CrossRoadsNews owners Jennifer and Curtis Parker were recognized for their more than 24 years of service to DeKalb County on Nov. 13.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday “CrossRoadsNews Online Day in DeKalb County,” and called the news organization “a part of the cement that stabilizes the foundation of our local government and community.”
Super District 6 Commissioner Kathy Gannon who sponsored the proclamation, praised CrossRoadsNews for its more than 24 years of covering the community and publishing a weekly newspaper that reached more than 148,000 readers in print and online when it ceased its print edition on Aug. 18 and became a digital-only publication.
“It’s an honor today to recognize the impact that CrossRoadsNews makes in our community,” Gannon said. “We celebrate their decades of service through the printed periodical and look forward to many more years of the electronic publication.”
Gannon said her son did one of his first journalism internships with CrossRoadsNews, said that he too is now working in dot com industry.
“That is where it is going apparently with all the young uns,” she said. “CrossRoadsNews is leading the pack.”
District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson said that she met the Parkers n 2000 when her husband, US Rep. Hank Johnson, first ran for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. Over the years she said the newspaper became an invaluable source of information.
“When I wanted to find out what was happening in South DeKalb County, I went directly to CrossRoadsNews knowing it would be comprehensive and accurate,” she said. “We miss the paper, but we still have them and we have crossroadsnews.com.”
Johnson said she wanted to salute the Parkers for their friendship, their entrepreneurship, and their community involvement.
“I commend them on their paper and encourage everyone to support them on dot com,” she said. “They are community based and very on top of the news in the community.”
The Proclamation read in part:
“Whereas, We comment Jennifer and Curtis Parker for their unwavering commitment to using mass media as a shaper of society. Providing newspaper readers the coverage that for decades, our community continues to count on; and
“Whereas, We, as a community thank Jennifer and Curtis Parker for their on wavering commitment to using mass media as a shaper of society, providing newspaper readers the coverage, that for decades, our community continues to count on; and
“Whereas, We as a community thank Jennifer and Curtis Parker for their ongoing courage and determination to be catalysts for change…and this distinguishes CrossRoadsNews as a part of the cement that stabilizes the foundation of our local government and community; and
“Now therefore, I, Commissioner Kathie Gannon, along with the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Commissioners, on behalf of DeKalb County and its more than 700,000 citizens, do hereby proclaim November 13, 2018 as ‘CrossRoadsNews On-line Day’ in DeKalb County, and encourage each person with computer access to visit crossroadsnews.com;
“And as the Editor John Green once quoted: ‘In the end, what makes a newspaper valuable is not the paper it’s printed on, but the thousands of hours of work by people who are dedicated to creating the best possible reading experience for you.’
“We thank the Parkers and CrossRoadsNews for continuing to inspire the vision of what is possible and what should be,” Gannon said.