I submitted an obituary for my dad to The Countywide last week. I was then informed that I would have to pay over $200 for it. Unbelievable. I understand having to pay for services – you are a business and have to make money. But you were charging the same rate for my dad’s obit that you charge for any business to advertise. And then I compared prices. The Yorktown newspaper charges only $25 for the first 200 words and then adds a small charge for each 100 additional words. The Wilson County News in Floresville charges $10 for a photo and a small fee if the obit is lengthy. Quite a big difference.
Also, you do offer a free obit in the Countywide which includes just the basic info. So by adding my dad’s work history and a couple of paragraphs about his life, It went from free to $200! Why not charge for the extra space that was taken up by the three paragraphs that I added to the free obit and charge a fee for the photo? But to charge for the whole thing at the business ad rate is ridiculous.
I plan to open a business in the future but will certainly not advertise in the Countywide. And although I am not a subscriber to the paper, I do pick one up on news stands each week and have for many years. I will not anymore.
Cathy Hons Green
Publisher’s note: The Countywide offers a free, dignified obituary that includes a free photo to everyone. The obituary covers family names, significant dates, the deceased’s occupation, military service, club affiliations and significant awards, deceased family, survivors, pallbearers, services, etc. The Countywide gives away some 80-90 percent of the obituaries it runs. If the family opts for a full service ad, the price is given in advance to the family member or funeral home placing the obituary so as to allow a choice. The Countywide offers its sincere condolences to Mrs. Green on the loss of her father.