I prefer Mondays to be slow and uneventful so everyone can get back in the swing of things after the weekend. We have three new employees in the newsroom, so I was hoping we’d have a quiet day to start this week that would give them plenty of time to get acclimated and up to speed.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way things worked out.
Our Monday was one of those days where there seemed to be a ton of things going on and more kept getting added. So much was happening, in fact, that we barely had time to enjoy the big eclipse.
During our morning editorial meeting Monday, everyone in the newsroom had several stories planned for the day, but no one had yet been assigned a story on the eclipse. So that got added on to our reporter Drew Smith’s plate.
Shortly after that meeting, we discovered an email from local attorney Bob Jarvis informing us of his client Ben Vincent’s decision to resign from the Tom Bean City Council. Our reporter Michael Hutchins volunteered to take that story on in addition to the Denison City Council and TAPS Public Transit meetings he was planning to cover.
Our new education/real estate reporter, Rhea Bermel, went right to work hunting down original content for our weekly real estate section and prepared for Monday night’s meeting of the Sherman Independent School District.
Personally, I only had one meeting to cover Monday — the Sherman City Council’s second meeting of the month — but I had plenty of editing tasks to accomplish in addition to that meeting story.
If we stopped right there, Tuesday’s paper would be chock-full of news, but we’ve also got national news including the presidential address on his plan for Afganistan Monday evening.
Happy birthday Tuesday to Lynda Ferguson Laws and B.K. Nichols, both of Sherman; Kimberly Lyles of Ivanhoe; Jaxson Jones of Buda; and Tatum Shields of Tom Bean.