Proclaiming the good news
Christmas is a season filled with hope, inspiration, joy and happiness. Because of this, our newspaper came up with a special holiday gift for our readers.
In last week’s edition, we proclaimed the good news of Dodge County and beyond. Our staff members came up with a variety of stories, photographs and columns that we hope provided everybody with the Christmas miracle. Our goal was to simply uplift and inspire our readers over the holiday season.
What we found over the past few weeks is that the area abounds with good news, especially during the month of December. We obviously can’t get every last positive story that’s out there, but we hope we have come up with a strong sampling of what the area has to offer.
Sadly we live in a world that’s imperfect. Just look at some of the news that has surrounded our area this past year. While some people get a bit edgy about what they perceive as negative news, it’s our responsibility as the newspaper to report on what’s happening no matter if it’s good, bad, ugly or anywhere in between.
One of the tragic stories that we covered this past year has been turned into a good news story filled with hope and promise for a family still reeling from the tragedy. The Harberts family—dad Brandon and son Jaxon— is finding a way to piece their lives back together after losing their wife/mother and daughter/sister.
In a lengthy interview with Howard Lestrud, which by the way brought tears to my eyes, both Brandon and Jaxon share how complete strangers have rallied behind them and carried them through this horrible ordeal. They have suffered incredible loss, but Brandon and Jaxon share how the community is holding them together.
There are many other stories and photos scattered throughout last week’s paper proclaiming the good news. Let’s just say it’s all the good news that’s fit to print. We tried hard to deviate from the normal news that often grabs the headlines in shocking ways, and quite honestly makes us all uncomfortable.
While last week’s paper was filled with good news, we will continue to make efforts to showcase the positive side of life every other week during the year. We are always trying to find a balance. We welcome tips and suggestions for any story ideas you may have. Generally the best stories come from our readers who let us know about things going on.
The good news has been proclaimed in more ways than one over the past week. We hope it proves to be a good time for peace on Earth in your life as well as the lives of your loved ones.
It’s our privilege this holiday to go in hot pursuit of proclaiming the good news of the area. Happy New Year!