My daughter got a little weepy the other night when the realities of moving started to weigh upon her 10-year-old mind.
Naturally, she was worried about leaving behind her friends and imagining a future summer when she would not be part of the gang hanging out at the Montclair pool. I worry a little about that, too.
Part of taking on this new job as the publisher of the Columbia County News-Times was an agreement that I would relocate my family to Columbia County. I was a hard negotiator on that point. I think my exact words were, “Please don’t throw me into that briar patch,” or something to that effect.
I’ve enjoyed living in Richmond County, but leaving is an easy decision for me.
I believe that as publisher, it is my responsibility to be an active member of the community. My interests need to be aligned with yours. I also believe people want, need and deserve a newspaper that watches out for their best interests and advocates for the kind of place we all want to live in. I’m eager to be involved in that enterprise.
As it is, we live less than a mile from the county line and traverse that boundary on a daily basis. Some friends have said there should be some sort of proximity waiver or honorary county residency that applies, but I’m fairly sure that isn’t an option, and I’ve decided against asking Ron Cross to annex my residence, as one optimistic neighbor has suggested.
No, a moving truck is destined for our driveway at some point in the near future. We just have to find a new home and sell the one we have lived in for almost a decade. It’s really the only house my daughter has ever known, so I can understand why she is a little sad about the prospect.
But being a good father, I have done my best to ease her worries and pointing out the obvious – that at least half of her girlfriends already live in Columbia County and they seem to be doing fine.
Now I have something I’m certain will reassure her, NerdWallet.
Yes, NerdWallet, which is apparently a “consumer friendly financial literacy website,” recently released a report ranking both Martinez and Evans in the top 10 “best towns in Georgia for young families.”
Evans tops NerdWallet’s list and Martinez comes in at a solid eighth. The list was compiled by the San Francisco-based company by analyzing cities across Georgia according to five criteria: ratings of public schools, average home value, cost of homeownership, average income and economic growth.
Though I’m happy that these folks from San Francisco have caught on, I can’t really categorize their analysis as news. I think “news” generally has something to do with telling people things they don’t already know.
This report is something akin to revealing that Pam Tucker occasionally looks at the weather radar.
No, I think everyone around knows that Columbia County is great place to live. I’m happy to say that soon, I’ll be among those who have long ago figured that out. My daughter is a smart little girl. It won’t take her long to catch on as well.