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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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Myself (left) and our Times-Gazette intern, Jessica passing out programs.

The newspaper at which I work, The Times-Gazette, recently hosted a mayoral candidate debate and I had a front-row seat for the big event. With additional camera crews on the scene, I listened intently while writing notes as quickly as possible, taking pictures and recording video.

On the drive home I called Bob and he asked my opinion on how the debate had gone. I told him that what I had gained the most was not so much the information regarding which candidate I would vote for (if I still had a Hillsboro address) but what a truly wonderful community Hillsboro is.

Mayoral candidates debated hot topics Tuesday in Hillsboro, Ohio.

I grew up in Hillsboro, lived there until last April, and still continue to work inside city limits. I’m excited about the upcoming elections and am even more excited to know that the place I have lived much of my life is deemed by residents as one of the greatest cities in the country.

Sure, Hillsboro has its issues, just as any city does, but I do believe that when it comes down to the heart of a matter, neighbors always lend a hand. I’ve seen it, experienced it and written about it.

When I was a child we moved a lot. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. I was used to the changes of scenery and used to the fact that life never remains steady. Things happen and we must adjust accordingly. I will miss my home if/when I leave, but I know that no matter what, I can come back, expect a handshake and a smile and feel loved among the people who made Hillsboro what it is and what it isn’t today.

So, what happens when life calls us to a different geographical location and all of a sudden we’re thinking that the place we always wanted to run from is the exact place where true comfort is felt? The place we swore we’d never return to is the place where the presence of God, community, and much more is felt?

I’ve been thinking about this since Tuesday’s debate and wondering how it will be if/when I move to the city to be near my boyfriend. I would never ask him to move this way because I’m the one who is restless. He has his roots in Kentucky/Cincinnati and his parents are older. Travel would just be easier for myself and my side of the family. I think that my heart will always be in Hillsboro, despite any and all negative I’ve heard about the city my whole life.

When we relocate, however, we have a chance to bring that bit of community that we know to a city where holding the door for a stranger provokes the question, “What are you doing???”

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"This Side" and Times-Gazette reader Jim Moore made this wood burning for me recently and I LOVE IT!

I want to thank you all for reading “This Side of the Creek.” The Associated Press Society of Ohio announced today that this blog is one of three finalists for an AP award (which my editor said means I won).

I’m super excited, especially since the entries had to be from 2010 and I had just started “This Side of the Creek” in November.

My colleague, Lora Abernathy, was also a finalist for her blog, “The Iron Mountaineer,” and The Times-Gazette received five additional AP awards.

Thanks to everyone who has happened upon this blog or has deliberately visited. I appreciate the continued support and hope you may glean something from the posts herein.

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