Here’s to my one-year work anniversaryPublished 4:39pm Monday, March 26, 2012
Last week I realized that I’ve been working at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., for roughly more than a year now.
I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone by to bring me where I sit today.
This past year I’ve gotten more experience in the field of print journalism than I ever imagined.
Looking back it seems almost impossible to have written the number of stories I have written for The Alexander City Outlook and The Dadeville Record.
From plays, programs, events, meetings, fundraisers, concerts, parades, new businesses, new restaurants, personal accomplishments, to elections, fires, car wrecks, natural disasters and other hard news, I’ve spoken with hundreds of people in Tallapoosa County who have made their mark on the area and have lived fascinating lives.
In the one year that I’ve been here I’ve covered heartbreaking and shocking stories like the April 27 tornado that ravaged the state and parts of Tallapoosa County. I was there covering the flood on Washington Street as Brown Nursing Home’s front lawn was waist deep in water and the occupants were evacuated. And more recently, I was there the afternoon after Cecil’s Public House was destroyed by a horrific fire and talked with manager Staci Futral about plans for the restaurant’s future.
I interviewed Gov. Robert Bentley when he came to Dadeville to survey the tornado damage, talked with World War II veterans about their time overseas, and created connections and spoken with representatives from the United Way, American Red Cross, Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center, Salvation Army and Lake Martin Animal Shelter. I’ve helped people get the word out about their events, sympathized with people who have lost loved ones, talked with police after a car crashed into an apartment building, and interviewed people with abnormally large vegetables. I’ve also talked with the different Tallapoosa County mayors, spent time with a lady who collected over 100 four-leaf clovers, and even found out where all of the letters go that children send to Santa.
I could go on, but frankly it’s hard to remember all of the stories I’ve written, and all of the experiences that God has so graciously put in my path.
Yes, there have been days (lots of days) when I’ve complained about the crazy hours, hectic schedule and quick deadlines that come with working at a daily newspaper, but I am so very thankful for the time that’s been given to me – since my first day of work to the fishing tournament I wrote about Monday morning.
Recently I had a friend tag along with me as I covered a few stories over the weekend.
She said she was excited to come along because the things I get to do and the people I get to meet are probably things she wouldn’t get to do and people she wouldn’t get to meet in her future job as a math teacher.
While being a teacher has always fascinated me and still sits in the back of my mind as a future career, it’s pretty cool to think that someone looks at my job and says, “Wow, that’s cool.”
With that being said, here’s to a new year of meeting new people, writing the news, and plenty of long hours and late nights.
Hargett is a staff writer for The Outlook.