CORRIGAN -- After 64 years of service to the Corrigan area, the Corrigan Times will cease publication at the end of the year, Publisher Alvin Holley has announced.
The Dec. 28 newspaper will be the final edition of the northern Polk County publication and its office will close. Starting Jan. 1, its staff will join the Polk County Enterprise.
Subscribers to the Corrigan Times will receive the Polk County Enterprise during the remainder of their subscription terms and those who have been receiving both publications will have the time left on their Times subscriptions added to the end of their current Enterprise subscription.
Coverage of Corrigan area news and sports will continue in the pages of the Enterprise, which is a county-wide publication. In addition to Corrigan, the Enterprise also serves Livingston, Onalaska, Goodrich, Big Sandy and Leggett as well as the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas’ reservation east of Livingston.
“It is with regret that we had to cease publication of the Corrigan Times, but declining subscriptions and advertising made it necessary,” said Holley. “I do want to assure the people of the Corrigan area that we will continue to cover their news, but in the future, it will be through the pages of the Polk County Enterprise.”
Founded in 1953 by Bill Perkins, the Corrigan Times was sold to P.M. Johnson in 1954 and was operated in conjunction with a printing company. Johnson also bought a printing company in Groveton that same year and operated both the Corrigan Times and the Groveton News. Both newspapers were printed in the Groveton press plant.
Johnson sold the Times on Jan. 1, 1969 to Lee C. Smith, who continued to publish the newspaper until 1972 when he sold it to the East Texas Eye, a Livingston-based newspaper operated by the Barney Wiggins family.
The East Texas Eye ceased publication in 1976 and it sold the Times at about that time to the Diboll Free Press.
The current owners, Polk County Publishing Co., purchased the Times in 1979 and assumed ownership on Jan. 1, 1980.
In addition to the Times and the Enterprise, Polk County Publishing Co. also owns the Houston County Courier in Crockett, the Tyler County Booster in Woodville, the San Jacinto News-Times in Coldspring/Shepherd, the Trinity Standard and the Groveton News.