This is what we like to call a “soft opening,” but we will be bringing you up-to-the minute news from here on out.
With the help of your input, we will be tweaking the site until we feel that it is just right. At that time, we will have the official grand opening. We still have some work on the final layout, but it is beginning to take shape.
Monroe Local will be your daily eyes, ears and voice in the local Monroe community. It will also provide a platform for you to share your own news. Some of the people who will be reporting you already know – these include columnists Lori Duff, Jason Brooks and Jeff Allen. Photographer David Binder will be sharing his view of the local community through his camera lens and there are many more involved. We will be establishing a Pet Section for animal activist Emily Goldstein to help match up missing pets with their owners.
I would also like to introduce you to our trusty newshound. We don’t yet have a name for him – well at least not a professional one. In real life, his name is Berkley and he is actually 43 years old, which means he brings more than 300 dog-years of experience to the table. We are looking for a professional “newsy” name for him and are taking your suggestions – he will then become the official Monroe Local mascot. Please add your suggestions to the comment feed here or on Monroe-Local’s Facebook page.
We are also looking for your own news contributions. If you have any community events that you would like to get on our calendar, or tips on news items that need to be investigated, please email the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a blog you would like us to host for you, we would be happy to do that too.
As soon as we are happy with the final layout, we intend to offer special, inaugural advertising rates. If you are interested in taking advantage of these rates, please email me at email@example.com. I would especially like to thank those community members who have already contacted me about advertising on Monroe Local. I am honored by your confidence – we will live up to it!
I look forward to bringing you news and information that is important to our local Monroe community. I am excited about this new venture and am thrilled to be back out in the local community.
I would like to thank the following people for helping us get to this point: For their advice and support – Brian Arrington, Gail Lane and the members of L.I.O.N. Publishers, our authors, Lori Duff, Jason Brooks, Jeff Allen and David Binder, for his technical support Jonathan Wofford of Freskos Media, and last and most certainly not least, my undying love and gratitude to my son, Damyn Swanepoel, who spent countless hours with me working to make the Monroe Local website become a reality.
Again, welcome to Monroe Local – we look forward to serving the community!
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