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The Smithville Times began publishing in 1894 as Smithville grew into one of the largest towns in Bastrop County, due in big part to the growth of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, or the KATY.

The offices of The Times are in the heart of historical downtown Smithville at 303 Main St.

The Times is one of the Austin Community Newspapers owned by the Austin-American Statesman and part of  Cox Media Group.

The Smithville Times provides international, national and local news that impacts the Smithville area. We have columnists that provide area news for Paige, Rockne and Rosanky along with information on the local arts scene and gardening in the area. Talk of the Town lets you know what’s going on in and around Smithville.

If you see news happening, call the newsroom at (512) 237-4655 or email news@archive.smithvilletimes.com.

For information on the Staff at The Times visit the Contact page.

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For classified ads for The Smithville Times and other Austin Community Newspapers, contact Kathy Lynch at 512-237-4655 or via email at Kathy.Lynch@coxinc.com or visit the Classifieds information page.

The Austin American Statesman manages subscriptions, weddings, obituaries and announcements for The Times.

For information on how to subscribe, including prices, visit the Subscription page.

For information on how to place an obituary, visit the Obituary page.

To place an announcement in The Times, which includes  weddings, engagements, anniversaries, special occasions, births or birthdays, see the Celebrations page for more information.