It’s a pleasure to be working on your newspaper

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By The Staff

Drollene Brown said it best Tuesday. “You get around,” she wrote. Indeed I do.

Four years after moving to Florida, Iee^have now worked at four of the county’s newspapers. In those four years, Iee^have covered every government agency, except Yankeetown, driven hundreds of miles along the backroads and met scores of people and learned a lot about the state where I have always wanted to live.

And now, here I am in Williston–eager to jump feet first into the community and provide you, the newspaper’s readers with a forum that will allow you to call the Pioneer “my paper.”

For those of you who don’t know me, this is a brief introduction. If you want to know more, I encourage you to come by and visit with me.

I was reared in rural Eastern Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia where the war on poverty was declared. My roots are humble, and I am so proud of where I came from because it is what shaped me into the person Iee^am today.

I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old and except for a brief stint as a property appraiser, I’ve done nothing else for the last 20 years.

Georgia was my adopted home for 17 years and where Iee^reared my three children, Allison, a social worker; Nick a recent UGA graduate and Spencer, the youngest who graduates high school at the end of the month. My children are my finest contribution to society and I miss being so far away from them.

I am a people-person, preferring either one-on-one conversation or speaking in front of huge crowds. I don’t do small talk well and in fact, it makes me nervous.

I read voraciously. I scrapbook. I have been an actor, director, flunky in little theatre. The beach–any beach– is my favorite place. Iee^am a dessert connoisseur. Iee^can’t live without coffee and sweet tea. Except for salad, I don’t eat anything green. I can taste the chlorophyll–honest.

I like to think I’m even-tempered. I try not to let little things get to me. I live my life without regret because it is too short to wonder “What if?”

My plans for the Pioneer are quite simple: fill it with faces and names.

Under my guidance, I want this paper to be a reflection of the community and in order to achieve that, it will take all of us working together.

I welcome suggestions, thoughts and ideas for stories. I want to know what’s important to you. I want you to embrace this paper and its staff’s commitment to you as much as I want to embrace Williston.

As I continue to get acclimated–learning people’s names, events’ locations, who’s who, Iee^ask you to be patient with me.

This is going to be a memorable trek and I hope you’ll go along with me. After all, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

Carolyn Risner is the editor of the Pioneer Sun News. She may be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or by calling 528-3343.