A few weeks ago, I celebrated my tenth anniversary as editor, and discussed the many changes I've seen in the News during that decade. I noted that we had made a physical move nine years ago into our current location, and was relieved there had only been one move.
Now there will be another.
By month's end, we will leave our location here at 110 Live Oak and move down the street to the south. We will be moving into the little rock house on the south side of Grosse's, most recently the office of Tim and Helen Dockal through Frosty Miller Ranch Real Estate.
I got the final news this morning, and already my head is swimming with the many details needing tending to before our move. Phones need to be moved. The new office needs to be wired for an office network. The internet connection will need to be moved. We need to notify vendors that our delivery address will change.
And then there's the physical move.
Four computer stations, six desks, six phones, numerous bookshelves and storage cabinets, tables, copiers, printers, furniture.... Logistically, it is not as challenging as when we moved out of the double wide building now housing The Petal Patch. We had to condense 40 years of "stuff" into a building half the size; but, we only had to move a few yards to the north. This time, though it's not that far away and the square feet are about the same, it's going to be a bit more "interesting."
Some of our equipment will not fit through a single door, and the new location doesn't have double doors. Our current office is open with no divisions, the new office is split into four distinct rooms.
After nine years in this location, there are still people who are surprised to discover that we have moved. I'm hoping we don't confuse them with yet another move. I'm hoping I don't confuse myself. Several times after the initial move, I would walk to the wrong door and start in to the building, only to catch myself at the last moment. Schooley's was there at that point, and they found great humor in my disorientation.
I don't know who'll take our place on the square as we move into another. There are already several vacancies around town, and I don't like the message it sends to visitors when they look around our town, so I hope someone fills up the space quickly.
But, over the course of the next few weeks, don't be surprised as you see us moving items down the sidewalk into our new home. Scott and Manny have been extremely gracious and helpful, and we look forward to having them as our new neighbors. According to Tim and Helen, they are wonderful landlords and great neighbors.... so, I'm not too worried.
But, as for the staff, you may have to give us a bit of patience as we make the adjustments.
Our new office manager, Gayle Smart, is fine with the move, as she's only been in this spot a few weeks. Tom Kent will be the first in the new digs, as we'll be moving his equipment and supplies first. Donna Nelson and I will be the hardest hit, as we have to try and maintain consistency, while putting together the football supplement, and keeping the paper going at the same time.
And then there's Christina Gonzales! This is Christina's final paper. She is leaving us to go to nursing school. She won't have to worry about the move, as she'll have plenty of other concerns to keep her busy.
We wish her only the very best, and thank her for the time she spent with us here at the News. I know she will be a great nurse, and she will be missed here a great deal. We love you Christina!!!!!
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