Repairs underway after News-Leader’s internet servers shut down

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As if a global pandemic and polarized political campaigns weren’t enough, the News-Leader’s internet system failed in the wee hours Friday morning.

The News-Leader relies on the servers of its parent company, Community Newspapers Inc., located in Athens, Ga.

“As soon as we learned our servers failed due to a breach,” CNI President Dink NeSmith said, “we launched an immediate investigation. A team of experts is working feverishly to have new servers operational.”

Community Newspaper Inc.’s two dozen newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina rely heavily on the servers to transmit emails and other information over the internet.

“We know this disruption is a major inconvenience for our readers, our advertisers and our associates,” News-Leader Publisher Foy Maloy said. “We apologize for the disruption. You can be sure that we are doing everything possible to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we are developing work-around ways to keep lines of communication open.”

Due to the server problems, submitted items – such as letters to the editor and community news – may be delayed in being published in the News-Leader.

If an advertiser or subscriber has submitted information to the News-Leader via email and not heard from our staff, call 904-261-3696.

As soon as more information is learned, the News-Leader will provide an update in print and on its website. The technology issues will not affect the publication of the News-Leader.