Howdy Glen Rose! My tenure as news editor for The Glen Rose Reporter began a mere week ago and during that short period of time I have gotten to know a little about the town, its residents and leaders and local treasures.
Since I have already received the opportunity to get to know you, I thought I would let you get to know me.
The first, and undoubtedly the most important question for many locals, is am I from Glen Rose? Alas, I am not, but I got here as soon as I could.
I am originally from Dallas (please donít throw rocks yet), but have not lived there for six years. Upon graduating from high school, I, being the spur-of-the-moment gal that I am, decided a short three weeks before beginning college at an expensive private university in Dallas that I was going to move two hours from home and attend a small rural college - Tarleton State University.
My education at Tarleton taught me a lot of things - more math, extended English, excellent journalism - but mostly it taught me about myself.
What I learned was that I love small towns and that I am good at writing, both loves continue to be a major part of my life. Upon graduation I moved to another small(er) town, Aledo, to work at The Community News. I also began my first reporting job there, which lasted two years.
Aledo is a small town similar to Glen Rose. It has an outstanding school district where the children excel in academics and athletics. It has leaders who truly look out for the best interest of their constituents. It has many local heroes, some unsung and some high-profile, like six-year-old Jessie Hall who inspired the entire community when she had a life-changing surgery that removed half of her brain.
On my last day at The Community News, we had a small office gathering and my coworkers bid me a fond farewell. The best piece of advice that I received came from the owner/publisher Randy Keck who retold a story of a story that I had penned over a year ago.
The story is actually about Jessie. Although Jessie had become national news almost overnight, I met with her parents and wrote a feature story on Jessie and her disease. The family spent more than six months trying to get a diagnosis for Jessieís disease. During that time, they watched their child go from a vibrant five-year-old to a seizing six-year-old. By the time Jessie had her surgery, her arm was seizing around the clock and her face had begun to do it too.
The story I wrote was a long one, it covered everything Jessie and her family had been through from day one. After the story was published, her father, Cris Hall, stopped by the office to speak with Randy. Cris said they truly appreciated that my story was about Jessie and not her surgery, which is what most of the other news outlets had covered.
Randyís final piece of advice on my last day was to remember that it is always about the people.
So remember Glen Rose - it is about you. It is about you and your community and the events and issues that you face that set you apart from other communities. I look forward to covering you Glen Rose and writing about you.