Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan that would return many of the county’s legal advertisements to The Galveston County Daily News. The new agreement allows the county to take advantage of publication of the notices in the print editions of The Daily News, as well as its other print products and websites.

In the fall, the commissioners switched from The Daily News and named the much smaller The Post of Texas City as the county’s official newspaper. That effectively ended more than 100 years of publication of notices in the county’s largest news outlet.

After months of negotiations, county commissioners agreed to a plan that allows The Post to remain the official newspaper but would add The Daily News for publication of sheriff sales notices in the daily newspaper edition, as well as the company’s weekly community newspapers The Mainland Messenger and Island Neighbors.

County Commissioner Ryan Dennard noted that the new agreement effectively doubles the reach of running notices in The Daily News. Combined, the three publications reach 83,000 households and businesses in the county.

Tuesday’s decision followed commissioners’ approval last week of an agreement for The Daily News to promote and provide free access to all of the county legal notices and announcements through The Daily News’ website, galvnews.com, which has more than 1.3 million page views and more than 180,000 different readers each month.

Through the print and online agreements, the county now has a reach of more than 200,000 readers.

“We are honored to once again handle the sheriff sales for the people of Galveston County,” Daily News Publisher Leonard Woolsey said. “We fully support the commissioners court decision to reintroduce (the legal notices) into the Galveston County Daily News.

“This is a big step in the right direction for more transparency. Now, more people will have access to this information.”

Dennard cautioned that the agreement is not set forever. He said the county judge’s office would monitor the effectiveness of the agreement to ensure the county is getting value for the advertisements.

He added that while expanding its reach, the agreement would not cost the county more money than it budgeted for legal notices.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

(6) comments

Don Ciaccio

I hope it was worth endorsing a man that should have been fired. Everyone knew this would happen if Henry was re-elected.

Robert Young

The fact is in November GDN will have a chance to get it right...

Judy Foster

Dennard cautions the GDN, if your not nice to CC we will take it away from you. Amazing.

Chris Gimenez

This is freaking hilarious! The GCDN endorses the County Judge and within days of his securing his next term the decision is reversed to award this back to the GCDN. WOW!

Isn't Hubris Taylor always the one holding public officials accountable to the "smell test" and then they go out to publicly endorse the office that holds sway over whether they get the county's business?

A truly amazing disregard for the "smell test" and the hypocrisy of their deed.

TJ Aulds Staff
TJ Aulds

It should be noted that the county did not award the official newspaper status back to The Daily News. That status for monthly notices - as the story notes - remains with the Post. All of the legal notices remain with the Post... This was an addition to meaning only the sherif's sales will also be published in The Daily News. This proposal was originally given the green light by commissioners in January -- as was reported then -- , but purchasing wanted to review it with legal to make sure it met all state requirements. That was completed last week. It should be noted that for the political stances both candidates for judge said they supported the proposal.

Chris Gimenez

You can spin it any way you want. The fact remains that the GCDN endorsed a candidate/position that is influential in whether the GCDN receives business from the county. In my book it was unethical and the GCDN should have stayed on the sidelines.

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