This is an exciting time here at the Gazette as we publish two glossy publications this week that we think you will want to keep.
Inside today’s paper you’ll find the 24-page glossy Winter Sports Preview. Now that football is almost over, we’ve turned our attention to basketball, soccer and the cheerleading squads are New Albany High School, the East Union, Ingomar, Myrtle and West Union attendance centers in Union County, and Hickory Flat.
Donica Phifer, our sports editor, shuttles between the schools getting pictures and doing preview stories on all the teams, and puts them together in a magazine-style section that has been a big hit with athletes, their parents and relatives. Let us know if you need an extra copy or two.
In three glossy keepsake sports sections a year, we include all of the high school sports in which our children participate, and we’ve gotten strong support from local businesses for the idea. We hope you will thank the participating advertisers for making them possible.
Coming in the paper Friday is the fall/winter issue of New Albany Magazine. We’re starting our third year of publishing this 84-page magazine that has become a winner, both with you and with our peers in state and national magazine competitions.
We’ve got a challenge for you right on the bright green-and-red holiday cover. We bet you can’t figure out what we’ve photographed without looking inside. Let me know if I’m wrong.
Inside there’s a lot of focus on food. First, staff writer Angie Barmer got six local homemakers to share their recipes for favorite holiday treats, and she photographed the mouth-watering results.
If you’re not a cook, you’ll want to try Gazette Managing Editor David Johnson’s picks of favorite local restaurant sandwiches. Called “Burgers and Beyond,” his photos and stories made me hungry.
We went in search of what we call “cheer leaders” at our area schools. No, we’re not talking about the girls in their uniforms. They’re important, but we wanted to recognize some fans who are there at the high school basketball games year-after-year. We asked the schools for some names, and we asked each of them a few questions about their many years of support.
Doyle Caviness, local photographer and writer, tours the antique-filled cottage-style home of Lee and Mark Buskirk on New Albany’s east side.
My wife, Jenny, gets credit for the idea for our weekend getaway and day-trip stories. Why not do the two Savannahs, Georgia and Tennessee? she asked.
Why not? Shawndra Russell, a Savannah, Ga., based writer who does work for Forbes Travel Guides, planned a three-day getaway to her city for you, and Doyle Caviness spent time writing and photographing nearby Savannah, Tenn.
And, at the back of the magazine are 17 pages of Angie Barmer’s popular snapshots of people at area events.
We hope you enjoy reading, and keeping, our magazines as much as we enjoy doing them for you.
T. Wayne Mitchell, Gazette publisher, can be reached at 662-534-6321.