Everyone has been extremely kind, and the thing that struck me most was how the people I met around town knew me before I knew them.
It was a good sign of the hard work Joel Klaassen, Don Ratzlaff and the Hills?boro Free Press staff have put in over the past 16 years.
Everyone I met shook my hand and said, ?You must be the new owner of the paper,? with a smiling face. They were genuinely happy to see me and as we small talked, their knowledge of the paper was evident.
They knew about the sale, they knew Joel was sticking around for awhile to help, and they knew about our other newspapers in Andale and Maize and asked me about them as well.
It wasn?t a surprise to one person.
That is high praise for the readership of the newspaper and the fact that the community really cares about what is happening around them.
Both things are really exciting to me as it verifies what I had already suspected about the newspaper and Marion County.
As I get settled in, I hope to get to know more of you and see all of you at different events around the county. If you see me around town feel free to stop me and say hello. I can?t wait to get to know you all.
I know I have some large shoes to fill and it won’t be easy, so I am going to end this first column and get back to work. See you all soon. ?Joey Young