Carpenter survives milestone
The Macon County News would like to recognize and congratulate Vickie Carpenter for her 10 years of service to the newspaper.
Vickie started working for the newspaper in August 2001 as a part-time sports photographer. “I have always loved photography and was happy to have the opportunity to cover the sports in Franklin,” said Vickie.
According to Vickie, one of the coolest things she has been able to do while working for MCN, came in 2001 when she was able to follow Franklin High’s baseball team all the way to Raleigh for the State Championship. “I was able to be on the field taking pictures during the game. It was really neat!” she shared.
Throughout the years Vickie’s role at Macon County News has evolved. What began as a part-time photography gig, turned into a full-time secretary and Classifieds Manager position, among other things. Vickie is involved in many aspects of the business of the newspaper. She answers the phones, greets people who come into the office, coordinates the classified ads, helps update records for the billing, and assists with just about anything else that comes up. Regardless of what needs to be done, whenever anyone needs anything, Vickie steps up to the plate.
“I enjoy being up front and talking to everyone who comes in,” said Vickie. “I really like people,” she said.
Although her job description has grown tremendously over the years, photography remains her favorite thing to do at the newspaper. Vickie’s photos can be seen inside the pages of almost every issue of the newspaper. Her photographs can also be seen hanging on the walls of Franklin’s Fatz Cafe, and were even put in the town’s centennial time capsule.
“Vickie is always a cheerful greeter to all of our customers. She is always ready to help whenever she is needed,” said Betsey Gooder, Publisher of the Macon County News. “She is a valuable employee and we appreciate her and her work ethic.”
Betsey said that she’s seen a lot of employees come and go over the years, but Vickie has been one of the most helpful, both professionally and on a personal level, such as when her husband Gary passed away in 2005. “Thank you Vickie for your loyal support over these past 10 years,” said Betsey.
When Vickie pointed out that she had been with the business for nearly 10 years, Editor Colin Gooder was surprised. “The first thing I thought was, Where does the time go?,” said Gooder. “But then I thought about everything that we’ve seen and experienced over the years, and Vickie was there for much of it.”
“I wasn’t sure whether to congratulate her or send my condolences,” said Gooder, joking. “Maybe even a ‘get well’ card,” he laughed.
“But seriously, this is a tough business sometimes, and we’ve all had to work long hours and sacrifice time away from our families to make the deadline and get the newspaper out for the public every week,” said Gooder. “But Vickie — and most of the staff — understands what it takes, and is incredibly dedicated to the job.” Gooder said that as far as he is concerned, the success of the newspaper is due to the combined efforts of individual employees like Vickie.
Yet it’s not all work and no play, said Gooder. “We’ve all been working together so long now that we can joke around and have a good time,” said Gooder. “We’ve become good friends over the years,” he said. “Vickie’s like another big sister to me. After someone has been with us as long as she has, we’ve been through all the personality clashes and problems.” Then you get to know and trust each other and you know you can count on them if you ever need them, he explained. “They get to be ... well, like family,” said Gooder.