Thursday, January 23, 2014
Big fan in Vermont
The South Reporter, your community newspaper, continues to reach near and far to young and old.
That’s obvious from the response we receive each week.
One of my favorite parts of the week is Wednesdays – when the newspaper returns from press.
Once upon a time it was ready by about 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, and based on the promptness of those rushing downtown to get a copy, it best not be late.
Then a few years back, we started getting it back from the printer around 8 a.m. each Wednesday.
Now the traffic starts flowing in front of our office about 7:30 a.m. with passers-by looking to see if the new edition is in the rack in front of our building on South Center Street.
Typically, folks get their community newspaper via the same method each week – from a rack, from a vendor/store or via the U.S. Postal Service.
Our readers are consistent, thank goodness.
And we’re consistently hearing the magic words to our ears – “Thank you.”
Others get their community newspaper now via our e-edition at www.southreporter.com. Many of those live out-of-state, and it takes them a bit longer to receive the print edition. Print subscribers can access the e-edition for free, or you can subscribe to the e-edition only.
We’re regularly updating sports scores and other news via our website, particularly the Facebook page.
We also receive messages from our readers via Facebook.
In December, I got this kind note, “To the editor,” from Johnnye Arnett Eure in Waitsfield, Vermont.
“I have family in Holly Springs who have been kind enough to give me a gift subscription to The South Reporter over the years.
“I share it with my 83-year-old neighbor. Trudy (Gertrude) Lark is probably one of your biggest fans. Recently, at a seniors luncheon at the famed Trapp Family Lodge, she was telling everyone how she read The South Reporter from cover to cover. She even reads the obits and especially likes the society page.
“Trudy is German but was born in Yugoslavia. She came to this country in the early ’50s. She had wanted to become a physician but because of the war in Europe, that was not possible.
“Trudy is intelligent, has a sharp wit and is an excellent cook and a devoted friend. Trudy is the world’s best neighbor.
“Today she lives in Evergreen Place, a senior apartment complex. I love for her to share stories of her childhood.
“I just wanted everyone in Holly Springs to know they have a big fan in Vermont.”
I will admit – it’s a big boost for us to receive a note such as that one.
No doubt, adults in our community and beyond look forward to receiving their South Reporter each week.
We know, because occasionally we get a call from one who didn’t. They’re upset, and they should be. We work hard to correct it quickly.
But we’re a product for the young people, too – filled with school news and high school sports and so on and so forth.
Just Friday night in Byhalia, an athlete said, “You’re The South Reporter man. I saw my picture in the paper.”
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