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An introduction to the Corridor

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Column by Jim Clark

By Jim Clark

All right, here I am, the “new” editor of the South Marion Citizen. I just came here from the Chiefland Citizen, so at least I don’t have to change the way I answer the phone.

Let’s get the important things out of the way first: There’s not too much about me that is “new.”

1. I’ve been married for 44 years, and my wife and I have four grown children and 10 grandchildren, ranging in age from a few months to early teens.

2. I’m 65 years old, so I’m very much aware of the issues facing my generation, both physical and financial.

3. I’m a transplant from northern New Jersey, proud of my upbringing and grateful for the education my parents provided for me, particularly by letting me graduate from Bergen Catholic High School. But despite being a transplant, I moved to Florida in 1968, and I’ve been visiting the Ocala area for many years. I can pretty much guarantee most of you that the houses you are in and the streets you are driving on barely existed in those first years I came here.

4. Although I’m with a different newspaper, I’ve been with this company for more than five years, so I know that it stands for good community newspapers all through the area.

5. Finally, I’m a New York Mets fan (why do I always feel I have to apologize for that?). Baseball is my sports passion, whether it’s the pros or Little League. I coached for years, until my work started to interfere because of the hours.

So here I am, and I’m all yours. I want to get to know you and your communities (I live on the east side of Ocala, in a townhouse once owned by my late parents).

Most of all, I want to print your news. We seem to have a bunch of dedicated columnists here, but we can always use more, especially if you’re from one of those areas that doesn’t seem to be represented in the columns. If you have any writing ability, are computer savvy enough to type up a column and e-mail it, and are accessible to most of your neighbors, we want you to volunteer to give your development the coverage it deserves.

Understand we’re not looking for political columns or things like that … we want stories about the activities and people in your community.

And we want photos. In this digital age, everyone can take good pictures (even me!). Just please remember that when you send us a picture of someone, we want to name everyone in the picture, from left to right, so please get identification. We will run the photos, of course, as space permits … no promises.

By the way, one little bit of computer housekeeping. Some of you may be using an old e-mail address to an Earthlink account. That address is eventually going to go away, so please use the new address listed below. Thanks.

Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at editor@smcitizen.com or at 854-3986.