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April 28th, 2010
San Marcos Record stops the presses

by SEAN KIMMONS and BRAD ROLLINS

For the first time since at least 1872, the county doesn’t have a newspaper printed in the county seat.

The San Marcos Daily Record, which publishes five editions a week, this month shuttered its printing press operation and outsourced the work to Cox Enterprises’ Austin American-Statesman. Founded in 1912, the Record began printing in-house in 1917 and continued for 92 years until April 3.

“We made a business decision that we could print more effectively if we outsourced,” Daily Record Publisher Stan Woody said.

An undetermined number of employees were laid off as part of the move, including the paper’s four pressmen and nearly all of its circulation department. Woody did not respond to an inquiry on how many employees were let go.

Besides its broadsheet newspaper, the Record previously did print jobs for nine commercial clients.

“We’re just going to be a vendor to them,” said Michael Vivio, the Austin American-Statesman publisher, who said that his presses currently print 25 other publications. “We hope to provide the best quality possible for the readers of the San Marcos paper.”

San Marcos has a colorful history of competing newspapers and at least one has been printed continuously in the city since at least 1872, when the San Marcos Free Press began operations.

The Record began printing daily, more or less, in 1971. In the early 2000s, the Record was bought out by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, which owns 90 daily and 200 non-daily newspapers in 22 states, according to the company’s website.

The Daily Record’s press will be dismantled and used for parts in CNHI presses.

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3 thoughts on “San Marcos Record stops the presses

  1. It’s a shame, but can’t say no one saw that coming. The Daily Record has, for years, failed to get a solid pool of freelance writers in the community who would/could cover various local events. Community organizations love to get their name and their causes in print; yet there never seem to be any solid contributing writers. It’s embarassing to have a local paper with front-page stories from the Associated Press. Second-year Mass Communication majors could have done better than that!

  2. Glad to see this online paper back

    When I moved here in 1993 I subscribed to the Daily Record, thinking that getting the local paper would be the best way of learning about San Marcos. I gave up and let the subscription lapse after 6 months. I found out you could find our just as much about San Marcos in the Statesman or Express-News as in the Record. I have lost track of how many important local stories the Record simply failed to cover. Only since tow online newspapers have come along is it possible to be well informed about what is really happening in San Marcos.

    When the almost Daily Record ceases publication sometime in the near future I will like to say I will miss it, but I won’t.

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