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On the road again, for about 10 feet

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Column by Jim Clark

At one time or another, I realize all of you probably moved. I doubt if there are too many of you who have spent a lifetime out here on the Corridor … for one thing, much of this Corridor wasn’t here when a lot of us were born.
You all know what a pain moving can be. There’s figuring out what to take, what to sell, what to give away, what to keep and what to pack.
Most of the time, when you’re moving, you don’t have weekly deadlines to worry about. You sit there and go through stuff and make sure you’re ready when the appointed time comes.
But what if you had to move your business, and keep operating as you went along. That presents some challenges.
And it’s happening to us.
The office of the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger is moving, come Oct. 28. It’s not a move that will stress you out if you’re trying to find us. We’re only moving next door, one office to the east, from Suite 104 to Suite 103.
But in some ways that doesn’t matter. We still have to keep putting out newspapers while were getting ready, and then if all goes well on the 28th, we’ll close the office, have our phone and computer lines and electric all connected, and be ready to go to work Monday (or over the weekend).
However, all of our “stuff” has to be moved. That involves files, desks, chairs, cabinets, computers, fax, printers and the lot.
One big thing we’re requesting is going to be early deadlines for news stories. If you want something in the West Marion Messenger on Nov. 2, it must be here on Thursday, Oct. 27, just in case we have to work on it early. That includes columns, stories, photos, etc.
If you want something in the South Marion Citizen of Nov. 4, we’re asking that you e-mail it no later than Saturday, Oct. 29. And it’s important that items be e-mailed. You know what goes on when you move, so bringing us something that has to be kept physically, instead of cyberspace, is risky that weekend.
Of course, we have to keep covering the news that weekend, which happens to feature a bunch of Halloween events. We’ll try not to delay pictures from those happenings, but we’ll have to see how things go.
We’ll be running little reminders in the papers this week and the next two weeks, but please keep those deadlines in mind … and please be patient with us.
Hopefully, we’ll get back to normal as soon as possible.
Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at editor@smcitizen.com  or at 352-854-3986.