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You’ll get a reprieve this week from me spouting 500 words about my family life.

This week, I want to keep you informed on what’s going on in our newsroom at the CNA. For almost two years, I’ve covered county government for this paper. That time spent in meetings opened my eyes to the workings of government and the relationship between the public and its elected officials.

However, in recent months, I have not been able to cover the county supervisors beat with the amount of depth I used to mostly because I’ve focused more on morning pagination of our front page.

So, moving forward, CNA reporter Jake Waddingham will be covering county supervisors. If you missed it, Jake — who was an intern/part-time employee with us in 2008 — returned to the CNA last month after graduating from University of Texas Tyler with degrees in journalism and political science.

Personally, I’m glad to have him back at our newspaper because he’s a good friend of mine (he was a groomsman in my wedding). And, from a professional standpoint, he has an incredible work ethic, and I’m more than confident he will dig into the issues of county government.

So what will I be doing now?

I will now cover city government. My first meeting will be tonight. I’ve always been interested in city happenings, too, as they sometimes overlap with county business. The reporters who covered city government before me always enjoyed it, mostly because the meetings do not take very long. They’d come back on Wednesday mornings and tell me the meeting only lasted 15 or 20 minutes. A long meeting would be an hour.

I question how can this be? Shouldn’t the monthly business of an entire city take longer? Creston School Board meetings are monthly and they average about three hours. County supervisors meet weekly and their business takes at minimum 90 minutes.

I recently attended two city council meetings in Osceola and each of them lasted more than 90 minutes. I don’t know exactly why Creston City Council meetings are so short, but I’m sure someone will explain it to me soon.

Thompson

I’m like most everyone else, and sad that Dr. Matt Thompson, dean of students at Southwestern Community College, and his family are leaving Creston. Matt is taking a vice presidency position at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

He’s been such a positive person and leader in our community.

I still remember one of the first times we met. It was an interview for a recreation section we were doing at the CNA. I set up an interview with him to discuss a proposed disc golf course being installed on SWCC’s campus.

When I showed up, he had a Gator all-terrain vehicle waiting and we went on a tour whereby he showed me where every tee pad and basket was planned. His extra effort impressed me, but overtime I learned to expect that from Matt. He goes above and beyond. That’s just Matt.

Hopefully, we run into each other before your departure Matt, but if not, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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