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Etheredge: A new way to keep up with police, bad guys

The Record Newspapers have been publishing articles on local crime since J.R. Marshall published the first edition of the Kendall County Record in downtown Yorkville 154 years ago this month.

Our readers back in the days of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War had the same desire to learn about what was going on in their community – including what the bad guys were up to – as our readers do today. Over the years we’ve continued Marshall’s example by publishing local police reports and reporting on breaking crime news. While we’ll continue our police and crime coverage in print each and every week, I’m pleased to announce that our readers now have a new venue to find our police news on their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. This past week we launched the Kendall County Crime Report online newsletter. The weekly newsletter is now being delivered at no charge every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to subscribers who register their emails on the homepage of our website at KendallCountyNow.com.

The newsletter will provide our readers with a single, convenient location to find coverage of all the police activity taking place throughout the county. Each week the newsletter will highlight the top three crime and police incident stories and list police reports as provided by the Oswego, Montgomery, Plano and Yorkville police departments. In addition, the newsletter will include our popular twice-monthly “For the Record” listing of important Kendall County court cases.

Just as I’m sure Marshall was excited at the prospect of publishing that first Record back in 1864, we’re excited to be able to use our 21st-century technology to bring the news to you in yet another new and reader-friendly format.

And while we’re on the subject of online newsletters, if you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up for our free Kendall County government newsletter. The newsletter features entirely unique content that includes analysis of current news stories by our editorial staff, questions and answers with local government officials and more. For example, over the past few weeks we’ve examined Yorkville’s efforts to improve Mill Road, taken a closer look at administrator layoffs in School District 308, and the gender divide in the Kendall County Republican and Democratic parties. Sound interesting? We believe it is and don’t want you to miss another newsletter.

• John Etheredge is editor of the Record Newspapers.

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