By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Yes We Can

After spending weeks focusing on the various facets of local anniversaries, the realization occurred that the Gazette is getting closer to its own one year milestone.

Last week, Kaiser and I attended a networking event where the subject of milestones came up, and I was asked what do we plan to do for ours. We’ve already started the discussion for that and are starting to make preparations this week, though in order to not “spoil the surprise,” we’re keeping that under wraps for now. What I can say is it’s easier to plan and celebrate everyone else’s birthdays over our own.

It’s been an interesting journey starting a fledgling media empire. I don’t know if I’ll ever reach the level of a William Randolph Hearst as a publisher (though if nothing else, I wouldn’t mind my own castle), but I do enjoy telling a good story. That’s where all of this started. Well, that and the first time I ever got published in the Daily Sun way back when. It made for a unique connection, being able to talk to, speak with, people in my community.

I’ve made the comment in the past that before this is all over, I’d like to tell the story of every single person here, and I’m still committed to that. The Gazette was designed to feature everyone who is local and is out there doing some good. I’m confident our product can eventually achieve that goal.

Eventually, what I’d like to feature is a focus on my fellow one year “pandemic businesses” – The ones who decided 2020 was as good a time as any to start a new venture. If that’s a story you want to be a part of, then definitely e-mail us at – For that matter, if you have a long-standing business or organization that wasn’t included in the first two milestone story segments from earlier this month, we’re glad to go back and properly fit you into the timeline. You just have to let us know (the subject just still has to be “active” in some capacity).

Planning a “chapter break” for this site is a lot to prepare for. And I should be freed up to cover even more subjects once this fall starts. If you have a favorite story that has resonated with you over the last year, we would appreciate the feedback as we plan our own celebration. In the meantime, there’s a lot of new content yet to be written.

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