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Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at 8:55 PM

As a service to readers, we often post obituaries on the web site as soon as they come in, rather than wait for mid-morning when we normally update the web site. This is why you will sometimes see "funeral arrangements are incomplete" in the print newspaper but the web site will already have the service times.

One of my co-workers posted such an obituary at around midday, long after today's print newspaper had been put to bed -- and, as is often the case, no good deed goes unpunished. We got an anonymous comment demanding to know why we had left the obituary out of the printed newspaper. (You already know my frustration with receiving such anonymous complaints. This person seems to expect a response, and yet neglected to give me any way to provide one.)

Well, we haven't had the chance to leave this obituary out yet -- and we won't. It will be in the paper tomorrow, which will be our first opportunity to publish it. The only reason it's on the web today is because we were trying to be helpful.

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Thanks! Can't argue with "free" even if it is just for now.

-- Posted by countrymom on Mon, Dec 3, 2007, at 9:29 PM

>Maybe reduced/free for print folks and higher for non-subscribers.

That's exactly what's being talked about -- free for print subscribers, and then paid for non-print subscribers, either as an "online subscription" or on a single-copy basis. I apologize if I didn't make that clear earlier. What the exact prices are going to be is still being decided.

As far as the benefit if you already have a print subscription, there are several. You can print things out, but you can also set up a keyword alert -- let's say, if you want to be notified every time there's a story about "SSA" or "water shortage" or what have you. You can e-mail things to friends, and more.

In any case, it's free for everyone right now during the trial period.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Dec 3, 2007, at 9:25 PM

oh, well that figures. Why do the print people need it online also then? I do understand the obits though.

Maybe reduced/free for print folks and higher for non-subscribers.

I'm assuming I can print the stuff out (from the EEdition) I want to scrapook?

They don't make the old fashioned scrapbooks for long newspaper items anymore, that I can find.

-- Posted by countrymom on Mon, Dec 3, 2007, at 3:07 PM

Just to clarify -- it's free right now during our trial period, and I believe it will remain free for subscribers to our print paper. But they're still working those issues out in the front office. We should have more specific information soon.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 10:43 PM

I agree leeiii. Its great and its free!

-- Posted by countrymom on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 9:53 PM

Thanks for the T-G EE. Even though I am a subscriber by mail this will be a big help to me. If I see something on the website that I would like to have a little more detail on and quicker, the EE will enable me to do that immediately. Thanks for the good work and thanks for keeping your readers in mind.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Nov 30, 2007, at 12:16 PM

I have great news -- you can now read every word of the print edition online, including full obituaries, wedding announcements, and even ads. Go to our main splash page and look on the left for the little photo of today's front page. Click on it for more details!

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Nov 29, 2007, at 9:10 PM

I only wish the COMPLETE obit was put on line. Sometimes I don't know who they are until AFTER they are buried; However, I do thank the Shelbyville Gazette for all the many obits they have provided for me in tracing my family roots.

-- Posted by Union on Thu, Nov 29, 2007, at 4:01 PM

I echo what EastSideMom had to say. It is so helpful to us who live outside of Shelbyville to be able to get any obit information on the web even if it is just a name. Because we get our printed T-G days after it was published in print if it were not for the website we would be completely in the dark.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Nov 28, 2007, at 7:29 AM

I personnally love that the obits are put up when recieved. Lots of times the person dies and no one knows about the visitation until the day of the funeral, which they aren't able to attend because of work or other priorities. If a person dies on a Thurs. it will be Sunday before the obit is published and most are already buried by then. I wish all newspapers did this for the families.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Tue, Nov 27, 2007, at 11:12 PM

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