New school year and a magazine

I’ve thought of several ways to go about my first column of the new school year, and it seemed best to take this time to do a little housekeeping business from the summer.
I’ll start by saying I’m thrilled for this weekend and the start of the new softball and football seasons. Summer is both a good and bad time for me as I get the much needed rest and relaxation from the previous school year, but let’s be honest, I’m over that in about a week, then anxiously awaiting the day I can hit the ball fields again.
I had a lot of fun speaking with some of the county’s best former athletes as part of my column the past two months, and I’m glad I was able to allow some of you to take a trip down memory lane. I’ve heard many stories of what it was like “back in the day,” and to be able to hear it first hand from the people who were a part of it, as well as learn about the athletic history at each of the schools was just as much fun for me as it was for everyone to read about. So a big thank you to the 10 athletes who took part in that series.
And now we enter the shameless plug portion of the column where I will kindly ask that everyone pick up a copy of next Wednesday’s Gazette.
As a kickoff to the new athletic season, we are printing our first sports magazine, which will highlight the fall sports; football, slow pitch softball and cross country.
I got the idea for this publication while at the Mississippi Press Association Convention last summer and have more or less begged for the last year to make one for Union County. I came across a similar magazine for another county and thought this would be the best way to highlight each of the schools, giving them a season preview while also giving recognition to the sports that do not always receive it, mainly cross country.
This magazine will include season previews, team pictures, coaches bios and schedules for each school, so it is a publication for anyone and everyone, and I hope it’s something the entire community will enjoy.
Of course this wasn’t easy to put together. This took a lot of time and screaming on my part, as well as a difficult deadline. Asking each of the teams at the different schools to get together for a team picture before the school year starts is easier said than done, so thank you to all of the coaches for cooperating. When I first mentioned the idea to them, they were wary of how we could make this happen, but we did, and it is because of their help that this publication is possible.
Also thank you to both of the superintendents, Ken Basil and Dr. Charles Garrett, for their help in the beginning stages of this project. In the end, we all want the same thing, and that’s to give all of the kids the recognition they deserve, and I think we’ve accomplished that with this magazine.
So be sure to pick up a copy of that next week, as it will only be available in the Wednesday edition.
Hard to believe I’m beginning my fourth school year in Union County, but I’m sure it will be just as exciting as the previous three, and I’m looking forward to what’s in store this year.