I had just returned from the funeral of Boonie Monroe, a cousin from Metter, when the phone rang. The pastor had reminisced about Boonie's favorite saying, "You don't know what I know." On the other end of the call was Jim Healy, operations manager for the Statesboro Herald, who wanted to discuss the Business Tuesday section.
He shared with me that Tuesday is one of the paper's biggest single copy sales days and he attributed much of that to the Business Tuesday section.
Each week, Jan Moore knew something that we did not know and she shared it with us in a masterfully entertaining way in her "Inside Bulloch Business" column. Since Jan now has a little more demanding job as mayor of Statesboro, it is time that the gavel is passed.
I will try to continue the great work Jan started as business editor in 2004. Frankly, it is an honor to build on what she began. With her help and yours, we will continue to grow the popularity of this section. I am also fortunate to have Al Hackle, a talented, seasoned newspaper man, doing a lot of the heavy lifting, flushing out more in-depth business story ideas we present.
Here's a short synopsis of my background: I am a transplant from Claxton. Like many of you, I came to Statesboro for a college education and found a wife. Not just a wife, but a beautiful successful one. Over the past 25 years, Lori has built an internationally recognized photography business downtown on Main Street.
My introduction to business and news came at Northland Cable, under the tutelage of Lee Johnson. There I helped establish the advertising and news divisions in the 1980s. I am a paramedic and thanks to Bulloch County EMS, I have a college degree. I am enthusiastic about serving. I played a small role in founding the Averitt Center and Hearts and Hands clinic and just opened Grice Insurance downtown.
My passion is helping small business owners and individuals get access to affordable, quality healthcare. Michael and Audrey Guido were great inspirations and mentors. My grandfather, who served as an assistant to Einstein, is my hero and I am his namesake.
I love politics, southern cooking, sweet tea, a good book and a great Sunday morning sermon. My favorite time of the day is when my beautiful daughter, Edie Grace, bounces into my office after school to share her day with me.
Since I don't know what you know, I hope you will share with me your business news. If you do, then we will all keep coming back for more.
Please email DeWayne at email@example.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9463.