You have, no doubt, noticed by now that your Daily News has changed. We’re flying a new flag, there are some new things to read and some things you usually see on Sundays aren’t where they were.

The changes were motivated by two things. We wanted to do something special to celebrate the newspaper’s 175th anniversary. That major milestone occurs Tuesday — the first edition of The Daily News came off the press April 11, 1842.

Everyone here is very proud to be part of an organization with such deep roots in the community, and we’ll celebrate our long association with the people of Galveston County for the next 12 months. We’re asking you to celebrate along with us.

The newspaper will hold several public events across the county to which you all are cordially invited. These will be chances to meet the staff and share some light refreshments. Details will be published soon.

We’ll publish a special commemorative magazine in July. It will be something to keep around.

You’ve probably also noticed that there’s a period in our nameplate. You can read more about that in Publisher Leonard Woolsey’s column. Suffice here to say that it hearkens back to and is a nod to our beginning. The nameplate you see today is a very close reproduction of the original. We like it and hope you do too.

The second reason we changed The Daily News was to bring you a better, more relevant, more informative and more entertaining newspaper. Today is the beginning of that and entailed mostly restructuring our pages.

For example, our business coverage has moved to Sunday from Thursday and into a much expanded section beginning on page C1 and still anchored by Laura Elder’s popular Biz Buzz column.

The lifestyle features have moved from Sunday to an expanded section called Weekend that will be published Fridays, along with the entertainment news usually appearing then and religion news that had been appearing on Saturdays. Our goal is to create a section that tells you everything you need to know to plan your weekends.

The biggest change is a rethinking of our B sections with the creation of something we call Sports Plus. The goal of Sports Plus is to cover everything people like to do when they aren’t working, whether that’s following high school football, sweating though a CrossFit workout, tooling around on a bicycle or chasing redfish from a kayak. This section will be about where to go and what to do to get the most out of active living in Galveston County.

The new format also will feature a daily Community page, allowing us to publish Applause items and the like more regularly.

We’ll keep covering the kinds of news that had been appearing in B sections through the week, but it will move into A Section. Some institutional offerings such as school columns will move to online only.

The restructuring allows us to better use limited page space and removes the need to bounce features between sections. For example, the Opinion and Commentary pages, which have been in A Section some days and B on other days, will be in A every day. Sports, which also has jumped around, will be in B every day.

Newspapers always are works in progress and there will be a lot of work, and we hope a lot of progress, during the next few months as we make refinements.

We’d very much like to know what you think; tell us at

• Michael A. Smith

Contact Editor Michael A. Smith at 409-683-5206 or​

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