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Adding familiar faces

Things they are a changing around the office.

The Mirror recently embarked on an expansion of sorts, adding to the faces you know around here.

First, Becky Irwin -- who helped shepherd this newspaper from the time that our Magnolia Center office was just a shell with a concrete floor -- has moved to The News and Farmer offices, our sister paper in Jefferson County. There, she'll be helping General Manager Sam Eason keep the paperwork and budgets straight.

In her place at The Mirror's front desk is local newspaper veteran Janet Wells. Janet has more than 25 years of experience -- from customer service to layout -- under her belt.

But there's something else about Janet: I think I've finally found someone who knows more people in McDuffie County than my father. It's been like a family or class reunion in The Mirror's office for the last week or so. I don't think anyone has come in the front door that she hasn't known.

I'm also convinced there's not a lot Janet can't do at a newspaper. She's already sat through a day of layout with me and hasn't been intimidated by much.

We've also added long-time McDuffie County resident Carla Direnzo to our advertising team. She's already working closely with Angela Blair and is considering framing the first ad she sold this week.

Carla comes to us from Forest and Land services, a forestry company in Warren County that was co-owned by her father.

Now, if you ask my wife, there's only one reason why Carla is working for The Mirror: her cover letter. I admit, she did a great job of buttering me up (flattery will get you everywhere), but there's much more. Carla is truly excited about this opportunity. That's a wonderful thing for the rest of us, especially at the times when we may forget just how lucky we are to serve McDuffie County through The Mirror.

The community's response to The Mirror has made it possible for us to add Janet and Carla to our staff. I've said many times how thankful I am that my hometown has welcomed us but at times like this I find myself at a loss for words.

Meanwhile, in next week's Mirror, we're giving you a chance to win tickets to the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce's Beach Blast. We'll have a little contest that tests your knowledge of some local landmarks and 10 pairs of tickets (valued at $20 per pair) to give away to the June 11 event. This year, the Beach Blast features The Grapevine from Macon and will be held on the grounds next to 1810 Country Inn and Winery.

So stop by and see Carla and Janet.

After all, I'm still trying to find someone Janet doesn't know. I'll even give that person two tickets to the Beach Blast -- just for stumping the veteran.

Web posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004

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