Working in the media sounds like a fun job, and it is. A person gets to meet all kinds of interesting people from all walks of life. They also get to see and do things that aren’t available to others.
It comes with a price, though.
Holly Geaman Koza, of Your Hometown Stations in Lima, talked about that Saturday when she was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was one of the more touching moments of the banquet as she came to tears several times while mentioning the challenges of raising a family of twin girls and working as a journalist, something she’s done for 32 years.
News doesn’t happen on a schedule, she pointed out. It happens when it happens. That can mean working an early morning or late night shift with little notice.
“My family has always been understanding concerning the holidays worked and odd hours,” she said.
In fact the odd hours are actually normal for them. Her husband, Vince Koza, was a longtime TV sports anchor and currently is a radio broadcaster and talk show host.
Geaman joins her husband and Hometown Stations’ news director Jeff Fitzgerald in the broadcaster’s hall of fame.
“That makes it extra special,” she said.
ROSES AND THORNS: Time to hang a new sports banner in the rose garden.
Rose: The Pandora-Gilboa boys’ basketball team went from winning just three games as freshmen to making the state semifinals this year as seniors.
Rose: Lawrence and Sandra Wheeler of 651 Hazel Ave., Joseph and Ethel Payne of 613 Ontario St., and Harriet Sanders of 509 E. Third St. have been recognized by the City of Lima as the first quarter 2018 Lima Pride Home Award winners for maintaining their properties as models of exemplary maintenance.
Thorn:Richard Roby, 33, of Lima was indicted for felonious assault after he nearly bit off the finger of a Lima police officer who was called to handle a domestic dispute.
Thorn: Former Shawnee teacher Kyle Baker, 27, tried to slip a note from his cell at the Allen County jail to the 14-year-old girl with whom he was involved.
Thorn: A person who left a bag of trash outside of Lima City Hall on Thursday caused the bomb squad to be summoned to check the contents of the package.
Thorn: To Heather O’Connorof Lima. She received five years probation and ordered to pay back $42,141 she stole from the Shawnee Middle School Parent Teacher Committee and an additional $9,277 from the Little Indians Volleyball Booster Club.
PARTING SHOT: Only 550 of the 17.3 million brackets on the ESPN website predicted Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, Villanova and Kansas to make the NCAA basketball Final Four.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.