By Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
If you’ve been paying attention to our Lifestyles page, you may have noticed that I’ve been doing a weekly column on video games. This week you may notice that in lieu of the video games, we’ve added something else – agriculture reports.
This doesn’t mean there won’t be any video game coverage moving forward. The Late to the Game(s) column will be back. I honestly just didn’t have the time to dive into the game I wanted to review for this week. But the agriculture reports will be here to stay too. It’s something a lot of rural newspapers used to run but have gotten away from, and we want to bring it back.
Here’s the thing, we’re a rural county. Even if corn and cattle and timber aren’t your primary source of income – and for some folks they are – they are a source of supplemental income that many folks in Carter County rely on. So we want to give you the information that helps you get top dollar for the products you raise. Right now that’s state averages on beef and grain prices for the two markers closest to Carter County, but we could add more information if you let us know what you want. If you want livestock prices from the Mt. Sterling, Maysville or Paris auctions, instead of state averages, let us know.
We’ve been listening to our readers and trying to provide them with the information they want. That’s why, in addition to our local government coverage, we’ve been running the indictments when the grand jury returns them. That’s why we’ve run deeds and marriage certificates from the county clerk’s office. It’s why we run obituaries. It’s why we’ve been covering school board so parents can stay on top of what changes will impact their kids. And that’s why you’re going to be seeing more farm market reports in our pages.
We’ve also told our contacts in the gaming industry that our readers who play video games want games they can play with their children, or feel safe letting their children play. They’ve responded by giving us access to more family friendly games. We know there are plenty of adult gamers out there too, and they understand not all games are suited to children. But we want you to be able to make an informed choice. It’s why all of our game reviews and suggestions have included, and will continue to include, ESRB ratings. That way you can make the decisions that best suit you and your family.
It’s a lot of stuff to do, but we think Carter County is worth it. We think you are worth it. So we’ll do our best to keep you informed – about the things we think are important for you to know and the things you tell us are important to you. And together, we’ll keep building a better newspaper for Carter County.
Jeremy D. Wells can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org