A letter to our readers and advertisers:

This is the last newspaper the Times-Herald will print on its own presses, ending a nearly 150-year tradition.

Beginning Wednesday, the Opelika-Auburn News production plant will begin printing our newspaper.

The obvious question is why? The answer comes down to two intricately linked issues: cost and quality.

Our presses are getting old and maintaining them is becoming more and more expensive. We are in a Catch-22 because currently we only print our newspaper, which only takes about an hour to run. Therefore we have a huge investment that just sits there most of the time.

But to get more printing business, we would have to invest a lot of money to bring our presses up to where they need to be.

More and more newspapers, especially smaller ones like ourselves, are outsourcing their printing and inserting to regional printing plants like the Opelika operation. That facility is actually its own business entity, as they print other smaller papers as well.

It’s just cost effective for us to shift our printing operations.

The second issue is quality. Our older presses just can’t get the quality our readers and advertisers deserve. Opelika, which has very modern presses, can. Our presses are much more “hands on,” Opelika’s are almost completely computerized.

Business reporter Clay Neely has an accompanying story about the Opelika operation. We wanted you to see and understand the differences.

Another advantage is the Opelika plant has more than double our capacity. We can only print eight pages of color in a single run; they can print 16. This opens up more potential for advertisers who want color ads.

This has not been an easy decision. William Thomasson, our president, has been involved in printing the NTH for more than 50 years. We are working diligently to help find jobs for those who are leaving us with the closure of our printing warehouse.

It is, however, time.

We will have kinks to work through as our graphic artists and photographers tweak color settings to adapt to the new press settings. Please bear with us.

But the end result will be a much better product for you, our readers and advertisers. And that it what it is all about.

Thank you for your continued support of your community newspaper.

John A. Winters 

Publisher





More Local

Airport Authority reviews lease rates

The Coweta County Airport Authority reviewed lease rates to make sure they were comparable to local areas and discussed its intergovernmenta ... Read More


County sets rollback millage rate following hearing

The Coweta County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the “rollback millage rate” for county operations and to keep ... Read More


Suit filed over deputy chief’s retirement package

A lawsuit has been filed against three Coweta County commissioners, alleging that the vote to approve a substantial retirement package for f ... Read More


Student given max sentence for having gun on campus

The 14-year-old student who was arrested for carrying a gun on the Newnan High School campus was sentenced to a youth detention center on Mo ... Read More


Man shot by unknown assailant

One man was injured after being shot by a stranger. Early Tuesday, Newnan Police officer Scott Kilgore responded to a call at Piedmont Hospi ... Read More

Turin to celebrate its 125th on Saturday

Turin will celebrate its 125th birthday Saturday – with a barbecue lunch, stories from oldtimers, classic cars, a balloon launch, acti ... Read More