Ben Schwartz, Editor

I’d like to offer sincere thanks to former publisher Katy Bergstrom and former sports editor Paul Pack for all they accomplished at the Lexington Clipper-Herald.

Both Katy and Paul departed the paper in the last few weeks; Katy for Grand Island and Paul for the Lexington Public Schools system.

Katy’s tenure as publisher saw some things that I am very proud to have been a part of. For example, she committed to the Dawson County Hero Flight Magazines 100-percent, and those publications represent some of the finest work I’ve ever been party to. We also finished third in our class in last year’s Nebraska Press Association awards.

I truly believe those things, and many others, would not have been possible without Katy.

Paul set a very high standard in terms of the sheer number of events he covered. It’s going to be difficult for us to replicate that moving forward, but I’m happy that we will still be working with Paul from time to time.

Paul’s philosophy, as evidenced by his actions, is that every kid at every school mattered. He treated the Elwood cross-country team with the same professional respect as the Lexington football team. He used his impressive gift for photography to showcase as many area students as possible and did his best to make room for everything from pool league results to charity tournaments to adult tennis. I admire that, and I know that Lexington students are gaining a strong advocate in Paul.

With all that said, I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work with new General Manager Heather Heinemann. Heather is an ideal choice to lead the Clipper-Herald. She’s a fun, creative person who is already involved in her community and possesses that same irrepressible nature and focus that are common to all the successful people I’ve known in media. I have no doubt good things are in the offing for the paper, our readers, our advertising partners, and the communities we serve.

I’m also pleased to announce that we are welcoming Ben Arrowood to our staff on Monday. Ben is new to the newspaper business, but I’ve read examples of his writing and I think he is the real deal. Ben’s duties will primarily be sports-related, but I am also going to ask him to take on a few news responsibilities, to both improve our existing coverage and allow reporter Kevin Zelaya and me to branch out into areas of coverage I’ve wanted to get into for some time now.

We’ll be introducing Ben to members of our communities in the coming weeks, and I’d request some patience from our readership as we sort some things out in the early going. It’s a very exciting time for us here, and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring.

Thank you as always for reading.

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