Two N.C. Papers Agree On Web Site Partnership

By: E&P Staff

Two North Carolina newspapers announced Tuesday they had reached an agreement with a local communications company to build and market Web sites for businesses in their respective counties.

The Star, of Cleveland County, and the Gaston Gazette, in neighboring Gaston County, agreed to the deal with Champion Communications of Shelby.

“This is an exciting new partnership for The Star and The Gaston Gazette,” said Star Publisher Skip Foster in a statement. “We’re very pleased to be working with the top-notch Web development team at Champion Communications. What does this mean to area businesses? If you’ve been putting off getting a new Web site or if it’s time to upgrade the creaky old site you started years ago, there is now a local team of professionals that can meet your needs.”

Under the terms of the deal, which takes effect next week, clients will be able to buy separate Web sites, and order them to exact specifications. Some of the features offered by the new partnership are Flash, e-commerce and online registration.

Jeff champion, president of Champion Communications, told The Star,”We are excited about the partnership with The Shelby Star and The Gaston Gazette. Our shared goal for this venture is to provide local businesses an affordable, effective online solution. I applaud the newspapers for recognizing the need to adapt to today’s marketplace in providing relevant marketing solutions.”

The Star and The Gazette have generated a combined 3.17 million pages views during 212,000+ unique visits each month, making them the largest local aqdvertising force in their two counties. Cleveland and Gaston Counties are located in southwestern North Carolina, near the South Carolina border.

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