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Citizen launching improved Web site with more features

COVINGTON -- The Citizen will launch a new Web site Sunday, offering an updated look and more content for online readers.

"Our new site, provided through Clickability and Gray Interactive Media, gives readers more content options and makes it easier for them to interact with the Web site and the newspaper," said Alice Queen, editor and publisher of the Newton Citizen and Rockdale Citizen.

In addition to local news, feature and sports content, the new Web site offers more video, expanded local and national weather, real-time traffic updates and expanded stock tables. The new site allows readers to comment on selected stories and makes it easier for readers to submit content for publication in print and online with updated online forms. Other features include an archive of special sections, Health News that provides a list of consumer recalls and pages where users can solve crossword and Sudoku puzzles and find winning lottery numbers.

"Our goal is to the make the new Web site more interactive and to give readers more options to find the information they need," Queen said.

The new site also provides more opportunities for advertisers.

"We now offer some creative advertising opportunities that weren't available with our previous Web site provider," Queen said. "Plus, the new site allows us to give our advertisers up-to-date tracking for Web site traffic."

Archives will be available on the new site, although the complete archives will not be online until later in November when content has been transferred from the previous Web site provider. Archived content can be found under the NewsBank link on the Web site.

Some users may not immediately see the new site on their computers as it can take up to 48 hours for Internet service providers to direct Web traffic to the new site.

"We are excited about the new Web site and the new opportunities it provides for both readers and advertisers," Queen said. "We have many more options for content with Clickability, and we plan to add more features for our readers in the coming weeks."

The Newton Citizen and Rockdale Citizen are part of the Triple Crown Media newspaper group. New Web sites will be launched at all seven Triple Crown Media papers Sunday, including the Gwinnett Daily Post, the Albany Herald, the Clayton News Daily, the Henry Daily Herald and the Jackson Progress-Argus.