Happy anniversary to us!

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Today marks one year since we kicked off the Webster Parish Journal, an online publication. And it’s been a great one of growth – relationships and numbers.

Let us say thank you first to our subscribers and readers. In just one year, you have grown beyond our wildest dreams. We will continue in the coming year to bring you the same quality news we have during the first year. News is the heart of our publication.

Special thanks to our writers, two of whom do this part time while teaching school: Theresa Gardner and Shanda Gann. Both have backgrounds in newspaper, and their ties to education bring a perspective that enables us to cover and appeal to our young people and their parents.

Paige Nash, with her background in communications and journalism, is a natural covering the news. She can do it all, from features to hard news, while being a wife and mom, and she does it all well.

I am simply an old-school journalist who likes covering hard news. I’ve been doing it for more than 30 years. No longer is ink in my blood; however, I guess now you can say it’s the Internet.

We are still seeking help for our Sports department. We have a few contributors, but Sports is a huge part of Webster Parish, and we welcome more who are interested in sharing their expertise with our readers.

We have a very diverse group of columnists – faith, sports, recipes, history and humor – oh, yeah, and that community aggravator who thrives on snarkasm. Something for everyone.

Our goal is to show you different sides of each issue and sometimes make you think … and possibly change your mind.

Subscriptions to the Webster Parish Journal will ALWAYS be free, thanks to our advertisers. They are the backbone of our publication.

Paige Nash doubles as an account representative. Erin Burrell, who is also in sales, has lived in Minden all her life and learned about sales from her dad. Almost one year ago, we contracted with Jennifer Spurlock and her firm, Split Sea Marketing. It’s been a great partnership. If any of these ladies contact you, please consider how we might help your business grow with advertising in an online product that thrives on growth.

 Here’s to another great year! Webster Parish Journal, Simple and Free. Visit us at www.websterparishjournal.com .