By Kerri Rempp

After nearly two decades in the weekly newspaper business, there’s one thing I know: community newspapers are beloved.

After all, where else can you find out about who died, got married, how the local sports teams did and keep track of your city, county and school government all at the same time?

I love community journalism, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s a lot of nights, weekends and holidays to make sure readers are up to date on all the happenings in their community. In spite of the irregular hours, and sometimes a lack of sleep, I have a passion for this job that goes beyond punching a clock. I’m employed by a company, but I WORK for the communities I serve.

A good community newspaper throws its weight behind good causes, holds public officials accountable and reports on a community’s most positive and negative aspects in equal and fair measure.

There’s been some changes here at the Hot Springs Star, and while change is often difficult, it’s also inevitable. With the unexpected changes, it took us a couple of weeks to get our feet under us, and we’re still working on ensuring that a quality, dedicated staff is in place full time.

It’s my goal that the staff we eventually hire to run the day-to-day operations of the Star will be just as passionate about community journalism as I am and will soon be an integral part of the community.

The staff at The Chadron Record is committed to doing the best we can for the Hot Springs Star in the coming weeks while we hire and train new staff for the Hot Springs office.

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Any one who has questions can stop by the Star office and visit with our new office manager, Sara, who has the office open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day (those hours will return to normal when we are fully staffed again). Or feel free to give us a call at The Chadron Record at 308-432-5511 with news items or advertising needs. You can also email me at kerri.rempp@lee.net with information you’d like included in each week’s edition.

There have been plenty of questions about the future of the Star. What that proves to me is that this paper, like the other weeklies I have spent time at, is beloved by its community. The passion I have for this work has been reflected in comments from many of our readers, concerned over the paper’s future and in the relief I hear when we have assured them that the Star isn’t going away.

With a bit of patience, and a willingness to run headlong into the future, our united passions will make sure Hot Springs has quality journalism for years to come.

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