Progress editor Melinda Krick will be stepping down as editor on Friday after 21-1/2 years. Here, she sits atop the bound volumes of newspapers encompassing her work, which includes nearly 1,125 weekly editions, scores of special sections and 20 volumes of Visions. She also has posted the majority of the paper’s online stories and social media items. Jennifer Dempsey/Paulding County Progress
Progress editor Melinda Krick will be stepping down as editor on Friday after 21-1/2 years. Here, she sits atop the bound volumes of newspapers encompassing her work, which includes nearly 1,125 weekly editions, scores of special sections and 20 volumes of Visions. She also has posted the majority of the paper’s online stories and social media items. Jennifer Dempsey/Paulding County Progress
By JENNIFER DEMPSEY

Progress Staff Writer

The Progress you are reading this week s the last paper published with Melinda Krick as editor. She has decided to step down as editor in order to spend more time with her family.

Melinda has been leading the editorial department as editor at the Paulding Progress for the past 21 1/2 years.

Her career with the Progress started in college as a correspondent. She also worked at the Crescent News for five years as a general assignment reporter and filled in for the area editor.

After leaving the Crescent News, she joined the Progress again as a correspondent and later was promoted to editor.

Her favorite part about being editor at the Progress is the people she works with. “We are like a family. Everyone gets along so well and supports each other,” said Krick.

“No two days are ever the same here and you get to met a lot of great people.”

Melinda has made numerous amazing contributions to our paper and our community. The Visions publication is entirely her creation and after 20 issues is still a favorite of people all over northwest Ohio. She has chronicled much of Paulding county history and famous Paulding residents; some of which have no other biographical information published. Melinda is a lover of history and that passion is apparent in her work. Her history skills are being funneled now into helping with the Paulding County Ohio Bicentennial celebration for next year. I personally, have learned a lot about Paulding County history from sitting across from Melinda the past year and a half.

During her time as editor, Melinda has poured her heart into making sure Paulding County residents are reading the most recent news. Even during the derecho in 2012, Melinda found electricity and wi-fi to make sure everyone was updated on Facebook about where they could receive help. Her priority has always been keeping people in our county informed.

Melinda plans on still staying in the area and will be involved with the bicentennial planning committee and other projects.

An open house will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the office for those who wish to bid Melinda a farewell.