Janice Hibbard started work in June, 1964, one month following graduation from Walnut Ridge High School. She is a member of the Walnut Ridge congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Her first job was typing all correspondence brought or mailed for publication in that week's edition. Along with that, she helped proofread, ran errands, answered the telephone, took messages, carried coffee from across the street at Goings Pharmacy and quite often brought Mr. Bland (J. L. Jr.) malts, the "best in the country," according to him, from that same establishment. They knew exactly how to mix it up for him.
Not only did she run errands, she also went from store-to-store getting the local news, i.e., where people went or who visited them and sometimes doing interviews and taking news photos.
As the years passed, she increased her potential to take on more responsibilities... starting with helping type statements and mailing them out at the end of each month; overseeing circulation; doing job work (setting up and laying out jobs for printing); assisting the office manager; selling advertising and finally becoming circulation manager and advertising manager.
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