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Newspaper news and wrestling thoughts

It's kind of appropriate that on a week we publish Faces & Places, I get to introduce a few new faces here at The Mirror.

First and foremost, we've added a new reporter to the fold. Jerrie Macintire has more than 25 years of writing in community newspapers, ranging from North Carolina to Tennessee and several military bases in between. She now calls Evans home (and has done work for our sister newspaper, The Columbia County News-Times) and brings a wealth of editing, design and writing experience to The Mirror.

She spent the first few days of work getting acclimated and is already working on a couple of stories for the next edition. She even got a trial by fire at Wednesday's commission meeting.

At the same time, we are entering a new partnership with WTHO. I've known and respected Mike Wall for years -- back before he bought the station -- and am thrilled to have forged a working relationship with his star reporter, Lisa Kitchens. Lisa is a respected news veteran of this community and will focus on crime coverage for us. In return, we'll be picking up news events for the radio station from time to time.

I've often been told I have a face for radio. I guess now I have a chance to prove it.

Shifting gears a little bit -- but not much -- I really enjoyed sitting through (and photographing) an hour or so of wrestling at the Armory Sunday.

It's no secret I'm a wrestling fan and have been for years. My quasi-bachelor party was attending an Extreme Championship Wrestling show at the Bell auditorium a few years ago. Including that show, I've been to several live events -- even scoring front row seats for a television taping with now-Thomson High student Daniel Evans a few years ago.

One of my favorite memories is from an event in Atlanta. It was three months before I got married and the last trip I took with my buddy and groomsman Steve Patch. He was out of breath for most of the walk around downtown Atlanta before the show but stood and yelled during the event. A few weeks later, he lost his battle with cancer and never got his chance to stand at my side.

But I digress.

Sunday night was certainly different from other shows I'd been to. I fully expected it to be a sloppy mess of missed moves and out of shape amateurs.

Thomson's Thomas Heaton and his buddies -- including Greg Mason, Timothy Blackmon and Adam Gulledge -- impressed me. They were able to pull in some national talent for an event that too few people came to see.

Look, I know it is fake. But when done correctly, there's a strange beauty to it. (I know, beauty and wrestling should probably never be in the same thought process, but just go with me here, OK?)

Thomson's wrestlers may not be there yet, but at least they have the heart to try.

Web posted on Thursday, September 2, 2004

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