The wall has come down between readers and news and sports reported in The Jackson County Sentinel.

The paywall that required a subscription to access some newspaper content online was removed last week, to allow greater access to The Jackson County Sentinel content.

"This business, like any other, must generate revenue to continue to operate, pay competitive wages to the staff, and provide a return on investment to the shareholders," Nick Jones, president of Southern Torch Inc. said. "But we just feel that paywalls are contrary to our consumers expectations when it comes to local news content on the internet. With the upcoming development of our digital marketing division, we are confident in our ability to generate enough revenue to check all the boxes that we need in order to be successful."

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