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  • Letters to the editor are welcome and encouraged. Address and telephone number must be included. Letters should not exceed 300 words and are limited to one per month. Those published will be selected on the basis of accuracy, taste, importance and reader interest. Publication is not assured, and all letters will be verified. None will be returned. The editors reserve the right to edit for length, potentially libelous statements and accuracy of information.

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  • Please direct obituary requests and questions to Anita Miller, managing editor, at While SMDR does work with multiple funeral homes in the area to issue obituaries and death notices, the pricing is as follows:

    • Death Notice - No Cost
    • Death Notice with a photo - $15
    • Up to 300 words with a photo - $84
    • Between 301 to 600 words with a photo - $168
    • Between 601 to 900 words with a photo - $252

    For obituaries , please contact Anita Miller. A death notice includes the person's name, where they resided, date and place of birth and death and service information. Obituaries give that information as well, but can also include a list of survivors and a discussion of the person's life. The request deadline for obituaries is 2 p.m. on Monday for Tuesday's edition, 2 p.m.on Tuesday for Wednesday's edition, 2 p.m. on Wednesday for Thursday's edition, 2 p.m. on Thursday for Friday's edition and 4 p.m. on Friday for Sunday's edition. The obituary should appear in the online edition posted at 6 a.m. the day of publication.  

    Please note that all obituaries must be paid for prior to publication and that we do not send tearsheets for obituaries. Payment can be made by calling 512-392-2458.

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