It is a joy to have this opportunity to continue the legacy of The Connection. Former Editor Mrs. Ruby has been a dear friend for many years, dating back to when I first began to repair computers. She trusted a young guy to fiddle with her computer that contained all the information needed to continue producing this publication. Mrs. Ruby shared with me a ton of information over the years about The Connection, and I have tried to soak up every bit I could. Her wisdom is what made this local paper what it is today, and it is our goal to continue producing a quality and informative newspaper for the folks of South Mobile County just as Mrs. Ruby did for more than a decade.
I was born in South Mobile County and raised for most of my life here so I have a deep love for this community. In grade school I attended Dixon Elementary School with the great Martha Peek as principal, a role model who I still have much respect and love for today. Then I attended Alba Middle School and then Alba High School, and then moved to Alma Bryant when it was built in 1998 where I graduated in 2001. I had stints at the University of Mobile and Harvard on the Coast (MGCCC), and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Education and History in December 2008. In 2012 I finished my master’s degree at Liberty University. Hopefully the many, many years of schooling will help cut down on the mistakes in this newspaper, but probably will not thwart them all so I apologize up front for those. After finishing at South Alabama I had the great opportunity to pour into the lives of teenagers and their families as a youth pastor at Friendship Baptist Church. For more than seven years, the Lord had me there, and it was some of the best years of my life because of the impact I could see being made in the community as well as the students’ lives.
After 33 years, I’m proud to still call South Mobile County home. I live in Grand Bay with my wife, Nicole, and our two boys, Truett, 4, and Tag, 2. I cannot wait to see what the Lord will do through our team as we continue to connect to this great community. We will be working very hard to keep you informed on the happenings in South Mobile County, but we need your help to ensure our community stays up-to-date on the latest news! If you have any story ideas, news you’d like to share, or simply would like to tell us how we’re doing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text me at (251) 210-7081. I look forward to hearing from you!
The Connection Editor & Chief