OUR TURN: We want to say thank you, goodbye and hello

For 18 years The River Cities Tribune has chronicled the lives of people in the Highland Lakes. You now hold in your hands the last print edition of the paper.

It is with a true sense of sadness, but also accomplishment, that we at parent company Victory Publishing Co. Ltd. have decided to fold The Tribune into The Picayune.

The Tribune began as a weekly subscription-based publication. Six years ago, it became a daily, serving the Highland Lakes with hard-hitting news and important local information. It won several statewide press association awards for excellence.

What you hold now is its latest incarnation: a Saturday-Sunday weekly.

Hard economic times have forced The Tribune, as well as more than 150 newspapers nationwide, to fold this year. When Editor Thomas Edwards announced he was leaving for a journalism opportunity in San Antonio, we realized it was time to shutter The Tribune.

As we looked back this week at the major stories covered over the years, the entire staff felt a renewed sense of pride for their accomplishments. The Tribune led the charge to bring reform to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative and to stop the speed van from faceless traffic ticketing.

The staff has worked tirelessly to bring you the latest in area sports news and to serve as a watchdog of local government.

The needs of the Highland Lakes community have always been at the center of everything we have done here at The River Cities Tribune.

That has not changed at Victory Publishing, as we will continue to publish The Picayune in a new/old format designed to keep you informed about the world around you.

The Picayune is relaunching with a Wednesday, Nov. 14, edition.

We are moving from broadsheet to tabloid size, the original format for The Picayune when it first began publication over 20 years ago.

The online news site, www.DailyTrib.com, will also continue to provide fresh and breaking news daily, along with ThePicayuneTV.com and 101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes.

All the qualities that earned The Tribune the title of the best small newspaper in Texas will live on in The Picayune, in print, online and on video.

So, while this is a sad ending, it is also a joyous new beginning.

To all the babies we welcomed into the community and all the friends we bid farewell, we dedicate this final issue to you.

To all our readers and supporters, thanks for picking us up each week as we chronicled your accomplishments, your concerns, your fears and your tears.

We will always be a part of your history, and we hope to be a vibrant, important and essential part of your future.

Thank you for allowing us into your lives.


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