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Celebrating a decade in the editor’s chair
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 01. 2014 11:07AM
Next month, I will have sat in the editor’s chair here at the Brandon Valley Challenger for a full decade.

Yep, that’s right – 10 years of me informing you of the happenings, of the people, of the weekly sports scene and more in the Brandon-Valley Springs coverage area.

As I look back over the last decade, I, like many of you, have witnessed amazing growth – in our population, in our business community an various recreational offerings. I’ve taken thousands of photos of our local athletes, of the various community celebrations and annual gatherings, such as the Pigskin Classic, Hometown Days in Brandon and Booster Days in Valley Springs, our Loyalty Day celebration and the like.

I’ve shaken hands with celebrities that have graced our fair city. Remember when Hillary Clinton was squaring off against Barack Obama for the Democrat’s backing for president? Right smack in the middle of our local Sunshine Foods produce department – with carrots and peppers and cucumbers serving as the backdrop – she told us why she was the better choice of the two candidates. Despite political affiliation, I’ve always admired the strong woman that Hillary Clinton is. It certainly takes a strong woman to face the world head on following the scandalous actions of her husband, then-President Bill Clinton.

Hillary’s campaign visit to Brandon took place on May 23, 2008. While the actual date is not engrained in my mind, one photo of Hillary remains on the disk on my camera, which records the date and time the photo was snapped.

Just last week, I stood toe to toe with 6-foot-11 Christian Laettner, who made his name known in the college and NBA ranks. Now, while I’d rather be on the picture-taking side of the camera, this was one occasion that I wished someone had snapped a picture of me.

As I said, Laettner’s long frame stretches nearly 7 feet, while my much-shorter frame measures a whopping 5-foot-4. Thanks to modern-day technology, I captured Laettner’s interview via the audio record available on my cell phone. As I interviewed the skyscraper of a man, there I stood with my phone in hand and arm outstretched as far as it could possibly reach.

I imagine it’s the same kind of feeling a kid has when they’re just not quite tall enough to reach the cookie jar!
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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