Since Thursday, readers of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times have had another option when choosing how to read their daily newspaper.
That's when we launched our new All Access electronic editions. That means our subscribers can access every page of every edition every day anywhere they can get Internet access.
You're now able to read the entire newspaper online on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
There's a simple validation process subscribers will have to complete before they can access the electronic editions. Once that's completed, subscribers have full access to our websites and the electronic versions of our newspapers.
Non-subscribers, meanwhile, will be able to view headlines on our websites and will continue to have access to features, including Bucco Banter and Ohio Valley This Week as well as customer service information. And, you'll still be able to access headlines through our older Herald-Star and Daily Times apps.
Subscribers, meanwhile, will find that our electronic editions will make it convenient to access their newspapers anywhere in the world they may find themselves. And that's something that makes your subscription even more valuable.
Let's face it - the way we consume our news has changed dramatically during the past decade or so. Websites and our phones and tablets make it easier than ever for the latest news to be delivered to us quickly. Along the way, many of us have become increasingly comfortable getting our news on electronic platforms, whether that platform is PC, a laptop, a tablet or a phone.
That's become even easier for readers who have subscriptions to the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, thanks to the new All Access format we unveiled Thursday and the new apps that are available for iOS and Android devices.
It's another option for following the news from around the Tri-State Area, one in which we are confident our readers will find great value.
The newspaper industry is evolving in some very exciting ways. Thanks to updates in technology, we're no longer constrained by a set distribution schedule and are able to provide updates around the clock to stories that have appeared in our daily print editions as well as breaking news when the situations warrant it.
While the way information is delivered is undergoing some big changes, readers will continue to turn to us for the same thing they have throughout our history - the news of the day that is gathered and edited by professionals. That's something the Herald-Star has offered every day since June 7, 1806, and something we plan to offer well into the future.
FLOCK RETURNS: Community Editor Janice Kiaski issues a warning this week that all area residents may not take seriously enough. The details are in her story "They're b-a-c-k" that begins on Page 1E of today's edition.
The scourge she has written about are the infamous pink flamingos that in the past have appeared in our area around this time of year. While the flock has not been sighted in our region during the past few years, it is scheduled to return on May 31.
There's nothing to fear, actually, and it's all done in fun with a serious purpose in mind. The flocking serves as a fundraiser for the Youth Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.
The YAC is re-forming after a short hiatus and is reviving its late spring tradition as a way of continuing its mission of helping to nurture the next generation of philanthropists. In the past, members have taken the money they have raised and made charitable grants to area nonprofits.
The YAC teaches teamwork and leadership skills while empowering area young people, according to Peter Riesbeck, the foundation's director of development.
While its easy to laugh at your neighbor's plight when the flock settles on his or her property, there's only one sure way to make sure you are spared the visit -and that's by purchasing an insurance policy. If you choose to be uninsured and are "flocked," you'll have to make a donation for the birds to be removed. You'll find the details about how to protect yourself in Janice's story, or you can take a chance and hope the flock misses you.
Either way, you've been warned.