Web site changes will give you more news more often

After a long work week, what do you most look forward to on Saturday? Is it sleeping in until 10 a.m. or just sitting around the house watching sports or catching up on shows you missed during the week?

I trust one of the highlights of your day is reading this newspaper. I hope you find a nice mix of school and community news, cute photos and other informative and entertaining stories. After all, it’s all about you.

But we’re not content with delivering news to you just once a week. Things are happening every day in your town. In the print edition on Saturdays, we try to present as much timely news as we can. But a lot can happen in the seven days between editions. And we don’t want you to miss a thing.

All four Neighbors products have these things called Web sites — maybe you’ve heard of them? Since this newspaper started in December 2009, we’ve put content on our sites for your convenience. However, not everything that appears in print is online. The other issue is that the content that goes “live” on Saturday stays there until the following Saturday, with no new stories appearing.

That gets pretty stale, doesn’t it?

So, here’s the plan. We’ve updated our Neighbors sites with new section tabs and created separate spaces for School and Community news. There is also a spot for my weekly columns, our weekly poll questions and the Neighbors Spotlight (which we need YOUR help with).

But the biggest difference I want you to notice is right near the top of the page. The six story headlines below or beside the main story will be updated several times a week - even several times daily. This section will serve as our version of “breaking news.”

You’ll find news on upcoming events, schedule changes and other timely news. Also appearing here will be promo stories previewing what’s coming up in our next print edition. It’s a sneak peek at what’s ahead in Neighbors.

The stories appearing in the previous Saturday’s Neighbors will still be on the site in the Community or School news sections. Don’t worry, you’ll still have the opportunity to read and comment on them.

I hope you find these changes useful in bringing you more Neighbors news in a more immediate fashion. Don’t be afraid to check the sites every day to read the latest news and see what will be in the following week’s print edition.

Also, we’ll try our best to update the Neighbors Facebook pages more often as well. If you haven’t already checked those out, take a few minutes to do so. I hope you’ll comment there, offer story ideas and maybe chat with us sometime.

We like you, so it’s time for you to like us back on Facebook.

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