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Local.News is Listening: Tips

Local.News is Listening: Tips

Here you will find improvements and tips Local.News made to improve what we do and what you see.  While we announce improvements in “Local.News is Listening” emails we also publish them here for your future reference.  

Stories:  We enjoy providing stories about everything in our area.  There is so much going on.  Serving an informed, connected community with a great local news network is our objective.  If you have a story to share, write to us at  If you like what we’re doing, tell all your friends and neighbors.  Got a suggestion or complaint?  Contact us at and we’ll look into it. 

Easy Local.News Access:  We actually started Local.News with the idea of an app.  There is a quick way to get immediate access on your iPhone, iPad or Android device by placing an icon on your home screen.  Click and follow these instructions.  One touch and you’re at Local.News every day. 

Free Looks:  Some subscribers noted they want to share a story with family and friends but we did not have that capability.  We’ve changed access so anyone can see 3 stories per month without subscribing.  Hope this helps. 

Reloading Passwords:  We got a few complaints about constantly having to reload passwords.  Cermak Technologies researched this and found if you check the “Remember Me” box at login, you will remain logged in for 2 weeks.  We have changed that to 2 years.  As long as you stay logged in with “Remember Me” checked, you won’t have to worry about logging in for a long time!

Opt In Email Reminders:  Some of you suggested sending an email reminder to check Local.News.  It is done!  To receive an email reminder, go to your “My Account” page (the big yellow box in the banner).  Scroll down and you will find a new checkbox to “Opt-In to Email Reminders”.  Checking that box will open a window so you can choose the days of the week to receive a reminder.  Check or uncheck days to suit your schedule and click save.  Reminder emails will arrive early on the days you choose and provide a link direct to


Historical News Archives:   A little known feature of the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library (AHMFL) is that it has a page where you can search over 172 years of local history from all the papers who preceded Local.News as the local news outlet.  In cooperation with AHMFL we’ve added a convenient link to their archives to make it easy to access all that history.  That link is located at the bottom left of the footer (the grey area at the bottom) on every page.  


Obituaries:  We want to simplify your life by giving you “one stop” access to all the local news in the area.  We’re taking one small simplifying step in cooperation with Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home by presenting their obituaries in Local.News.  Just go to the Obituaries” page.   

Most Recent News:  A subscriber provided feedback recently that it took a long time to find the most recent stories.  You already know if you click on any single story you’ll go to a page with just that story.  Did you also know that scrolling to the bottom of that page will bring up another recent story, and another . . .  you might even see a rotating disc while the site searches for the next story.  This is probably the fastest way to see seven of the most recent stories at one sitting.  Start on a different story and you may get a different set of the seven most recent stories. 

Classifieds . . . still have their uses:  Have an event, job for hire, yard sale, car, mobile home or lawn mower to sell, or a wanted item.  Yard signs and banners have become very popular.  A lot of people drive by and slow to see them.  You do need 10 to 15 yard signs placed around the area, or a great banner location to get good exposure.  At over $22 a sign or $80 or more for banners, they can be pretty expensive for a one time event.  After you’ve driven to all the best intersections to put them up for a week or two, the boroughs and townships also appreciate you taking them down.  Classified ads can complement both.  For most messages, 25 words is enough to identify what you’re advertising and include contact information.  A basic Classified is $7 for 7 days for the first 25 words, and 10 cents per additional word.  It’s also “self serve”.  Just enter your information on the “Place a Classified Ad” page.  Edit the ad right on the screen or cut and paste from elsewhere.  Your words will be counted and the price for one week shown.  Enter the number of weeks you want, and hit submit.  Your Classified will go up as soon as payment is received, or you can choose a different start date by contacting [email protected].  Check it out by clicking here or email [email protected] for more information. 


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