It was an incredible race, Monroe | Notice
In 2012, when I heard I was coming home to Amory, I wondered what I was going to do with myself. It had been a long time since I got home, and I wasn’t sure of anything. As I began to piece together in my head what life could be like here, I started to think about the little Main Street newspaper. I thought he was still called the announcer Amory.
I had always wanted to write and wondered if I could work on it.
I took my resume to then General Manager Charlie Langford and got a call a few days later from our editor, Ray. After coming in for an interview where I was warned that I would never get rich as a writer, I was given the task of covering a story. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but it had something to do with fake 911 calls. I put everything I had in this little story.
Ray called me a few days later and offered me a part-time job as an editor for the Monroe Journal and told me my story would be in the news the following week. All of you, when I saw my name imprinted on this story, I felt pure joy. It’s one of my most favorite memories.
Over the years, we have made many other great memories. Our little newspaper has changed and grown as we here at the newspaper and the communities we serve have changed and grown. We’ve covered elections, disasters, moments of triumph, funny stuff, sad stuff, festivals, a pandemic and more. We’ve won tons of awards. It is quite simply the best paper in the world.
I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most dedicated, kindest and funniest people I have ever known – former staff and current members.
But I think the most valuable thing I have gained from my time here at Monroe Journal is you – my community. Before I came back here and joined the newspaper, I lived in towns where I went to work, then had a burger and went home. I knew some of my neighbors but not most of them. I never knew the community.
Thanks to the time I have spent here, I know the work and the love it takes to make a community out of a simple city. I know how local government works and the importance of voting in local elections. I know the thinking and planning that goes into every little thing. I understand that festivals do not come together and that several hands make the work lighter. And I know there is a lot of comfort in being called by name at the grocery store by people I would never have known otherwise.
My diary time is up, but I want to thank each of you for allowing me to be a member of this community with you. It was truly the experience of a lifetime.
I love to write so I’ll drop in here every now and then with a column and of course I’ll see you all at the grocery store.
EMILY PAUL is the outgoing CEO of Monroe Journal.