Michelle Dillon joins paper staff

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Originally from Houston, Michelle Dillon has lived in small country towns for more than two decades. When choosing between city and country life, Dillon said she much prefers community and quiet to the traffic and large crowds.

“I prefer the small towns,” Dillon said. “There’s a greater sense of community.”

Dillon is taking over the news desk at the Tri County Leader from her daughter, Patricia Dillon, who will be moving to Houston. Dillon has lived in Jacksonville with her husband for the last two years and hopes to retire there.

An avid reader, Dillon got her start in journalism in 2013 covering football games for the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune. When she moved to Jacksonville two years later she continued going to Friday night games and writing stories for the Jacksonville Daily Progress. She accepted the position at the Tri County Leader to continue her love of reading and writing.

“The opportunity presented itself, and I have always loved writing as well as reading,” Dillon said.

In addition to those, her other hobbies include working on puzzles, completing Sudoku each week and crocheting.

Dillon has always been involved in whatever community she lives, and now Whitehouse and Troup are on her list. She currently is an active member of East Side Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where her husband is the pastor. In prior years, Dillon has been involved in Toastmasters International clubs. Toastmasters is “a non-profit organization with clubs in many countries around the world which provide training and opportunity to practice public speaking and leadership skills,” Dillon said.

Dillon wishes to get to know the residents of Whitehouse and Troup. She hopes to develop relationships over the next few years with community members and the Tri County Leader readership.

“I’d like to develop relationships with people within the community and continue to provide accurate information on issues pertaining to their lives,” Dillon said.

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