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“November 28th was our issue, so this was roughly five days after the president was shot,” said Navasota Examiner Publisher Scott McDonald while looking at an article of the assassination of Former President John F. Kennedy.
It's easy to get lost in the headlines while thumbing through a 50-year-old newspaper that's so rich in history.
“Nation mourns President Kennedy's death,” McDonald read. “It was like the 9/11 of back then; I mean, just looking through them, reading the headlines and seeing how they covered the news back then to how we cover the news today.”
The Navasota Examiner was first published on Sept. 23, 1894; most of those papers are archived in the back of the small, cozy tight-knit building.
“People take stories to cut them out and send them to grandma in another state,” said McDonald. “We still have people that come in today with stories they have from the Navasota Examiner from the 20s, 30s, 40s, from way back when.”
The papers' roots have always been located in the heart of downtown Navasota; but in the 1940s it moved to Railroad Street and has continued its reputation as the leading newspaper in Grimes County ever since.
"Newspapers are the thing that kind of keep the community together and tell the community what's going on,” McDonald said.
John Williams has been delivering the papers for more than 35 years and says he’s seen a lot of change over the years.
“I started working here part-time when I was in my mid-20s and just never left,” said Williams. “Every Tuesday I come in and pick up the truck and trailer, fill it up with gas, and then drive to Taylor to pick up the 4,500 newspapers to deliver for Wednesday morning. “
Just like every media outlet, Publisher Scott McDonald says the Examiner has had to hop on the technology train to keep up with the growing demand for news, immediacy and convenience to satisfy readers and now, subscribers.
“We have 20,000 visitors a month at navasotaexaminer.com and we have over 50,000 page views a month for a county that only has 30,000 people in the county,” said McDonald.
In the meantime the paper will continue keeping up with the growing demand while raising the bar higher each year.
“We're held to a high standard here and we not only want to meet it but we want to keep raising it and be the best community newspaper in the country,” added McDonald.