It’s pretty hard to pin down small-town newspaper people these days. We’re running in a lot of directions.


Take for instance those of us who work at the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times — on the news side that’s basically myself, our news assistant Wynne Landgraf and our sports guy, Joe Randleman. With the help of a few really great contributing writers, who write when they can, we are covering 14 communities and five school districts and countless sports teams, while putting out two newspapers every week. It’s no small task, but it’s definitely a labor of love.


That makes what is happening at my house — right across from the Nevada High School football field — this Friday a pretty unique event!


This Friday, when Nevada meets up with North Polk (two of the schools we cover in our two newspapers) for its homecoming football game, myself, Joe and one of our frequent contributing writers, Lynn Marr-Moore, are going to have a little pre-game party outside at my house.


The event actually starts earlier in the day, noon to be exact, with a garage sale, make-up line demonstration and clothing party (where they will be sure to have makeup and clothes in both Nevada and North Polk school colors for those who are interested). Then, around 5:30 that evening, before the big varsity game, Joe, Lynn and I are going to be available to visit with our readers and football fans from both schools about the season, about what we’re writing about in the papers, about issues that the communities might think we need to cover, etc.


It’s a chance for those of you who’d like to say “hi” to easily find us and say “hi!” Since we no longer have an office in Nevada, and mainly work from our homes, this is a chance to pin three of us down in one location and interact with us! You’ll find us right across the street to the south of the football field along H Avenue.


Also, as part of our gathering, we will have a pickup truck out front where we will be doing a can drive for Charlie’s Angels, Lynn Marr-Moore’s fundraising group for cystic fibrosis. Many of you have kept up with her fundraising efforts through our papers, and this is a great opportunity for you to throw in some cans to support her cause.


The only thing that can ruin this event would be rain. If it’s rainy, we will likely cancel. But if it’s not raining, we hope many will stop by between 5:30 and 7 p.m. (before you head into the big game) to visit with us. If nothing else, it’s great for us to simply meet people who read our products and touch base with the local community.


For residents who don’t want to get into the rush of traffic before the game, remember that we will be out, starting at noon, to collect cans and show off all the other stuff that we will have for sale, and Lynn Marr-Moore and myself will be there all day to talk with you about story ideas and anything else.


I’m also hoping, that for those in Nevada, I can “maybe” have the entry forms ready, or at least information ready, about the Nevada Journal’s upcoming Downtown Trick-or-Treat NO-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Contest, so you can start preparing what you want to enter. I believe there are several local businesses, and definitely the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, that are going to work with us to bring that fun event to this year’s Halloween festivities!


Hope to see you Friday!


Marlys Barker is editor of the Nevada Journal and the Tri-County Times. She can be reached at mbarker@nevadaiowajournal.com.