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Surf's up!
Citizens' Web sites feature more content than ever before

CONYERS - The Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen newspapers have partnered with 1up! Software to update and expand their offerings to readers on the World Wide Web.

"When we eliminated our Monday publications, our plan was to devote more resources to the Web site, making it easier to use, with more content and a sleeker design," said Publisher Alice Queen. "We think our readers are going to love the changes we've made."

Beginning in late October in Newton County and last week in Rockdale, the Citizen papers have been offering a much heftier helping of daily local content on their Web sites - www.rockdalecitizen.com and www.newtoncitizen.com - including local news, sports, obituaries, events calendars, perspectives, police blotters, Citizen Poll comments, restaurant ratings, weddings, engagements, Report Card school news, military news and East Metro features.

The sites also now support some of the most often requested features from our readers, including searchable archives - which will date back to the new sites' launch - and classified ads. In Rockdale County, readers will also be able to access an archive of legal advertisements in the Public Notices section.

"We're really excited about being able to offer so much of our product to our readers online," said Managing Editor Colin M. Stewart. "Now, Rockdalites and Newtonites can stay abreast of everything going on back home, no matter where they are. In fact, I just received an e-mail a few days ago from a couple that was reading our site while on a cruise around Antarctica. It doesn't get much cooler than that."

A blue bar running across the top of the page puts Citizen staffers literally at readers' fingertips, with links to help our online readers handle their subscriptions, purchase an advertisement or submit a news tip.

On the left of the page, they will find a navigation menu that remains uniform throughout the site, so adventurous surfers can't get lost. It features links to all the paper's local content sections, as well as links to other helpful sites, including stock information, traffic data, lottery numbers and weather.

Those looking for a little multimedia with their news will appreciate a link to an up-to-the-minute Associated Press video network, featuring news on events around the world.

Rockdalecitizen.com and newtoncitizen.com also include popular features from the Web sites' previous iterations, including a Photo Reprints page - where readers can select from a variety of products featuring photographs printed in the Citizen - and PDF viewable versions of the Citizen's special sections.

Last but not least, the site comes packed with plenty of new advertising opportunities for enterprising businesses.

"We hope our readers will enjoy the new sites, and we want them to know that their satisfaction is very important to us. We invite everyone to check them out and give us their feedback," Stewart said.