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Keeping up

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

This week we had a reader write in to us asking why we didn’t cover accident reports across the county. They also wanted to know what the new construction was on U.S. 60 in Pleasant Valley. 

Those are both good questions, and reasonable asks from a newspaper. I could go on and on about all the logistical reasons that we can’t report on every single accident that gets reported to the police, fire, or EMS. 

I could talk about how COVID-related restrictions made it harder to access public records until recently. 

But the simple answer is, it comes down to resources. This newspaper is put together entirely by two people. We have some contributors who give us content – and we love and appreciate their contributions beyond measure. They make our jobs so much easier, and they provide some needed diversity in voice, tone, and content. 

I’m often tempted to counter with all the things we do cover – arrests, county and city government, community and business news, public events, etc. 

But no one is complaining about the things we cover. They know what we cover and they’re happy we cover it. What they’re asking for is stuff we don’t cover regularly. 

It’s a fair ask. 

All I can say at this time is, we know what we’re missing. When we can afford to add a part-time writer to the mix, we’ll expand coverage – starting with more court news and sports coverage. There are also some community groups and municipal boards that we don’t cover as regularly as we would like to, often because of scheduling conflicts. 

If there is something else you’d like to see us cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Even if we can’t cover it right away, we can add it to the list of things to cover when we do have more resources. 

We can also always take contributions. If you want to follow up on an idea, write something up, and submit it to us for consideration, we’re glad to give it a look. 

Ms. Sheila Binion’s piece on the most recent Quilt of Valor honoree in this issue is one good example. 

Honoring Veterans

Speaking of Binion’s piece, though we didn’t have space to include all of Major Bevilacqua’s eloquent words about his brothers in arms, I was touched by how he remembered his comrades, as well as his own quiet humility. While he remains modest, Bevilacqua is obviously just as remarkable as his “blood brother” Dick Stone; Denny Weisberger, who spent his later years speaking with amputees after leaving his own leg in Korea to earn the Navy Cross; Peter “Rip” Meletis, who built homes for homeless veterans and “never stopped serving our country,”; and, last but not least, John “Duke” Alston, who despite losing both legs in Korea – and years of recovery – was courted by both political parties to run for office but chose to spend his time as a high school English teacher, “a positive influence upon the hundreds of young lives that passed through his classrooms.”

Bevilacqua may be modest, but any man who calls such remarkable men his friends must have something of the remarkable in himself as well. Thank you, Major, and your friends, for your service. 

Jeremy D. Wells can be reached at editor@cartercountytimes.com.

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