LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
On September 20 the newspaper gave me a retirement party with pizza, pop, and cake. I told Carrie, the editor, I didn’t want any fuss made over me when I retired. Willie, the publisher, told me we were having a party and if I didn’t like it, he would fire me. He also wrote a funny speech that made me laugh and cry at the same time. He said I talked way too much and took care of all of the critters I could. Only the latter is true. The newspaper gave me a $100 certificate to my favorite hairdresser. I don’t know if that was a hint or they couldn’t think of anything else to get me. The employees at the paper also took up a collection and gave me a card with their signatures on it.
While cleaning out my desk, I came across all the thank-you cards I received from people and students over the years. I want to thank all the people who made my job easier from the regular folks to all the professionals.
I worked at the former News-Leader from 1993 until 1998 and at the Sentinel-Echo from 1999 until now. That’s a total of almost 20 years. Before that I worked part time for a tax office for one season. Before that I worked as an accounts receivable clerk for 18 years at an area hospital, while at the same time running a coal business with my ex for five years. When I was in high school, like most girls, I babysat to make a little money. I also made most of my own clothes from material I bought with that money. When I went to Union College, I double majored in English and French, and did office work and gave out exam papers to students.