I've seen no evidence that Beacon residents are interested in local reporting of local topics. They seem to like event notices, affinity group information, penny saver type notices, and opinion discussions -- but I haven't seen a great demand for news that would be reported on in a journalistic way. I don't think that the main stays of small town news -- crime, politics, small business comings and goings, community relations, event coverage, critical reviews, etc. would go over that well on an online site like BCN. But it is easy enough to test -- have some journalists in the area volunteer some real coverage of local issues and post them here on BCN and see if there is much interest. Won't cost a dime to see if News is liked or disliked.