Just as it has for 150 years, The Franklin Times is striving to be the best source of information for its readers and advertisers through the COVID-19 crisis -- and all the disruption that it brings.
The newspaper will continue to publish as usual on each Thursday for as long as possible and has removed the "pay wall" from its entire on-line content.
That means that anyone, subscriber or not, can read everything in the newspaper free of charge simply by going to www.thefranklintimes.com. It is accessible from either a computer or a cell phone.
"Our intent is to make access to all our content free as long as this crisis lasts," said Publisher Gary Cunard. "We will be the source of accurate, up-to-date information for everyone.
"Remember, for the latest information since the last edition was published, just click on the "Breaking News" icon on our website," he added.
"As we all struggle to find our way through this unique crisis, it is important that everyone has accurate, verifiable information so we're opening our content up to everyone as a way to combat the outlandish, misleading and offten false information found on social media sites.
Unfortunately, to help keep the newspaper's staff safe and its operations going, the office is now closed to the public, he said. "We did this reluctantly, but it's the common sense approach that is necessary in such a difficult time."
Readers and advertisers alike can reach us at 919-496-6503 or several e-mail addresses including the newsroom (email@example.com); classified or legal advertising (firstname.lastname@example.org); sports at (email@example.com) or display advertising (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Of course, the U.S. mail reaches us at P.O. Box 119, Louisburg, NC 27549, and there is a drop box (old mailbox) outside our front door for ads, news items and payments.
"We want everyone to know that we'll be there for all of Franklin County as long as possible, although if the situation becomes dire enough, we may have to temporarily drop the printed newspaper and focus entirely on the online content," Cunard said.
"Let's hope it doesn't come to that! But, we're all in this together. Please do your best to stay safe and keep reading The Franklin Times for the latest accurate information just as folks have been doing for 150 years!" he added.