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02/25/2013 9:11 PM

02/25/2013 9:12 PM

For the past two weekends, I have had the opportunity to do one of my favorite things: represent The Sun News at community events.

On Feb. 16, I joined a hearty (and hardy) team of a dozen or so employees, spouses and offspring, plus a group of energetic and cheerful volunteers from the Socastee High School track team to pass out water and Powerade at mile marker 10 of the Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon.

OK, in the interest of full disclosure, getting up early enough to be at a water station by 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday is not, technically, one of my favorite things. But being part of that group and watching the amazing competitors go by was inspirational and not a little bit humbling.

Last Saturday I joined my TSN colleagues to do something perhaps even more daft: bowl three games as part of a Striking out Cancer, Relay for Life fund-raiser at Little River Lanes. Judging by the number of raffle prizes and participants, I think the organizers went home happy.

As for me, I hadn’t bowled since high school except for a random game about 16 years ago. Let’s just say my instincts to avoid bowling alleys were on the money. I am pretty sure I was a contender for the lowest score prize. But no matter. It was fun, and a good reminder that The Sun News’ role in the community doesn’t end with a Tweet, breaking news post or the printed page.

Coming soon ...

Regular readers know that change is a familiar theme in this column, because change is the watchword of news delivery in this century.

In keeping with that theme, will have a new, fresh look on March 5. We’re confident that once you get used to its redesign, you’ll wonder why we didn’t do it sooner.

So stay tuned. More details will be revealed as we get closer to the launch.

Meanwhile, keep reading, writing and calling. I’m happy to say I’ve gotten a few takers to my invitation last week to join us for either a 9:30 a.m. news meeting or a 3 p.m. news meeting. If you’ve been wanting to look behind the media curtain, just give me a call so we can make sure we have enough chairs.

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