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Amid all of the weather news that has been occuring today in northern Kentucky and portions of the counties where my family live, I received an email with exciting news…

“This Side of the Creek” has been named a finalist in the Associated Press Society of Ohio news competition for the second year in a row! And once again, my colleagues at the Times-Gazette in Highland County also garnered several awards. Love those guys (and gals). Lora Abernathy, the Ohio Community Media southwest online editor, and I entered our blogs after winning first and second place in the competition last year. Lora and I received those places again this year and it is to be determined which place we took. At least we know we aren’t third, lol…

In May, we will find out for sure as we’ll head back to Columbus to accept and celebrate these awards with fellow newspersons from across the state. Sixty-seven newspapers entered close to 3,000 samples in categories such as blog writing, news feature writing, headline writing, photography, mulitmedia use, sports and front page layouts, etc.

Considering the hesitation I had when deciding to start “This Side of the Creek,” I am quite proud to have sustained this blog and the tremendous readership. Some days I’m at a loss for words and I shy away from posting. Other days it’s as if the words pop into my head and out the ends of my fingertips before I have a chance to take a breath. And there are even days when I doubt everything posted here and question whether I should continue on. I may ask myself, “Who really wants to read this? Why would they care about my words?” Those questions, however, are precisely why I keep going. They afford me the motivation and understanding of how I want to move forward with “This Side of the Creek.” In doing so, I aim to be as real as I can about issues that are often sugarcoated in our society.

As I prepare to turn off my television after hours of storm monitoring, my fear has gone and I’m feeling humble at this time for some good news today. I thank you all for helping to make this second AP award possible. Without you, “This Side of the Creek” would be lonely!


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Front row, l-r: Jeff Gilliand and Steve Roush; back row, l-r, Lora Abernathy, Me and Katie Wright.

I wanted to share with you all that “This Side of the Creek” won second place in the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s Division 1 awards for 2010.

My Times-Gazette coworkers and I traveled to Columbus today where we learned that along with  this award, we garnered seven additional AP awards, including second in general excellence.

Again, I thank all who take the time to read my blog and those who share their thoughts and life with me on here and elsewhere.

This award goes to all of you as well.

Here’s to a 2011 that is hopefully as successful as 2010, but I’m only vowing to continue doing what I do. I’m not seeking award-winning praise.

Just to have a blog that can relate my experiences and knowledge to that of others with hope to reach or help at least one person.

Thanks again.


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I want to take a moment to thank all of those who have taken time out of their busy schedules to read posts on This Side of the Creek. You are why I do what I do.

When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I didn’t know what direction it would take or exactly what I would post about. However, I’ve been pleased with the experience.

I must confess that my post topics come to me as quickly as rain crops up in the Ohio Valley. They hit me and when I sit down to type, I just start with the first word that comes into my mind. From there, I freewrite with the belief that God will put the right words onto the page through me. He does a pretty good job. I feel blessed for the talent He has given me and the way He uses me to reach others through real-life topics and experiences.

Next Sunday, May 15, my coworkers and I will head to Columbus for the Associated Press Society of Ohio awards ceremony where I will learn what place This Side of the Creek recieved in the Best Blog category. I’m really excited, but know without you I wouldn’t be where I am.

Thank you for believing in me, believing in the importance of mental health, and believing that we are all humans, but with different stories. I look forward to continuing life’s journey and sharing that with you. Know, too, that I am certainly open for feedback about what topics you would like to read posts about.

Happy Saturday!

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