Back home again

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By Corey Woolsey

Allow me to introduce myself, again. I am Corey Woolsey, the new editor here at the Mount Vernon Democrat. If the name looks familiar, I was editor here in 2015 and 2016.

In the summer of 2016, I made my way to a small town near St. Louis, excited to spread my wings and face a new challenge. I took over as editor of a weekly newspaper there and began a new life. My days were spent working most days, with a short drive to St. Louis on many evenings to explore the city and enjoy my free time.

From Broadway shows at the Fabulous Fox Theatre to my first NHL game at the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium, I made the most of the city.

Many nights were spent walking around the Delmar Loop, visiting the many unique shops and bars in the area.
But things changed for me at Christmas.

I brought my family back to Mount Vernon for the holidays, where I was informed that my mother had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

She was always a single mother, and as her only child I felt I needed to find my way back to town to help her.
I met some amazing people during my time in the St. Louis Metro East area, but it was time for me to come home and take care of family.

Since I was back in town, when I found out that Jamie Grabert was moving to a new career in Cincinnati, I looked forward to the potential opportunity to return here to the Democrat, and thankfully I have.

I began my journalism career here in 2009, as a part-time writer covering Posey County government.
Eventually, I was given the ability to cover more events and even sports, which helped me learn on the job.
I take a lot of pride in this newspaper, and want it to be the best it can be.

It is my goal to tell the stories of the people of Mount Vernon and Posey County, as well as those of people who come in from outside and have an impact on our communities.

This week I have a story about Kaveh Akbar, an Iranian-born poet who is now in residence in New Harmony. Akbar has been all around the world, and is now bringing his gift to our county. I think sometimes we take for granted the amazing things going on in Posey County. I hope we can bring you the stories you may have missed.
I also look forward to talking with you, the members of our fine community about the issues that concerns you and your families.

While I enjoyed my time spent in St. Louis, I always missed our little corner of Indiana.

I am happy to be back home in Mount Vernon, caring for my mother who is progressing well, and I am happy to be back home at the Mount Vernon Democrat.