I remember when I first came to Fort Payne about two years ago — I’ve actually been talking about this all day because of the Fort Payne Career Fair, so it’s fresh on my mind — and I just didn’t know how I was going to be able to make a switch from a three-day-a-week paper to a daily newspaper.

It was daunting at first. I knew how much was involved in producing a newspaper, and doing that three days was hard enough. There was so much planning involved, and how were you ever supposed to get all of the stuff we have to do done before deadline?

It was a transition for me, but it was one that turned me into a better and more efficient writer. It sharpened my skills, and it was eventually what made me want to be your managing editor.

The paper is transitioning once again, and we’re moving toward that three-day print model — like our sister paper in Albertville, The Sand Mountain Reporter, which was where I got my start.

So, while people might look at that as us losing two days, I feel like there’s so much more you are gaining in its place. We will now be able to report more in-depth, full stories. We have more opportunities to expand on issues and cover multiple angles — and there will be more space, too.

This is a community that has changed a lot in the past few years, and there will be a lot of changes in the months to come, but the Times-Journal will be with you along the way.

We will still offer you the print publication three days a week, but we definitely won’t be taking those other days off. We will still bring you news daily, and we’ll be writing stories and putting them online. We’re also going to make our DeKalb Living magazine monthly, which means you’re going to get all kinds of interesting and unique stories.

We actually think this will allow us to be even more involved in our community and be even more present in the community.

The Times-Journal has been here for more than 139 years. We are DeKalb County’s oldest newspaper, and we want to do everything we can to make sure we are here for another 139 years.

My writing staff is excited about this change. We’ve already got so many new ideas in the works, and I can’t wait to watch this grow and for you to grow along with us.

We hope you’ll continue to read and love the Times-Journal and DeKalb Living.

 TO BE THE MAN, YOU’VE GOT TO BEAT THE MAN

I talked about my experience with the rivalry between Auburn and Georgia in my previous column, and I told you all I was going to go to the game, and I was hoping to bring them good luck.

Now, I’m not going to say it was mine and my father’s presence that made Auburn play better, but Auburn played its best game of the season — you have to in order to beat the elite college football programs.

I’m a die hard Auburn fan, and I love sports in general — I came here to become sports editor in December 2015 because I knew just how fun it would be — but there’s nothing quite like a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

I haven’t experienced an environment like that since 2013 when I watched Auburn beat UGA, and then eventually Alabama, both in dramatic fashion.

I’ve been theorizing with friends and families for days about the possible scenarios that get the Tigers into the championship. But, I know that in order to get there, we’ve got to show up in two weeks to beat No. 1 again. I may just have to go to that game, too.

Managing Editor Bradley Roberts’ column appears Wednesdays.

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