s sales leadership team, the article said. Sun Sports Editor Brandon Williams was named sports editor of the combined product.

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