Have you always wanted to learn the latest breaking news as soon as possible?
Readers of The Brazil Times can get information like that now.
The Times recently added Text Alerts to a growing list of items readers may sign up for through www.thebraziltimes.com.
The Times offers several messaging categories as text messages on wireless devices, including:
* Times Emergency Alert Information and Times Breaking News Alerts -- receive breaking news, school closing information and emergency alert information for the area,
* School News -- receive news regarding Clay City and Northview,
* Weather -- Receive the local weather forecast as a text message and receive severe weather alerts for the county and other areas,
* Sports News -- Receive news and scores from the area high school teams, and
* Text deals -- Receive valuable coupons and special offers from local businesses.
Signing up is easy. Those wishing to participate only have to visit www.thebraziltimes.com and click on Text Alerts.
You will immediately be guided to another page.
From there, participants have to enter mobile contact information and select information categories they would like to receive via text message on their cell phones.
When readers sign up for the free program, they are automatically given a code they need to type in on the webpage in order for the service to work.
The program is now available to all in the public. The service is FCC CAN-SPAM compliant and all information is kept private.
But the text message service isn't the only service available through The Times.
Recently, The Times offered a new system which enables online users to purchase photographs off the website.
Through www.mycapture.com, online readers of The Times may order photographs that have appeared in the newspaper.
There are several options users may choose how they wish to order the photograph, including matte prints, glossy prints, picture mugs, mouse pads, magnets, commemorative plaques and T-shirts.
Prices range from $7-$80.
When online users click on a photograph on the website, they are offered the chance to purchase it. Photographs with "Order This Photo," on them are offered.
Users are then taken to the mycapture store and have the option to see what the actual products look like.
The Brazil Times is notified by mycapture.com when an order has been placed. All orders are mailed to the user as soon as possible.
The Times is now also offering video footage on its website.
Times' staff reporters are now out and about shooting live footage which is then prepared and broadcast on the website.
The video footage may be found directly underneath the lead story on the front page of the website and right above access to Associated Press video footage.
On top of all the new services available at www.thebraziltimes.com, the newspaper is now offering Marketplace Indiana, an online directory featuring local businesses as well as businesses in Putnam and Greene counties.
An icon on the newspaper's home page navigates readers to Marketplace.
The site allows area businesses, including restaurants, community organizations, automotive dealers, and other services, to offer their services for reader access, including business hours, directions and coupons.