Well, the weekend is over, and we hope you folks had a good one! Happy Monday and thanks for including The County Line as the most informative part of your complete breakfast. Whether you’re raring to go or feeling a little Mark Chesnutt-y this morning, we’re here to get through it with you.
Today is one that’s near and dear to all of us in this profession, surely the reason some get into the journalism business to begin with: It’s National Hug a Newsperson Day. Let’s be clear, though. I’m not saying that if you see County Line co-owner and GM John Overby out today, you should run up and give him an unsolicited hug. I’m saying you should calmly walk over and ask his permission to give him a hug. Or at least tell him you like some of his work.
In all seriousness, now more than ever is the time to show appreciation for and support good journalism. With all the garbage you see on TV, in print, and on social media, it’s understandable why so many regular folks show a general disgust for “the media.”
Let’s be real though — us little ol’ local folks do it better than our rich, famous, compromised national counterparts. I’m not even referring to The County Line specifically here; Adair and Russell counties are blessed with a lot of talented, experienced reporters across the scope of mediums: newspaper, radio, and of course on these interwebs at adair-russell.com. There are still a lot of people in this industry who know what they’re doing, who care, who understand ethics and fairness, and who truly appreciate the value — and responsibility — of our constitutionally-protected right to a free press.
Real reporting is still out there, and it’s not hard to find if you look locally.
Moving on to weather, just a little after 6 a.m., it’s 41 degrees at the Adair County office in north Columbia. The intern’s report from company headquarters in Russell Springs says the thermometer shows 39. Expect a cloudy one today, with a high in the low-60s. There’s a chance of showers sporadically throughout the day and into tonight.
We have no birthdays or anniversaries to report today, but that will soon change thanks to an exciting new partnership we announced on Friday. Splash Carwash is giving County Line readers a chance at free car washes FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR, and there’s no cost to throw your name in the hat. Just follow this link and comment with your birthday. Include a spouse’s birthday and anniversary to double your chances at winning!