Well, well, well. The TimesDaily, the Shoals areas local rag will soon begin charging for online viewing. Beginning August 26th, online readers who are non-subscribers will have limited access each month to 15 page views. They also can purchase full online access for $8 per month (four weeks) or subscribe to the Sunday newspaper and get full online access for $8 per month (four weeks). The obituaries, classifieds and forum will not count in the 15 page views, so they will remain free. The forum may as well close since they do not moderate it. Back when the New York Times owned the paper we just thought our local rag was bad. Since the Shelton family has taken over the paper has gone down hill ever since. Apparently Decatur and Moulton are part of the Shoals area as they get close to half the coverage as cities in Colbert and Lauderdale counties do.
But, there are alternatives for viewing local news and events online. The QuadCitiesDaily and Pen-N-Sword have much of the same local news as the local paper had as far as online content. And they remain to be free for viewing. You can also view the obits at the QCD as well as local arrest records with photos. Both the QCD and Pen-N-Sword have often times scooped the TimesDaily on local news. The editing at both of these online news sites is much better than the TimesDaily too. For you businesses, you can advertise with them and with the TimesDaily starting to charge for online viewing, my bet is that the QCD and Pen will see their number of page hits increase, making your advertising dollars worth while and well spent.