Sunday marked 24 years since The Lafourche Gazette began publishing a second edition.
In keeping with changing times, publisher Boo Legendre decided to make another change to the company once owned by his father, Earl P. Legendre.
He consulted with Midsouth Technologies, Inc. in Lockport in order to create a modernized website… and that they did!
The new format can be viewed at the same address, www.thelafourchegazette.com, but features a plethora of updated services to our readership.
Gazette fans outside of the distribution area can now read the entire newspaper online in its original format. Readers can also register to the site in order to comment on articles and upload news-related photos and videos.
The events calendar has been reformatted to reflect an actual calendar showing upcoming, local events. Once received, obituaries are uploaded immediately in order to notify those wanting service dates and times.
Recurring articles such as Jason Alderman’s Financial Advice, Laurie Coleman’s Grab Bag, Weird & Wacky News, Surfin’ the Net, and others are now categorized under the Columns tab.
The Lafourche Gazette recently became a member of the Associated Press and is now offering not only local news, but state, national and international as well. The sports column will be updated with articles ranging from high school to professional football to hunter safety courses and fisheries news.
There are a few rules to abide by for anyone wishing to register to the site in order to make comments or upload data. All comments and uploads will be up for pre-approval by a Gazette staff member. Comments containing vulgarity, rudeness and unnecessary drama will not be approved for posting. Data uploads containing nudity, vulgarity or other debauchery will not be tolerated. The comments and data upload sections will be strictly monitored in order to keep things family-friendly on the website.
Information to be placed in the print publication will still need to be submitted to the office either in person, by fax or via email (please see contact information on page 2-A).
The Lafourche Gazette is also on Facebook. Users can like our page at www.facebook.com/TheLafourcheGazette. Through Facebook we also offer various give-aways from time-time. Website users can click on the "check us out on Facebook" tab at the top of the page to link directly to our Facebook page. Users can also share articles onto their personal Facebook pages by clicking the "share on Facebook" option at the end of each article.
Only through the support of our online and print advertisers has The Lafourche Gazette been able to maintain in a market that is threatening other print publications. We hope that our readers and loyal fans remember to thank the advertisers and patronize their services.
Tweaks and updates may be needed once viewers begin to register and interact with the site. We ask that site visitors have patience, as this is a work in progress, just as the first Sunday edition of The Lafourche Gazette was 24 years ago.
Posted on Wed, October 24, 2012