Being HomeBy ELISA MAYO,
The best part of living in Clarke County is the people. Twenty years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to convince me that mattered. You would have also had a hard time convincing me I would spend the rest of my life here, much less that I would want to do that. But with age, my thoughts on what makes a place home, has changed.
Leaving a job I had for eighteen years also required leaving behind a work family—good, talented people who made me feel at home. Beginning a new job as publisher at the Clarke County Tribune is another opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences.
The welcome I have received to my new home on Main Street has been warm and kind. Many have sent food, flowers, and cards. Some have just had a kind word to say on the street, phone, or via social media. All have been encouraging.
Clarke County is home. I like it here. I like the people and I like the place. I like its history. And I like that it is a small town, but that it’s close enough to other larger cities. That’s why you’ll find stories like Soulé sprinkled among our own news. It’s part of the endearment of place. We are able to live here where a lot of people know your name and also travel less than an hour to be in a place where we can expand our opportunities for art, education, and culture. We have the best of both worlds.
It’s part of the reason I will be focusing on stories about people who have chosen to make Clarke County home and even own businesses here. I also plan to offer insights on things to see and do with your family—both in our county and not so far from our county.
Your ideas have spurred me on and my creativity is in overdrive. Some have asked for more for farmers, others inquired about recipes, some about keeping crossword puzzles, and some want more sports. It is my hope to provide a paper that you enjoy coming home to on Thursday. I hope you sit down and read something that sparks your interest or makes you smile or gets you to thinking. I hope you open the paper and feel like you are home. I know I feel like I am…home.