The front page of this weekend’s paper has a lot of crime on it, save for a happy picture of people having fun at last weekend’s bobber drop
I don’t like to have crime stories on the front page of the paper, especially on the weekend when there are an increased number of visitors in town.
My editor knows this and tries to accommodate the policy. We really don’t want to give people the wrong impression of Grove. We love to feature all the positive things that are happening in Grove and Grand Lake.
But, sometimes it is what it is. This is one of those weeks.
And, since we are a newspaper it is our job to let the residents know what is going on around them, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
While we love to publish the happy stories, and God knows we do - our primary function is to inform the public — to report crime, to hold cities and counties and school boards accountable, to let citizens know when there is an issue that need to be aware of.
It’s a thankless job at times, newspaper reporters don’t get much sleep, especially when the paper is short staffed due to dwindling support from local businesses.
We aren’t alone in this.
But, there are plenty of people in Grove that are doing everything they can to make Grove a better place to live and to make sure people know it!
There’s the fairly new, well, not too new anymore Chamber President Donnie Crain, who seems to attend every single event that is held in town. Small event or large you can count on him to be there to support it, and most of the time he brings along his family.
There’s people behind the scene who are giving of their time and energy to lobby to clean up the water in Grand Lake, to keep it the beautiful place that it is for generations to come.
There are people at the Christian H.E.L.P. center assisting people who have fallen on hard times.
There are people who have invested in downtown and brought life back to the empty storefronts.
There is the greatest Rotary club on the planet in Grove as hundreds of thousands of dollars have been poured back into the community to help others and to make it a better place to live. No where else can you find the kind of volunteerism as is exemplified in this club.
There is a school that has the nicest performing arts center around and parents and teachers that care about each other.
There is a ministerial alliance that should be a model for all communities large and small.
There are more clubs and organizations that encourage fun and fellowship than any town this size has ever seen.
And then there’s the lake! And fishing, and boating.
I could go on and on- so when you see the crime stories on the front page let it just be a reminder that there is evil in the world and we can’t always stop it, and it shows up everywhere. Until Jesus comes that is just the way it is.
But, we can know that life is still good in Grove and you can look around and not only see and support the good, you can be the good.
Cheryl Franklin is the regional publisher for the Grove Sun, Delaware County Journal, Miami News Record and Cherokee County News Advocate.
She can be reached at 918-786-2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.