• The Herald is saying good bye to our longtime Community Editor today — Jamie Stamm. I’ve only known Jamie since I’ve been here (about 18 months), but like everybody who’s worked with her, I’ve not only come to appreciate her work ethic but her sense of humor and friendly attitude as well.
She’ll be missed, but she won’t be completely out of the picture. You can continue following Jamie online at her blog — jamiestamm.wordpress.com — and it hasn’t been confirmed, but we are planning on continuing her weekly food column (which she writes with her husband Jerry) each Wednesday.
Good luck, Jamie.
• Many people know Barry Butzer as a former football coach or Army buddy, but I knew Barry from meeting him at the Jonesboro Rotary Club, and his spirit was contagious.
Butzer, 67, was killed in a car accident in Boston Thursday, leaving behind a wife, children and grandchildren. I didn’t know him like most, but I appreciated his always-happy persona, his wit and his smile. He always had great things to say about the paper, even though he was probably just saying it to make me feel good.
My sympathies go out to his family and friends. Sanford lost a good one.