Paper shutters Morehead City pressroom

Longtime pressman Tony Melke checks registration lines and color values of a Daily Line insert as it rolls off the press Saturday in the pressroom of the Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City. The Sunday, June 16, 2019, edition of the News-Times is the last to be printed in Morehead City as production operations are shifted to Greenville. (Dylan Ray photo)

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.

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

(3) comments

CARTERETISCORRUPT

A little investment in investigative journalism would be very good, and contribute to the health and security of the served population.

beachmami13

Agreed! The News Times rarely posts about the current news and more about feel good news. It would be great to have articles about how the true locals feel about current issues like the flounders, the Maritime museum getting a ton of $, Beaufort taxes being raised and the way development isn't taking into consideration sustainable growth that will end up with well paying jobs, only more low level wages that aren't high enough for anyone to live on. It would also be great to have a newspaper that isn't in the pocket of the current politicians in Carteret County.

David Collins

Mami , you were doing just fine until you mentioned jobs. Basically there are scant few of them about that pay much above minimum. You can’t pay low skilled folks 20, 25 or 30 dollars/hour to do $7.50/hour work. Quite soon you will be out of business yourself. Just the way things work. If the demand for highly skilled folks existed then the pay would be commensurate. Folks live here because they want to, for a variety of reasons. Employers have long known this and only pay enough to keep them showing up for work. If high wages are what you are after, acquire skills and move to where the demand is. Actually a pretty simple solution. Sort of like picking your desired poison.

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