With both a happy and heavy heart, I would like to inform our readers that I will be leaving the Pella Chronicle.
I've spent a little over three years here, as a reporter and managing editor, and took this job fresh out of college. I've now been given the opportunity to work at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines. I begin Aug. 1.
We've made a lot of changes to the Chronicle when I became managing editor, hopefully many of them for the better.
We changed the layout of the paper, the way we approached our Tour of Homes edition and Tulip Time magazine, we tackled the subject of mental health last year in a three-part series and we've just begun digging into a local problem on drugs and the community that's working to help Pella's youth.
We've also covered big news while I was here. We covered the accident at Walmart in 2016, followed local residents who attended the president's inauguration or the Women's march, Pella Christian grad Rachel Brand's nomination and resignation as the associate attorney general, the locals who helped victims of hurricane Harvey, Central College grad Chris Weaver's journey on “The Voice,” a standoff at The Reserves at Mill Farm apartments and, just recently, a tornado.
In between those big stories, we've covered the local stories, such as Tulip Time, several events and festivals, the arrival of new business and a town that helped its own people when they were in need.
Our readership and following has grown, in both subscriptions and online, and I hope you will continue to support the paper as someone else takes my place.
I've made many friends here and I will miss you all dearly as I venture a little farther north. And while I'm moving on to a different job, I'm not completely disappearing. Please stay in touch, or say hi if you see me in Des Moines.
In the meantime, if you have any news, please continue to call our main line at 641-628-3882. Our staff will be able to direct you where you need to go.
Thank you again for your support and may the force be with you.