So I let a little anniversary slip by last week.
The McDuffie Mirror officially turned three with the July 6 issue, but I was waiting to mark the anniversary with a significant announcement. So here we are.
It's hard to believe it's been three years since I was sitting at Jekyll Island helping put together the first edition over the internet. I haven't had a lot of opportunities for vacations since, but I wouldn't trade a minute of the last three years for the world.
(OK, there was that one day I dressed as tennis diva, but...)
I've still got the press plates from that first edition - July 3, 2003 - hung on the walls of our front office. We pledged then to become part of this community by giving its residents a newspaper they helped shape.
In three years, I think we are well on our way toward that goal. (Though, truth be told, it's a goal we should never be able to meet. The Mirror should change to reflect changes in our ever-growing community.)
But July 6, 2006, was more than just an anniversary: That day, The McDuffie Mirror took it's commitment to McDuffie County to a higher level. We have purchased the Lovelace Jewelers building on Railroad Street - right between The Wilson Company and Ivery's Restaurant.
It is a move necessitated by our growth: We've absolutely outgrown the confines of our spot in the Magnolia Center. And it is a move that helps us strengthen our roots in McDuffie County.
But it also allows me to put my passion where my mouth is. From the first day I stepped into my office at The Mirror, I've been promoting the revitalization of downtown Thomson. It's important because I remember what the downtown area was, and I understand what it could be. I think it is only appropriate that The Mirror is taking on a larger role in that process.
We're shooting to be in the new building by the end of August. In the meantime, there is a stack of planning, painting, building and various other renovations that need to be done. Once the work is completed and we've moved in, we plan to have an open house, and I hope you'll stop by and say "Hi."
After all - just like we promised in our first edition - this is just as much your newspaper as it is mine.
I'm proud of the newspaper you've helped us create.
I'm still flattered by the folks that tell me they enjoy reading it every week.
And I'm still challenged by those that don't.
This is what I do. But more importantly, this is what I want to do.
Thank you, McDuffie County, for making my dreams come true every day.