It started with a Tweet by a prominent college football player and spread all over the United States, even catching the attention of the president. Donald Trump said he supported the message put out Monday by Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who started a sports-wide movement by posting #WeWantToPlay on his social media account. The sentiment resonated with high school and college athletes all over America, who are itching to return to competition while the country – and the world – continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the question about whether it’s safe to resume sports as the numbers of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to mount. Local high school teams, who are tentatively planning for fall sports as the start of a new … [Read more...] about Should high school sports happen this fall?
It might come as a surprise to readers of The Leader that the people charged with putting it together every week – namely me – do not always choose the type of news we include. We strive to keep our community informed, engaged and entertained, and sometimes that entails reporting the most significant things that happen in the days leading up to publication. The top two stories in last week’s edition, for example, were not even on our radar when we put the finishing touches on the previous newspaper. And in a perfect world, we wish we would not have had to tell either story. We found out July 3 that a well-known and well-liked restaurateur in the area had died suddenly and unexpectedly the night before, and we knew immediately that it was a story we needed to relay to our readers and … [Read more...] about We don’t choose the news, we just report it
His father’s violent sneeze once startled Pablo Zuvanich, who was so frightened by the sudden sound that he curled his lips into a frown and started sobbing. That was only a few months ago, so his first Fourth of July figured to be fraught with anxiety for both him and his parents. Pablo had turned 6 months old only a few days before and had not yet encountered the sights and sounds of fireworks. New Year’s Eve, the other popular occasion for pyrotechnics, was the day he was born. And he was sound asleep in a hospital room, along with his exhausted mom and dad, when the clock struck midnight. There’s no way he sleeps through the show this time, his Momma and I thought, and we didn’t even try to make that happen. We had bought a few fireworks to blast ourselves – outside the city … [Read more...] about Fussy over fireworks? Not this kid
Let me start with a confession. When I looked into working for The Leader, my first inclination was to look down on it. All my previous jobs in journalism had been for daily newspapers, which operated at a fast pace I liked and seemed to carry more cachet both within the profession and among the news-consuming public. A weekly is a sleepy place to be, I thought, and transitioning to one seemed like a step down. But like any decent journalist would do, I suspended my preconceived notions and gave The Leader a closer look. I talked to publisher Jonathan McElvy about the paper and the community it serves, I studied the stories that were being told and I researched the area both online and in person. Jonathan eventually offered me the job as editor, and I took it. A year-and-a-half … [Read more...] about Community support leads to great news coverage
In many ways, graduating from high school is like breaking free from the shackles of childhood. Most graduates turn 18 years old within the year before they receive their diplomas, making them newly minted adults who can vote in elections, apply for loans and buy lottery tickets, among other newfound freedoms. And by the time classes are dismissed and final exams are taken, high school seniors can smell the summer and the carefree attitude that comes with it. It’s a time to relax and reflect, a time to have fun and a time to start branching out from the homes and families that have helped to nurture them and prepare them for adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. Some will soon head off to college, and others will enter the workforce on a full-time basis. For the … [Read more...] about Plan for citywide celebration of graduates could backfire