From the Publisher's Desk, Patricia M. Edwards
Learn more about me, as I learn this community
For more than 17 years, I have been writing a column that’s gone by various names – From The Editor’s Desk or From The Publisher’s Desk – depending on the position I had at the time.
I started the column when I worked in Milledgeville, Ga., at The Union-Recorder, a daily newspaper located in what once was the capital of Georgia. For those history buffs out there, it is worth noting that Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia when Sherman made his March to the Sea.
If you’re ever over that way, I would encourage you to spend some time there to visit the Governor’s Mansion, which was fully restored to its full splendor and is simply a wonder to see. The history there is deep and rich and the folks who live there are absolutely terrific – friendly and the epitome of what true Southerners try to be.
I started my career in my hometown of Greenwood, but of all the places I have lived in the last 27 years, I think I enjoyed Milledgeville the most. At various points in the last 12 years, I entertained notions of moving back there to work. I made friends there who remain some of my best friends to this day. Thanks to Facebook and e-mail, we can stay in touch but, as I firmly believe, the roads we travel lead us where we are meant to be.
And I believe that about my move to Clinton and my coming aboard as publisher of The Clinton Chronicle in October.
But first, back to my column. I’ve always used my column as a way to tell readers about me, about my family, about my life, about events in my life, about things that impact me, about people I meet on a day to day basis. It’s a way for you to get to know me so when we do meet, it’s like we are more than just strangers right from the beginning.
I don’t use these columns to take stands on issues – usually. If I do, it’s because I feel very strongly about something. But make no mistake, my intent will never be to anger anyone but instead to make you think.
Being in the newspaper business for 27 years has taught me a lot about the nature of human beings. We can’t make everyone happy all the time. We know that. But the one thing I want everyone to know is that my door is always open. If you’re not happy about something, I want to know.
As I’ve always told people in other communities where I’ve worked: If I don’t know it’s broken, I can’t fix it. Even if you don’t have a complaint, stop by anyway. I’d love to meet you.
And now for a request: I currently live in Union and want to relocate to Laurens County, preferably the Newberry County/Union County side. I’m not a city girl (translation: I like the country!), don’t need anything fancy, not looking for a mansion (translation: can’t afford a mansion), and have three fur babies – two cats and one Dachshund/Jack Russell Terrier mix.
So, if you know of something for rent, I would be most appreciative if you would email me or give me a call so we could talk.
For now though, I should scoot. I hear that deadline bell ringing.
(Patricia M. Edwards is the publisher of The Clinton Chronicle. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 864-833-1900, extension 212.)