Blogger chided for lack of coverage

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The Bronson Town Council voted 3-1 Monday night in favor of renewing a contract agreement with an area news blogger paid by the town for media coverage and advertisement. Council Member Berlon Weeks made the motion to accept the agreement.

Blogger Jeff Hardison charges $1,000 a year in tax dollars to run an advertisement for the town on his website. His contract also specifies that he will write "advertorials,” paid articles written in a manner to promote the interests of the sponsor.

"You're getting the same (web) traffic for the same dollars," Hardison told the council, claiming that his website continues to "break records" for the amount of visitors it receives.

"We didn't see you at all in September," Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts said. "Not one meeting at all did we see you in September," she said, reminding him later that he was still under contract during that month.

In fact, Roberts told Hardison, she hasn't seen much of Bronson on his website in recent weeks, either.

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