I love my local paper too. As most of you know, I live right below the state line, officially in SC, however still part of the Charlotte, NC metro area.
I used to use the Charlotte Observer for my local news, which considers itself a "big city" paper, but its got its share of yokelness.
A few years ago I switched to the Rock Hill Herald, the local SC paper, which actually has way more news about my immediate community and is yokel all the way. What gets me is that when some crap happens like, say, the cops take away some peoples kids for living in filth, in the comments section people who actually know these people will get in huge personal arguments about stuff.
Its way more amusing to read than the Observer, who's comments are usually along the lines of someone blaming Obama and the liberals for a road closing, and then the liberals crawling out of the woodwork to defend themselves.