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July 11, 2007
Boy, oh boy, am I ever glad that excercise is over with. For a while there I simply didn't understand a single word he said. That's what I told Susie Hyde, our production manager, after getting off the phone with our Web site designer.

What the heck was that?

This will never work! Or at least, that was the way I felt for several weeks after we committed to a Web site for the Tri-City Times. Well today, it's up and running, doing whatever it is that Web sites do.

Our Internet online edition of the Tri-City Times is now ready for you to visit. Simply go to

www.tricitytimes-online.com and scroll through the menu items. And there is an archive dating back to early May of this year. There will be a question of the week offered in the Tri-City Times and we ask you to go to our web site to answer. We'll have some fun with those questions.

We will be constantly changing and evolving the site as we go along. Really, we'll depend on you, our regular Tri-City Times readers, to tell what you like and dislike. Don't be shy about telling us what you think, your input is the key ingredient to this whole thing. I don't think I need to remind you I'm an old school newspaperman. I don't speak the same language as a Web site programmer. Nor do I think the way they do.

It's been a challenge, but the Web site is done and at this very moment it's out there for the whole world to see. Susie Hyde helped us pull it all together. Without her I would have thrown my arms up in frustration long ago. When the Web designer started talking about importing and exporting copy, changing the font weight, pixel dimensions and all that other gibberish, Susie would step right in and decode it for me.

Our online site will be simple, and perhaps help us attract younger readers who spend so much more time on the Internet than do our older readers. I know it's not big news, and it surely won't change this small little corner of our world, but it will allow us to offer you more timely local breaking news.

Aside from breaking news, another unique feature our online edition includes is the ability to reach us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can buy a classified online, a subscription, or simply check on the latest calendar item. You can ask our staff important community related questions or visit our gallery of photos that didn't make it to the print edition.

Essentially, we hope our site becomes our area communities' sounding board or an information center at the click of a mouse. We have spent a great deal of time to make this site user friendly, I think it is. We made it personal in sharing the local news, local photos and local information.

Unlike any other source, we have a history of knowing what you view as important. After all, we've been gathering news and information about the communities of Imlay City, Almont, Capac and Dryden and the surrounding areas for a long time now.

There were times when it seemed just too overwhelming for this old school trained newspaperman, but you know what, it was fun and exciting to open these new doors.

So get online—it's free— and tell us what you think. We need you to share your ideas, suggestions and thoughts. Visit us at www.tricitytimes-online.com.

Randy is the President of Page One Inc., which publishes the Tri-City Times, Woods-N-Water News and Page One Printing Company. He has been with the company since 1980. Randy has been writing a local column for 27 years on community events, individuals, sports, hunting and fishing adventures.
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