Time in Clanton comes to end

Published 7:24 pm Friday, July 24, 2009

As I prepare to pack my bags and head back to Tuscaloosa, I will be taking back quite a few things from this summer-lessons learned and new experiences.

I have been able to learn a lot about the journalism business from working at a daily community newspaper.

I’ve learned that many times your story is only as good as your sources.

As frustrating as it is to leave multiple voicemails and never get a call back, or to try to interview someone who doesn’t talk in complete sentences, it is just as gratifying to speak to someone who is grateful to share their story and enthusiastic about the subject and overflows with interesting information.

As far as experiences go, I’ve been amazed at the sense of community apparent in Chilton County. People here seem to be very loyal to the area. I’ve attended a pageant, parade, graduation ceremony, Memorial Day service and an art exhibit among other events.

I’ve talked to a wide variety of people across the county, and most seem involved in and knowledgeable about community business and activities.Some of the stories I most enjoyed writing were the feature articles about local peach farmers and an article on local World War II veterans on the anniversary of D-Day. These men have had lives and experiences that are worthy of telling, and I’m glad I was able to during my time in Chilton County.