Connecting with old friends and new a reason to give joy

It’s become a tradition; a warm, fuzzy slice of the Hamilton County holiday pie.
The edition you are reading today is more than just the latest version of all the local news that’s fit to print. It is a giant Christmas card from the community, to the community, filled with tidings of goodwill.
It’s a feeling former publisher Butch Furse helped create years ago with the News-Register’s annual holiday edition. It’s a tradition Paula and I are pleased to carry on, and it wouldn’t be possible without a month of extra effort from our entire staff.
There are pictures of staff members from local business and industry, photos from family-owned businesses, and letters to Santa from area children that make me laugh out loud every year. We like to tell upbeat human interest stories and tales of goodwill throughout the year, but in late December it takes a whole lot of extra pages to share just a sample of the genuine holiday spirit being shared in a variety of ways.
The Christmas season has become more commercialized and changed in so many ways, but one aspect that has remained constant in my eyes is that priceless sense of connection. The older I get, the more powerful that becomes, bringing far more joy than most any gift can provide.
I look forward to this time of year for that very reason, when friends, extended family, neighbors and classmates reach out to catch up. It doesn’t matter so much if the forum involves phone calls, holiday visits and/or Christmas cards and letters. It’s all good, and the more the merrier.
This edition offers a feel-good snapshot of the people in our inner circle -- in this case all of Hamilton County.
From our family to yours, have a very, Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Kurt Johnson

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