I'm about as excited as a person can be. And with the good reason I believe.
For I've just joined The McDuffie Mirror as its newest employee, working as a full time staff reporter.
Prior to my having come onboard Tuesday, I had been serving as a news and sports correspondent with The Mirror. When I found out that Jason Smith, publisher, was looking for someone to replace my friend, Kristopher Wells, who recently accepted another job, I jumped at the idea and possibilities of being back with the Morris newspaper family. I sincerely wish Kristopher the very best on his new job in public relations at Augusta State University.
Several years ago, I worked as a police beat reporter on the staff of The Augusta Chronicle. Prior to joining the staff, I worked as a news and sports correspondent with the daily newspaper for a number of years. I got the opportunity to cover a number of important stories.
And now after all these years, I find myself back in a Morris publication newsroom. It's great and exciting - all at the same time!
Having grown up in Thomson, I am most fond of the people who live in McDuffie County. Many of them, I have known since childhood.
I look forward to the many challenges that await me on my new job of covering news and sports stories in both McDuffie and neighboring Warren counties.
Speaking of challenges, my first day at The Mirror started off with working on two different news stories before I ever walked into the front door of the newspaper office. That's the way news stories are handled - getting the information as quickly as we can and reporting it accurately.
Immediately, I began writing those stories, as well as my first column. And later in the day, I covered a joint city/county government meeting at Thomson City Hall.
I didn't mind my first day at all. In fact, I found it to be a great day!
After all, I'm working at a great newspaper with a great staff. All of them seem to be very professional. I couldn't be more pleased or happier.
I would be remiss If I didn't give credit to my wife, Laurie, who kept telling me to hang in there that God would help me to find a newspaper job, if that was within His plans for me.
I listened to her and was patient.
As it turned out, that patience was worth it.
After being offered the job with The Mirror, I thanked God.
I also remembered something I told myself several years ago when I left The Augusta Chronicle: That someday I'd be writing again for a Morris publication.
That day finally has arrived.