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My Views

By Mary Barczak


My name is Mary and I am the newest addition to the Pioneer News staff as of last week.

I would like to tell you a little bit about myself to go ahead and get our relationship off to a running start.

I hail from northern Kentucky, specifically Richwood, which for those of you who even have an inkling where that is, chances are you associate it with the flea market.

It’s a rather quiet little town, but full of good people and interesting stories to tell, which from my first couple of days here, I have no doubt this area will provide the same. 

I spent the first 18 years of my life there growing up with my four sisters, Elizabeth, Rachel, Sarah and Rose and our two dogs, Peanut and Midnight.

I am the oldest of the five which may be challenging at time having been the guinea pig for most things, but in the end I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

Besides spending time with my family, I also enjoy swimming and reading. I look forward to getting my Bullitt County Public Library card soon and checking out the local watering hole this summer.

After leaving home in 2008, I attended Western Kentucky University to pursue a degree in journalism. It was there that I received the core-basis for my career, working at college publication, The College Heights Herald, as a reporter for various beats and as the city editor. 

Last year I obtained my bachelor’s in journalism with a minor in English and then went to work for a daily in Richmond, Ky., The Richmond Register. 

I currently live in Radcliff with my crazy puppy, Bo, who is a beagle/lab mix. 

Chances are if I’m not working on the weekend then I’m taking him to play at the dog park.

During the time of my studies, I have worked for various publications and met a lot of wonderful people. 

But my message to you is this; no story is too big or small. 

If it’s yours, then it is important to me. 

If you see me hanging out around town say “Hello” and, if you have a story idea or two, then I would love to hear it! 

I have written about everything from to city council meetings to quilting clubs and I love it all.

I think a newspaper is what really keeps a community turning. 

So now you know a little about me and I’d like to learn a little more about you.

Please feel free to contact me at mary@pioneernews.net or at 543-2288.