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Don't let Emporia News Shut Down...

There is a real danger that Emporia News will come to an end in the near future. I need the support of the community to continue this operation. I am not, at least in my mind asking for a lot. I just want some content and enough sponsors and donations to be able to continue to provide this site to the community without worring about how I am going to pay basic expensenses like internet access, mobile phone access (which is the backup for the internet), backup hosting, custom email and the many other things that go into bringing this site to you.

Please keep the content coming. Send anything that you want your neighbors to know: Wedding, Engagement and Birth Announcements; School Announcements; Retirement Announcements; etc. This is the first summer that I have skipped fresh pages during the week for lack of content. I generally will take Friday and Saturday evenings off, unless an obituary or other inportant story comes in, but have never taken off during the week before this summer, except after the first hernia surgery.

PBS is in the middle of another Fund Drive, which led me to think of a conversation I had with one of my readers a few weeks ago. She asked me how I made a living since all she ever saw me do was Community Service (we were talking about the Summer feeding program that my Church participated in for the third summer in a row). I related to her that like PBS I depended on donations and Coporatate Sponsorships. She got a real hoot out of the thought that, as she put it, "little 'ole Emporia had a public broadcasting outlet."<

This reader was impressed with all that I did with this site, but mainly, like several others, liked the fact that the Obituaries were published promptly (although she felt that it was a bit morbid wanting timely Obituaries). Whether you read for timely Obituaries, which is not morbid, or you like the VCU Capitol News Service, or just like to wake up to some light community news with your coffee, this site is there for you every day that there is fresh content for me to publish.

I envision Emporia News as the story of our Community. And, yes, Obituaries are a part of that stroy. I would also like to see birth announcements, engagement announcements and wedding announcements. If you have a child or grandchild graduate from college or get into a difficult-to-get-into college or Service Academy, send me that information, too. Our community is rich in stories, and Emporia News reaches the world. While funding is important to keeping this site up and running, so is content.

Speaking of funding, if all of the regular readers of Emporia News were do donate as little as $10, this message would only be on the page for a short time. I have to admit that it pains me to ask, and I have done my best to avoid it. I am currently posting on a borrowed laptop as the last one I purchased for the site has already bitten the dust and needs to be replaced.

If your are regular customers at any local businesses that you feel would benefit from sponsoring or advertising on Emporia News, the rates for both are very affordable, encorage them to contact me at

If every reader of Empria News donated as little as $10, this "Fund Drive" Message would not be here for long. If you feel so led, you may make a donation of any amount. You may also make a recurring donation with a subscription.

If you would like to contribute content or let me know that an event needs coverage, email me at

Thank You

Jay Osburn, Editor/Publisher -

P.S - Checking Obituaries is not morbid - you never know when someone who touched your life, but that you may not have known well enough to get a phone call about, may have passed...


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