MOREHEAD CITY — The Carteret County News-Times, an institution serving the Crystal Coast for decades, was printed in the county for the last time Saturday evening.
Beginning with the Wednesday, June 19, 2019, edition, the News-Times will roll off the press in Greenville.
“The Carteret County News-Times and its various publications, Swansboro’s Tideland News and This Week Magazine, will be undergoing a series of changes in the next two weeks. Technology is opening new opportunities for the print product, providing more benefits for our readers and advertisers,” Publisher Lockwood Phillips said in a statement.
The shift in production will bring a few important changes for our readers. Beginning Wednesday, the News-Times print edition you receive will be narrower, a reflection of the different machinery used to produce the product. Editions will have more capability for color photography, advertising and graphics.
Additionally, the News-Times will be printed at a different time. Traditionally an afternoon paper, the News-Times will now be sent to press overnight.
“These changes in design and news deadlines are not expected to interrupt delivery of the publications for home delivery customers or purchases at stands or machines,” Lockwood Phillips said. “The News-Times will continue to be delivered Wednesday and Friday by early afternoon and on Sunday mornings and the Tideland News will continue to be delivered Wednesday afternoon.”
This Week Magazine will continue to be produced for a short time at the Morehead City facility, culminating in a final press run Thursday, July 4, 2019.
The magazine, long a free product available to highlight upcoming community events, will move to digital only. Content will continue to be made available online at carolinacoastonline.com.
The building at 4206 Bridges St. in Morehead City is under contract.
The News-Times was first printed May 18, 1948, a combination of two previous publications purchased by the Phillips family. The company and its product remain family-owned and committed to quality community journalism for Carteret County.
The closing of the press and pressroom has not resulted in any jobs lost as of presstime.
“I feel very sad. This is the first time in my life when my family has not had a press,” Editor Walter Phillips said Saturday. “My grandfather had presses at The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J., and when we moved here in 1944, we of course had a press at the Beaufort News. And we’ve had presses in my family ever since, and … I’m sad that today is the last press run.”
The News-Times will remain a tri-weekly publication, with Wednesday, Friday and Sunday editions, as it has since 1981.
“The staff of the newspaper will remain the same. We will continue to work in Morehead City,” Walter Phillips said.
Coverage of Carteret County, its towns and outlying communities, along with coverage of the greater Swansboro area will remain the focus of the News-Times and Tideland News moving forward.
“While the changes will involve physical appearances, readers of these award-winning publications can take comfort in knowing that the commitment to quality local news reporting will not change,” Lockwood Phillips said.
We look forward to continuing to be your community newspaper.
Staffer Megan Lewis contributed research to this report.
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