Times Press-Recorder to shut down after 129 years

The Times Press-Recorder will publish its last paper Friday — ending a 129-year tradition of covering the Five Cities and South County.

In a letter to subscribers, the company announced the Times Press-Recorder would shut down after Friday because of decreases in advertising revenue and increases in costs.

The community newspaper is owned by Lee Central Coast Newspapers, which also owns the Santa Maria Times and Adobe Press.

Lee Central Coast Newspapers managing editor Marga Cooley said the change is a reflection on how the company is changing its business model as a whole and moving toward more digital content.

Cooley declined to disclose how many people subscribe to the weekly community paper.

In addition to the closure of the Times Press-Recorder, Cooley said, the weekly Adobe Press will experience some changes, starting June 3 with a revamped publication that focuses less on self-created content and more on entertainment and community stories pulled from the company’s other news outlets.

The company also announced the Santa Maria Times would stop publishing a Monday newspaper next week. Monday stories would go online only at santamariatimes.com.

All employees with the Times Press-Recorder and Adobe Press will be reassigned to the Santa Ynez Valley News — another Lee Central Coast community paper, she said — though they will continue to cover some South County topics.

The newspaper has been published once weekly on Fridays since 2008, when the company ended its Wednesday run and shut down its Arroyo Grande office amid the economic downturn.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie