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FERRIS - The Ellis County Press News Editor Sherry Long is moving up north to a daily newspaper.

She was scheduled to begin working as a general assignment reporter at the Times-Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. on Monday, Feb. 12.

The Times-Leader is a seven-day a week paper located in northeastern Pennsylvania with a circulation of 45,000.

Long's last day at the ECP will be Friday, Feb. 2.

While she said she was excited about the new opportunities awaiting her, Long admitted it would be hard to leave behind the great friends she's made while covering all of Ellis County.

'While I have definitely covered some colorful characters in my time at the ECP, I have also met some truly remarkable individuals striving to make the world a better place to live,' Long said.

'But that's what makes this job great. No assignment is the same from day to day.'

During her career at the ECP, Long covered the high profile murder trial of cop-killer Kenneth Sprouse, the document inspection tampering case of former Ferris Councilman Victor Burnett and retaliation attempts made against Burnett for speaking out on several issues.

She also regularly informed the public of how decisions at County Commissioners meetings, local school boards and city councils would affect their daily lives.

'I have been blessed to work at such a great paper under the leadership of truly gifted publishers which helped me improve my writing, interviewing and editing skills,' Long said. 'When I first started at The Press in 2003 I was very green. I had a lot to learn.'

Long left The Press in September 2004 to work for the Henderson Daily News in East Texas.

After being laid off by the HDN in January 2006, ECP Publisher Sheila Hatfield rehired Long as a news reporter.

Long was named as news editor in April, after which, she began training and assigning news stories to free-lancers. 'All of us will really miss Sherry,' said Hatfield.

'Sherry never tires - she's a workhorse and even though she approaches every story with compassion and fairness, she's not afraid to tackle the hard stuff.'

'She is quite unique and although we will name another for her position next week, it will take some getting-use-to without her in the office.'

Long graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in December 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Radio-TV-Journalism.

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