COVID-19 has hit the nation hard. This once-in-a-generation public health crisis knows no bounds — affecting just about everyone in some way.

Carroll County’s small businesses are among those struggling most, and they need your help now more than ever.

While the county has grown a lot over the past several years, it still has the small-town feel many of us grew up with. The people you do business with — the owners of your favorite local restaurants, your hairstylist, the accountant who does your taxes — are the same people you see at the ballpark, the grocery store and at church on Sunday.

It’s important that you know the staff at this newspaper are your neighbors, too. We live here and care about the same issues you care about.

We take seriously our role of providing you with accurate and authoritative information about candidates for local offices, how our tax dollars are spent by local governments, new developments being proposed in our backyards, the academic and athletic accomplishments of our kids and grandkids and so much more.

During the pandemic, the Times-Georgian has been delivering vital health information to readers of every age, race and religion. Our reporters are on the front lines, fact-checking, verifying and authenticating information about COVID-19 so that what the public hears and reads, the public can believe.

We’re in regular contact with doctors and other public health professionals, local hospitals and our government officials to provide you with the most accurate and up to date information on COVID-19.

We’ve written stories to inform you about the spread of the virus in our county, what to do if you think you have the disease and how to get tested. We’ve also told you about the ways local people and businesses have come together to support first responders and front-line health care workers. You won’t get those stories anywhere else.

The Times-Georgian has been around since 1871 and has been providing vital information to Carroll County’s citizens for 149 years.

But the pandemic has hurt us like it has so many other businesses. We need your support now more than ever. If you’re a business owner, please consider taking advantage of our $250,000 matching advertising grant program. And if you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one. Visit us at times-georgian.com or call us at 770-834-6631 for more information.

If we pull together as a community we can weather this. Together we will stand stronger.