A couple of blogs are beating charlotte.com and The Observer.
Davidson News is all over the town's local cable issue, which now has statewide implications. Last posting was about 11 hours ago.
Under the Water Tower shows that Fat City wasn't the only building to get its facade ripped off by storms.
Both sites benefit from the skills of people who are former reporters. In "Under the Water Tower's" case, former-reporter-turned-teacher Lolo Pendergrast uses new technology to become a photographer.
Both sites depend on people doing this work for no money, and postings depend on vacation and kids' schedules and other intrusive life events.
But how can we work with them now? Google Reader gives an easy way for our reporters and editors to monitor and get news tips. Can we start?