The purchase of San Patricio Publishing Company will include the newspapers San Patricio County News, Portland News and Mathis News.
This makes eight newspapers for the Beeville company, which also owns the Beeville Bee-Picayune, Goliad Advance-Guard, Karnes Countywide, The Progress (covering Live Oak and McMullen counties) and the Refugio County Press.
“We believe they fit our model of regional newspapers providing hyper local coverage of their communities,” said Beeville Publishing Company co-publisher Chip Latcham. “Up until now, we’ve added one newspaper at a time to the group, so this brings some additional challenges, but we are blessed to have a great team and are looking forward to ramping up our coverage and products.”
“The communities of Taft, Odem, Mathis, Sinton and Portland, no doubt, will wonder how their papers will be changing,” said co-publisher Jeff Latcham. “That’s a good thing. Good community newspapers are owned by the community itself; we’re just fortunate enough to be the caretakers. When readers talk about their ‘hometown newspaper,’ it means something.”
The Latchams, fourth-generation publishers, purchased San Patricio Publishing from James F. “Jim” Tracy Jr. and John Henry Tracy, also brothers.
“Having Chip and Jeff Latcham take over the legacy that my brother and I have continued from our parents and grandparents was a big factor in our decision to sell,” Jim Tracy said. “We feel confident they will serve our readership with honesty and integrity.”
The Tracys and Latchams are families which parallel one another in many ways, which includes many years of friendship that started with their respective parents, according to Jim Tracy.
“Change is always something we, as individuals, have to deal with in life, and this decision to step aside has been in the works for a while,” Jim Tracy said. “It’s time to pass the baton to publishers that are on top of the printing media industry, who are innovative and have a deep concern for the small communities they already serve.”
“We wanted to entrust our business to people who hold the same values we do,” John Henry Tracy said.
“We are grateful to John and James Tracy for entrusting us with these three newspapers,” Chip Latcham said. “Their family and ours have known each other for years, and we look forward to working with the wonderful people of San Patricio County.”