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.