The last year or so has been weird.
I graduated from Troy University last summer, in the middle of a global pandemic. Which was funny, because I took an elective class on that very subject my first semester at Troy!
I spent most of last summer applying for jobs, and strangely enough, ended up in Troy, North Carolina, where I was hired as the sports and features editor for the county paper, the Montgomery Herald.
Those of you who knew me growing up know that I was never much of a sports guy, so it was a change of pace to suddenly be THE sports guy. But it was a really good experience to gain, and I will put it to good use here in Marion County.
Montgomery County was in an interesting place, situated right in the middle of the Uwharrie National Forest. I did a fair share of hiking, camping and target shooting while I was out there.
I worked there for almost a year when the Journal Record contacted me and let me know they had a position opening up. While I love Montgomery County, I was excited at the opportunity to move back home.
I did most of my growing up here in Winfield. I started school here in the second semester of second grade and graduated from Winfield City High School in 2016. My dad, Jeff, was the youth minister at Winfield First Baptist Church until he retired in the summer of 2019. He is currently a special education paraprofessional at Haleyville Elementary School. My mom, Darla, teaches English and Math at Hubbertville.
My sister, Robin, is currently attending the University of South Alabama to get her teaching degree. She’ll be in New York City for the next several weeks on a mission trip.
After high school, I went to Troy University to get a degree in multimedia journalism. The summer after my junior year, I was back in town for a little while as a summer intern here at the Journal Record, and it was a great experience. A lot of people still tell me they got a kick out of some of the columns that I wrote!
I’ve heard a lot of people say that Winfield needs better coverage, and I aim to help provide it. I live in Winfield and will probably be working from home most of the time, so I’ll be right there close by for news and sports, or anything else.
I’m glad to be home, and I look forward to helping everyone stay informed about what’s going on in Marion County!
See complete story in the Journal Record.