This is the last edition of the Branson Tri-Lakes News for 2018. It’s been a great year in a lot of ways, and – being that this is the news business – a tragic year, too.

This is the year that will always be most remembered for the duck boat tragedy in which 17 people drowned in Table Rock Lake on July 19. But I’m not going to focus on that, and I’m not going to itemize our big stories of the year. Here, I want to take a moment to reflect on 2018 at the newspaper.

A newspaper requires hard work from a number of individuals. As the managing editor, I’m lucky to have a staff of hard-working reporters. If you read the paper, you know their names. (We have a new reporter starting next week, but information is for next week) But the five of us in the newsroom are just a small portion of those who make the newspaper happen, and you probably don’t know many of their names.

We have people who sell ads, who design ads, who deal with legals and classifieds, who type the legals and classifieds, who handle payroll. There is someone who answers the phones and greets customers who come into the office. Somebody runs the office, somebody manages the finances, and we have somebody who responds when a computer isn’t functioning properly.

Then there are those in the back half of the building who print the newspaper, and they accomplish this while they also do print jobs for many other customers. 

Finally, we have drivers who deliver the paper to racks all over the Tri-Lakes Area, and to post offices to be mailed to subscribers.

At the head of all of this is our publisher, Rex Maynor, who joined us this year and, somehow, fit in like he’s always been here. If you haven’t met him yet, you really should.

He, and everyone else at the newspaper deserve a big thank you from me for making this publication, which has been in business for more than 100 years, possible for you, the readers.

And that brings me to the most important people of all: Those of you who are reading this right now. It goes without saying that we would not have a newspaper if there weren’t people willing to read it, buy it and patronize the businesses that advertise with us. So to all our readers, thank you for a great 2018. I look forward to seeing what 2019 brings.

One final note: I could not possibly have mentioned every duty and job within this newspaper. There isn’t enough space for that, and I, probably, don’t know every detail of this company. 

If I left anything out, I appreciate your contribution.

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