You may have noticed The News-Banner’s print quality was little less than desirable last week, especially on the B Section part of the newspaper. The newspaper recently overhauled its entire print room in order to have more capabilities when it comes to printing your news every week. Please excuse last week’s issue as we were getting a few bugs worked out on the new press.
For years The News-Banner operated a four-unit printing press and then upgraded to five units in 2000. Last month the newspaper purchased a press in California and had it transported to Baxley. Installation was completed two weeks ago and last week was the first issue printed on the new press.
The new press is a six-unit Goss Community and it will allow us, once all the bugs are worked out, to print more color pages in one section or up to 24 pages in black and white in one press run.
The News-Banner is consistently upgrading equipment or processes that will enhance the publication and this is just another piece that we feel will improve our product even more.
The newspaper would like to thank engineer Jean Bayardelle for his expertise during the installation process as well as express gratitude to Kenny Rentz, Freddy Gardner, Josh Gardner, Darron Jackson, Chris Floyd, Allen Miles, J.F. Griffin, Keith Miles and Mike McDaniel for assisting during the removal and installation of the new press.
If you happened to see staff members Matt Gardner, Steve Simmons or me over the past couple of weeks and we seemed to be in another world, we had a good excuse. We were sleep deprived and physically exhausted from the installation. I ask that you please excuse our progress in the coming weeks in advance as we continue to get this new press printing to the best of its ability.