Two Cents Worth – Aug 26, 2015

So you may have noticed that the Weekly is a bit bigger this week.

I’m really excited about our sports coverage, which we launch with this edition.  Since our first issue the one major thing I’ve felt our paper lacked was sports reporting.

It’s a major part of our community.  Sports give students an opportunity to show how good they can be when presented with a challenge.  It also gives them the chance to excel and obtain scholarships and help pay for higher education.  Sports also gives the community something to rally around and take pride in.

It’s easy to dismiss sports as just kids games, but I really feel its so much more than that and I’m thrilled to add it to our pages.

Now, just like the rest of our paper, our sports section will be a work in progress for a few weeks while we get used to it.  You can plan to launch a new section forever, but as the saying goes “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”  We’re getting to know the coaching staff and players and how we can best cover their efforts.

Thankfully, I was lucky enough to stumble into a really professional and great guy to trust with our sports coverage.  Nathan Pongee has thrown himself fully into his work and will strive to bring you the best coverage of OTHS athletics possible.  If you have any comments or suggestions for him, or would like to volunteer to help him out and cover a game or two yourself, drop him a line at

It seems that with each week that goes by the O’Fallon Weekly continues to get a step or two closer to what I envisioned it could be.  However, there are still areas that need to be addressed.

As you’ve no doubt seen the past few weeks, we’ve been advertising for an advertising sales representative.  Are you outgoing and personable?  Would you like to make some extra money? If so, consider sending us your resume.

We’re also looking for a freelance writer to cover the Shiloh area.  If you’re interested in attending Shiloh government meetings, Shiloh school board meetings, and finding general stories about things taking place in Shiloh, reach out and send me some writing samples.  I’d love to hear from you.

While we’re talking about changes and additions to the paper, I’d like to personally thank the four superintendents of the local school districts. We all spooke recently and they agreed to each send me a monthly column detailing items and issues taking place in their districts.  Each week, one of the four superintendents will have their column featured.  Last week, District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby wrote in, while this week we have District 203 Superintendent Dr. Darcy Benway.  I think it’s great that they’re taking time to communicate with their community about their efforts to educate the kids.

I’m really excited about how great things are progressing and I look forward to how much better they’re going to get.

But for now, play ball.