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The first part of June marked my third anniversary at The Perry County News and my move to Perry County. I was fresh out of Murray State University when I moved here in late May 2006 and while I worked at my college newspaper, I was eager to start my first "real" journalism job.
After three years, I'm sure there are still plenty of Perry Countians who don't know who I am, but I hope that'll get fixed in the next few years, maybe by the time I retire. Anyway, on to the point of this whole column.
In Thursday's paper we published a question the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau would like the public to answer. They want to know what's the best our county has to offer.
There's no doubt that Perry County has an abundance of natural resources between the Ohio River and the Hoosier National Forests. They offer plenty of opportunities to go fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping - the list is endless. We also have manmade beauties like the Christ of the Ohio and the Celtic Cross at Blue Heron Winery.
There is also the history of each community, which you can tell many residents take pride in.
But for me, while all of those are nice, they're not what I think about when answering the question the CVB posed. Instead I think about all of the people in the county I've met in my short time here.
Whether it's meeting people through my job or by just going to the same places all the time, I've met some really nice and unique people. Some of my favorite stories involved just listening to people tell me about themselves and the interesting things they've done.
And while it took me a year to say "sesquicentennial" properly, I was excited to be part of Tell City's 150th birthday last year. The amount of pride and involvement in all of Perry County's communities is encouraging. The one thing I've learned about the people of Perry County is that they're ready and willing to work on several committees at one time. I know I sometimes get confused when calling someone with a question since so many people fulfill multiple roles.
The teachers and school administrators at Perry Central, Tell City and Cannelton are all amazing and I enjoy going into the classrooms to take photos of students working. I was even a Junior Achievement volunteer this past spring for Maria Sweat's third-grade class at William Tell Elementary. I miss teaching them and look forward to doing it again.
I will admit, I felt like a traitor covering Cannelton events at first because I'm from New Harmony and we were always sports rivals, but I got over that feeling quickly. The school actually has a special place in my heart because it reminds me of home since they're going through the same trials and tribulations with their school as my alma mater is.
Besides, I work with former basketball and volleyball rival Theresa Lain and wouldn't want to cause tension in the office, which there never has been.
I also enjoy the relationships I've developed with my co-workers. Whether they know it or not, some of them have helped me in ways they may never know and I appreciate them very much.
And my mornings wouldn't start out right if I didn't go to the Circle S on 12th and Tell streets and get harassed (nicely) by the ladies who work there.
As you can see, I don't think it's the physical beauty of Perry County that's the best thing. It's the people I've met and the relationships I've developed.
What's the best part of Perry County for you?