From the editor’s desk:

Posted 1/14/22

I have officially been a resident of Mexico for two weeks. In this short period of time, I have noticed how excited the community is to have the Ledger back with local news.

Many residents and …

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I have officially been a resident of Mexico for two weeks. In this short period of time, I have noticed how excited the community is to have the Ledger back with local news.

Many residents and business owners have asked me how I ended up in Mexico, Mo. I come from a rural area about the size of Mexico; the community where I was the last editor is about one-third this size. Living in small, community-oriented towns is where I feel at home. My previous paper, the Paris Express, was bought out by the same large corporation that bought the Ledger before Mr. Schmidt decided to try and salvage the long-standing newspaper. What happened with the Ledger also happened with the Paris Express, to the extent that I had no control over what the small, local paper would contain or how the paper would look.

I knew that the community paper that had been around since 1880 would no longer serve the community in the same regard that it once had. So I made the difficult decision to resign and move on. After I left, I began teaching as an adjunct for a university. Even though I love teaching writing, composition, and communications, the newspaper world is where I feel I am at my best. I am a storyteller, and what better way to tell stories than about the people, places, and events that are the heart and soul of a community.

While serving as your editor for the Ledger, my goal is to provide each of you with beneficial stories to Mexico and the surrounding areas. Even though I am a journalist and often have to tell complex stories, my purpose is to shed light on all that Mexico offers. I want to show you what unique opportunities are available, the projects that the city and county have in the works to make the area an even better place to live and play, the events that the Chamber are hosting to provide entertainment and activities for the residents, the businesses that are supplying services and products locally for better convenience, the achievements of your children in the schools, and the outdoor amenities that are right outside your door.

I take my role as editor very seriously. I hold myself to a high standard to prove that you don't have to be a native to Mexico and Audrain County to love the people and community. All it takes is someone willing to see the benefits and opportunities and who wants to share the good with others. Thank you for allowing me to be that person to each of you.

Miranda Holman

editor@mexicoledger.com

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