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Albany- After an outpouring of support, a weekly paper that was in danger of stopping the presses will stay in business.

Last week, the Northwest Albany News told readers it may have to shut down because many advertisers weren't paying their bills. The paper asked readers to subscribe. The staff was overwhelmed with the number of subscriptions that came in, but they decided to send the money back and keep the paper free.

"We felt that we had a stronger bond with our readers," said Eddie Byrd, editor and publisher of the paper. "We knew now how much they appreciated us and meanwhile we were able to bring in some of the uncollectable debts that were owed to us."

Several advertisers also paid their overdue bills. The paper did sue Onsite Wireless in Albany. They must pay nearly $5,000 by the end of the month.

posted by brannon.stewart@walb.com