A growing number of our readers never pick up the newspaper. Instead, they head to their computer and type in www.areawidenews.com to view the latest "News" in the area.
The end of May, our redesigned Web pages went "live" and the result has been amazing. In the first 12 days of June, Areawide Media's Web sites had over 10,300 unique visitors and over 99,500 page views.
In the past, The News and The South Missourian News have shared a Web page, but that has now changed as each publication has its own unique Web address.
The new Web site for The News has many new features and is a lot easier to navigate. In addition, Web site readers will be able to get more involved through comment sections at the end of each story, a Speak Out section, the Blogs and our online poll question.
One of the most popular sections already is the Blogs. We currently have five bloggers set up and more will be online in the future. Keep watching this section, it may surprise you who will be sharing their thoughts and dreams with the world.
The new site also has a photo gallery which is growing each week. Photos of the Fulton County Homecoming, Fulton County Relay for Life and the 2008 NAEC Annual Meeting can be viewed here and soon you will be able to purchase these color photos. These galleries contain all of the photographer's shots, not just the few we publish in the newspaper each week.
In addition, the site now contains live weather forecasts, warnings and satellite from the National Weather Service, Associated Press videos, breaking news and even some really weird news from around the world.
Within the next few months a new e-edition will be available that will allow subscribers to read the entire publication online. The e-edition will appear exactly as it does in print. Readers from far away will be able to read The News without waiting for the paper to arrive in the mail.
The future for the Web site will include local videos of events and breaking news from this area as we update this weekly newspaper on a daily basis. User submitted stories and pictures will also be added to help make it easier for you to get information to others.
Let us know what you think of the new site -- www.areawidenews.com -- and keep watching as we develop it further.