...have their pros and cons, as do their newspapers. My husband & I still talk about the time the "Police Report" column in the Saline Reporter described the investigation of "a suspicious smell".
I was checking my hometown newspaper's website for my friend's mom's obituary, and after reading it took a look at local news. It was somehow reassuring to read that "firefighters responded to a call that a house was on fire at 6:03 a.m. today in the 400 block of Oak Ridge Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found the resident burned toast." Some neighbor must have a really sharp sense of smell.