• News doesn’t stop

    Could you imagine a world where you went to pick up a copy of your local newspaper and the big, bold headline read: “Out for the holiday” or “Be back next week?” Even worse, what if there wasn’t a paper at all?

  • USA: Celebrate it

    Whether you agree with the current political climate or the direction its headed, America’s birth is a worthy celebration for all.

  • It’s nice to be back

    What a difference a week makes.

    Walking back into the office of Morgan County News after a weeklong vacation has been an experience in itself. It’s a very strange feeling to not know what the front page of the paper is going to look like before opening that door on Wednesday morning. Although I have to admit I knew the basics of what it would be.

  • Political circus

    Now that voting for the presidential primary election is over, I feel I can say my peace about it with my personal biases influencing anybody’s decisions, as remaining unbiased is a very important factor in my journalism ethics.

    I feel betrayed by the candidate options this cycle. Politically, I identify as a right-leaning libertarian, so at the start of the vetting season I actually had a candidate to root for: Rand Paul.

  • A fellow journalist

    It was about 20 minutes before I was going to leave the office just before slipping into a rare three-day weekend.

    A man come into Morgan County News and started asking a few questions about the paper. They were fairly soft questions, but eventually turned his inquires to who the editor was. I always try to meet new people, so even though I was editing a few articles, I put them aside for a quick chat.

    I’m glad I did.

  • Writing for life

    Looking at the winners of the litter essay contest that we have in the paper last week really got me thinking about my adventure with writing. What began as an interest and later a hobby, progressed into what I do for a living—and also for fun in a lot of cases.

    I can still remember my first attempt at creative writing. I was in kindergarten and my teacher had announced a writing contest. For some reason I thought I could do this and produced two pages of fiction based on charters from the X-men comic books.

  • Helpful, not harmful

    Lately, we’ve received several comments from people who think the article we ran about Josh Johnson’s apparent suicide was in bad taste. I feel this editorial is necessary to clarify some misconceptions that are damaging to the community and unfair to people involved in the situation.

    The death of this teenager is tragic. I think we can all agree on that. But it’s still news.

  • The Christmas spirit

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the Thanksgiving spirit, and it seems like after just blinking Christmas is almost here.

    For Thanksgiving there’s not nearly as much preparation that goes into it as there is with Christmas. That’s not to diminish the value of Thanksgiving, but really Christmas is much more involved. You have the same gathering and eating elements with each holiday, but the gift giving aspect of Christmas really puts the holiday into full throttle in comparison to all of the others.

  • Thanksgiving spirit

    This time of the year there is a lot of talk about the Christmas spirit, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I think it’s great. But I also believe in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

    The concept of both of these spirits affirm positivity, but it a different way. The spirit of Christmas is one that encourages giving in a selfless way. The spirit of Thanksgiving is one of reflection where gratitude is expressed for the things that you have.

  • Better, better, better

    I’m a firm believer that if you don’t see any room for improvement then you aren’t looking hard enough.

    I think this applies to nearly everything, but since bringing our readers the best local newspaper Morgan County has to offer is my passion, I’m pleased to direct this editorial right back to the hometown Morgan County News.

    Since I’ve taken up the saddle as editor I’ve heard a lot of people tell me how much they think the paper has improved. I have to agree, but I certainly won’t hog all of the credit.