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While it's true most local Banner readers get their new weekly issue in the mail Thursday or on the news stands as early as Wednesday afternoon, the Banner's website does not follow the same schedule.
The Banner Online is an extension of The Banner print edition with the actual newspaper still being our main priority. As a family-owned small business, The Banner simply does not have the financial resources to hire an additional staff member to work full-time on the website. Therefore, website visitors checking in only on Wednesday and Thursday expecting a wholly updated homepage and additional new files may be disappointed.
Each week, Monday and Tuesday are the busiest days for Banner staff (just four people!) as we work to get the next Banner issue published. The other days of the week are spent gathering news, taking photos, writing stories, talking with advertisers and readers, as well as handling the constant demands of bookkeeping so that we can keep operating. Around handling these tasks (and maybe try to squeeze in a few moments with our children and other family members), we do our best to post new videos, photos, slideshows, and news files to our website whenever possible.
Therefore, though Banner readers can count on a specific day and time for a new issue of the newspaper to be available, new files and updates to the website are occurring nearly every day, at various times of the day and night. Of course, we hope you will check back often to the website, but if you are interested in updates to only certain aspects of the website, let us know. Informing us of what interests YOU the most will allow us to know how to spend our limited time for website development. We encourage you to e-mail us to tell us your preferences.
This issue is addressed nearly every year by The Banner, but Sports Editor Ty Swincher explains the reason quite well in one of his weekly columns. After you read the explanation, please remember to thank your child's coach or his/her assistants for getting The Banner news about your team. It's our opinion all coaches and club sponsors want their team/club news in the local newspaper. They know parents and grandparents like to read about local athletes in the newspaper. But coaches, many of whom work on a volunteer basis, often do not have the time to put together information on their teams/games to submit to The Banner for publication. So, when the next season rolls around for your favorite "under-represented" team, consider volunteering, or find another devoted fan, to handle this task for the coach. Get us the stats and we'll do the rest! Contact Sports Editor Ty Swincher for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.