We began this week with a look back at 2012.
In many ways, however, a look back is a look ahead.
As we are reminded of the news that made headlines during the past 12 months, we are equally mindful of the fact that news does not happen in 12-month cycles.
Many of the issues we have brought to light remain issues in our county.
Many of the concerns of citizens and questions raised by both readers and the newspaper itself continue to be of concern.
Last July we said, “It is your newspaper.”
We meant it when we said it and we still mean it.
As a reminder, we believe a newspaper truly belongs to its community.
If it doesn’t, it should.
No, you don’t have to buy the ink and rolls of newsprint, but in all the ways that matter most, the paper belongs to you.
A community newspaper should be, must be, all about community.
We are going to cover the hard news. That’s a given.
We are going to hold public officials accountable, to be sure.
However, we care about the community in many other ways as well.
The paper will celebrate our county, and especially our young people.
We want to tell your stories, champion your causes and highlight your successes.
We want to be a part of your events and help promote your organizations.
We care about your churches, your clubs and your agencies.
We want teachers, parents and students to help us showcase things such as “show-and-tell day,” or just share pictures and article that show how hard your boys and girls are working in class on any given day.
Little league, t-ball, fishing on a lazy afternoon, church socials and a plethora of other community events are all a part of being a part of a community and therefore should all be a part of being a community newspaper.
Obviously, we cannot be everywhere all the time, but with your partnership we can be in more places and share your stories and pictures with more people.
We want you to be a part of us just as we hope to be a part of all of you.
Share your news and events.
Share your photographs.
We will then share them with the community in the pages of the newspaper.
Have a picture of your child with the first fish ever caught? Share it.
Have information regarding the last meeting of your civic organization and maybe a photo of the speaker? Share it.
Are you a teacher really proud of the classroom project your students just completed? Share it.
Is your church circle preparing meals to take to people who may be in need or unable to leave their homes? Please do share.
You share with us and we will share with others.
So, got news?
Call us. E-mail us. Stop by to see us.
You should always feel free to call Editor Jim Zachary at 770-757-9161 or send an e-mail if you prefer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to hear from you.
Even more, we hope to see more of you and plan for you to see more of us.
We have come a long way in reconnecting with our community, but we want to continue to build bridges, get to know more of you and work even harder every single day to be your community newspaper.
— Editor Jim Zachary