ELIZABETHTOWN - Devoted readers of The Valley News can now keep up with the region's latest news through regular updates on the World Wide Web.
A page for The Valley News has been established on the popular social networking site Facebook where anyone can find up-to-date notices about news posted on the newspaper's Web site, www.thevalleynews.org.
The page is linked to Denton Publications' online news feed, and breaking news stories of interest in The Valley News coverage area are automatically posted there.
Facebook users who elect to become "fans" of the page can receive instant alerts for each story when it gets posted, getting same-day notification of when breaking news articles and new weekly issues are available online.
These alerts can be viewed through the users' own Facebook pages either on a computer or through cell phones equipped with internet capability.
The page is also accessible for those who don't use Facebook, allowing anyone to check back for new information.
To find the page, visit www.facebook.com and enter a search for The Valley News. Visitors can also find a link to the page on www.thevalleynews.org.
Those who view the page will find the latest breaking news headlines for the Boquet and Au Sable River Valleys, with click-able links to the full articles on www.denpubs.com.
Weekly updates will also be posted, alerting fans to when articles from each week's issue have been uploaded to www.thevalleynews.org. There, visitors can view new articles or an online version of each issue, often before printed editions have reached mailboxes.
More than a dozen people, many of whom do not have regular access to printed versions of The Valley News, have already become fans of The Valley News on Facebook.
Facebook, which originally was accessible only to college students, now allows anyone age 13 and older to register for free as a user and connect with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers through the sharing of personal information, photos, and other media. The website currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide.
A similar Web-presence for The Valley News is expected to soon be established on Twitter, another social networking site quickly growing in popularity.
For more information on how to get updates on breaking news and other articles from The Valley News, contact editor Matt Bosley at 873-6368 ext. 216 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.