Best Of The Best

  • 57°

Hello Hartselle, happy to be here

By By Nick Johnston, Hartselle Enquirer
Three years on a road that led to Oklahoma has taken me back near my hometown.
Hello Hartselle, happy to be here.
My name is Nick Johnston and I am originally from just a few miles south … Cullman.
A 1999 graduate of Cullman High School, I studied sports more than anything else. Nothing interested me unless a touchdown or grand slam was part of the fun. Perhaps that's why a career in sports journalism was a perfect fit for me.
About three years ago, while attending school at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., I picked up a part-time job at a newspaper in Dickson, Tenn.
Unfortunately, the 50-mile I-40 trek from Nashville to Dickson would nearly suck my SUV's gas tank dry. As far as my salary, it would cover my gas there and back … nothing else.
I was still in school though, so it was not like I had to depend on that job to pay bills.
But I wanted more. I wanted to be a full-time sports writer.
In February 2001, a newspaper in Durant, OK, decided to take a chance on a 19-year old kid with very little experience – me.
In the year to come, I did not disappoint The Durant Daily Democrat, especially in photography.
Like a sponge, I soaked up every ounce of knowledge I could from 80 years of combined journalism experience above me. I studied how they would develop stories like anyone else would study math or history.
As time went on I developed my own writing style and an award-winning eye for photography.
During my year with The Democrat, I married my girlfriend of two years, Autumn.
Actually we celebrated our one-year anniversary July 28th.
Unfortunately my time with The Democrat was coming to an end. Autumn was homesick, and I was getting that way too.
See HERE, B-3

Hartselle

Hartselle to be fined $1,500 for landfill fire that burned for weeks

Danville

Danville teacher faces drug charge, on paid leave for second time in 6 years

Hartselle

State health officials ‘encouraged’ by improving COVID-19 numbers

Hartselle

Morgan schools to get two more SROs

Morgan County

Good boy: Morgan County K9 aids deputies in narcotics investigations, seizures

Hartselle

Hartselle robotics teams participate in statewide competition

Hartselle

Community gathers for seventh-annual egg drop

Hartselle

Alabama’s hospitals, nursing homes urge mask usage, issue reminders on visitation

Falkville

Multiple agencies respond for water rescue

Hartselle

Chamber board considers three for election

Hartselle

Hartselle youth wins big during Junior Beef Expo

Hartselle

Vote before April 12 in the Best of the Best contest

Falkville

Falkville plans town-wide yard sale

Hartselle

HACC annual meeting, awards gala slated for May 7 

News

Priceville incurs fines over sewer issues, including allegedly hiding E. coli levels

Hartselle

William Bradford Huie Library recognizes Women of Hartselle

Hartselle

Hartselle teenager earns solo wings through Redstone Civil Air Patrol

Hartselle

‘It’s a hard knock life’

Hartselle

Downtown Glow celebrates opening with ribbon cutting  

Hartselle

Main Street encourage Hartselle growth

Hartselle

One year later

Hartselle High School

Gillespie’s clutch hit helps lift No. 6 Hartselle over No. 7 Hillcrest

News

City of Priceville breaks ground on event, recreation center

Hartselle

Burleson SPO gifted pair of sunglasses by Drake Eye Center

x