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Some circumstances may keep even the most vigilant political watchdogs from attending their local meetings and events, but they need not worry with the enhanced content of spotlightnews.com, a click of your mouse will take you there.

For decades, Spotlight Newspapers has offered quality community news in its weekly newspapers. Now the award-winning news outlet has improved its Web site, www.spotlightnews.com, to bring you the sights and sounds of the news that shapes your world.

A new drop-down menu lets site visitors select photo galleries, video and sound bites from current news or archived favorites. The site also boasts a 24/7 local updates section for breaking stories and, if that weren't enough, a partnership with Capital News 9 allows spotlight news.com visitors access to the television station's news stories as well.

Dan Lovell, director of new media at Eagle Media, the company that owns Spotlight Newspapers, oversees construction and development of the company's Web sites. It has been his goal since he came to the company as a managing editor in 2002 to bring the readers of Eagle's products the most interactive news experience possible.

With the updated Web site, you have the ability to see constantly updated news. We're not going to wait until next week to publish a big story. We can bring it to our readers as soon as the story breaks," he said. "With photo galleries, audio and video, we can use the Web to enhance what they see in the newspaper."

Lovell said that, in addition to reading the reporters' representation of what has occurred at a particular event, spotlightnews.com can bring the reader even closer to the story by providing a first-hand account by way of audio samples.

"A quote is one thing, but to be able to click on a link and hear an official or politician actually say it is another," Lovell said.

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