For nearly a decade, WTAP’s website has offered a service that you may not know about. We post obituaries. That’s right, obituaries. We also archive them. We have obituaries dating from 2004 that you can use to do genealogical research, if you like. And there’s something else you might like to know. We don’t charge anything to run them! Unlike other media who charge a lot of money to run obituaries -- thereby limiting the amount of info that most people can afford to run -- obituaries on our website can be as long as the family likes. We also run photographs of deceased loved ones, when they have been provided to the funeral home and the funeral home provides them to us. That’s a huge help to people. If you’re like me, I never forget a face but I don’t always remember names. Having a recent photograph in an obituary makes all the difference in the world. I tell you all of this because we don’t get as many obituaries sent to us as the newspaper does. That’s always been frustrating to me, since all we ask is that the notices be e-mailed to us and we’ll do the rest. We even include the funeral home’s own web address in each notice so folks can go there for more information. There are some funeral homes in the area that take the few extra seconds to send their notices to us on a regular basis. There are others that never send them. I hear from folks all the time who check out our obituaries. And I hear from a lot of out-of-town folks who do. Many people leave comments and messages to families on the obituaries at our website. I have heard from some family members who appreciate the fact that we have run the information – at no charge to them. So if you’re ever dealing with a funeral home, I hope you’ll encourage them to send their obituary notices to TheNewsCenter.tv. That’s TheNewsCenter.tv. And be sure they know…it’s all free of charge.
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