The Sun hires two to staff

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By Brandon Mattingly

The Springfield Sun has hired John Overby as the new sports/news reporter, and he began serving the community on Tuesday of this week.

Overby, a 2009 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College where he majored in media studies, has spent most of his life in Jamestown, so he said he’s familiar with a friendly, small-town environment.

“I’m really excited to be in Washington County. I love small towns and this seems like a really great, really friendly community,” Overby said. “I’m excited to become immersed in the sports scene here. I can’t wait to build a relationship with all of the coaches and players, and find out what (athletics) are all about here.”

Overby served as the sports editor and editor of the RaiderView student newspaper at Lindsey Wilson, which coincided with his time working as a sports reporter for the Adair County Community Voice.

He said his time working in Columbia should be a benefit to him here.

“Adair County is similar to Washington County from what I’ve seen,” he said. “I think that’s really going to help my transition, since I’ve already covered high school sports in a similar atmosphere.”

Another thing that Overby has been quick to notice is the history in the county.
“There’s a lot different history here than there is in Adair County,” Overby said.

“I think covering meetings and talking to local officials is going to really help me become more familiar with the history of Springfield, and what they plan on doing in the future.”

To contact John with sports tips, call (859) 336-3716, or email him at reporter@thespringfieldsun.com.


Also starting at The Springfield Sun on Tuesday was Connie Michalski, who assumes the position of news clerk/customer service representative.

Michalski is a native of Lexington, but moved to Washington County 12 years ago with her husband, John Michalski, to a farm between Springfield and Mackville.

“We love it,” Michalski said of their stay in Washington County. “Springfield is wonderful, because everybody here is so welcoming. It’s just like one big family. Whenever you get to know people, everybody is just great.”

Michalski has two children, Cassie and Anthony, as well as three grandchildren.

She said she’s held clerk positions in the past, including within the court system and as a staff assistant senior with the Lexington Police Department. Michalski sees her new position as an opportunity to get to know the county that she’s called home for 12 years even better.

“I think I can get out and get to know the community a lot better by working in town now, instead of traveling from Lexington, which is an hour drive each way,” she said.

Michalski said the job will be different than what she’s done in the past, but that it will be a welcome change.

“I’m very excited about working here,” she said. “It’s going to be different from what I’ve gotten used to doing for so many years, but that will be great because I’ll be introduced to the community.”

To contact Connie call (859) 336-3716.