EDITORIAL: Get your local news in print and online for $4.99 per month

BY CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER

What’s the problem with mental health in Charlevoix County, and why can’t the mentally ill find a place (other than jail) to get the help they need?

A Boyne City man went to Guatemala, but who can tell me why?

Where is Charlevoix County borrowing $2.6 million from, and why?

What is “revenge porn” and why is our prosecutor charging someone for it?

Those are a lot of questions about local happenings, but surprisingly enough, that’s only a slim slice of one month of news in the Boyne City Gazette.

The story about mental health is on this week’s front page, and Benjamin Gohs discovered this story by looking through a seemingly benign resolution from a board meeting, talking to the sheriff, health officials, and even our state representative.

Oh, and I should add, the Boyne City Gazette is the only newspaper with the story, and that includes much larger regional daily papers.

We take pride in our journalism at the Boyne City Gazette, and our hard work is valuable.

But a yearly subscription costs $52.50, and you might think that’s a lot—I get it, trust me.

$52.50 could be part of a light bill, most of an internet bill, or even a week’s worth of food for some.

We recognize that the entire community needs to be informed.

After all, being informed is the first step to fixing a problem—whether it’s mental health locally or voicing your praise or concern to your county commissioners over a $2.6 million price tag.

So, to make things easier on pocketbooks all over the county, we’ve introduced a new easy pay option.
It’s simple:
• Call our office at (231) 582-2799
• Provide your payment information
• We’ll break your bill into monthly charges of $4.99
• You get all the local news, events info, and photos from Boyne City and beyond, delivered to your mailbox!
• Also included is the digital version of the newspaper sent to your e-mail or digital device on Monday—that’s two days before everyone else gets it.

You can stop and restart your subscription at any time.

Plus, you’ll get access to our new digital first website at no additional charge.

wwwboynegazette.com now offers news daily in a mobile-friendly format that includes hundreds of stories and photos each month that you won’t see in the newspaper’s print edition.

The Boyne City Gazette has shifted its strategy to ensure local news stories get to you as quickly as they can—without sacrificing quality.

As the stories get written and the photos get taken, they go straight to the web.

Why?

Because information is valuable, and we want our subscribers to get it as soon as possible.

We believe that an informed community is an intelligent, safe, healthy and proactive community, and this is another step toward making it happen.

In the end, we have a staff of two full-time people: Ben and myself.

We might seem to be a “small fish in a big pond,” and yet we’re covering local and county stories that the larger papers often don’t have.

We’re at those meetings that news agencies with dozens of reporters can’t seem to get to.

We’ve got those feature stories that you only hear about and find when you live, work, eat, sleep, and play in our local communities rather than spending your money in the neighboring county and hoping to make a quick buck over here.

Don’t let the name on our masthead fool you, we’re all over Charlevoix County and we’re proud of it.

We’re on the web, we’re in print, and we’ll probably be at your daughter’s school play.

And, now, you can see all of that and more for less than five bucks a month.

Call me today and I’ll get you set up. Phone: (231) 582-2799

E-mail: editor@boynegazette.com

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