The County Times is a locally owned and operated newspaper that serves
the St. Mary's County, Maryland area.
years have passed since St. Mary’s County saw a new newspaper emerge
locally, but that wait has come to an end as The County Times hit the
stands for the first time ever on Friday Nov. 3, 2006.
The County Times reports the news as it happens while focusing strongly
on the local community. There are 96,000 people living in St. Mary’s
County, and that means there are a lot of stories to tell.
According to Bryan Jaffe, the newspaper's Managing Editor, there is the
traditional focus on county government, the local school board, and the
various agencies that make up the government. There will also be more
focused stories on the issues faced by the everyday citizen in the
“We hope to really get the pulse of the community, the entire
community,” Jaffe said. “People can read the [Washington] Post or the
[Baltimore] Sun for national and statewide happenings, but for county
news, the choices are limited. The Enterprise is a fine publication, but
the nearly 100,000 residents of the county deserve another voice.”
The County Times is spearheaded by James Manning McKay, founder of the
McKay’s grocery store chain. “I’ve wanted to start a newspaper from as
far back as the 60’s,” said McKay. “But, I had a big family to feed and
educate and the store to run. Now I find myself in the position where I
have the time to do it.”
McKay believes that newspapers are an integral part of the community.
“When you go into any business, you need the understanding and support
of the people in order to be successful,” he said. “Based on the
reception I have received when talking to members of the community, I
believe that people are very receptive to a new publication.”
|County Times in the News
In S. Md., a Battle For News Loyalties,
Washington Post, Dec. 28, 2006.
Headlines in Hollywood,
Baltimore Sun, Dec. 2, 2006.
St. Mary’s to
Welcome New Newspaper Tomorrow, Southern Maryland Online, Nov. 1,