Most of you know that Havelock News photographer and reporter Drew C. Wilson has left his position.

By now, most of you know that Havelock News photographer and reporter Drew C. Wilson has left his position.

Not that I wanted to see him go, but life presented him opportunities, and he decided to take them. I’m going to miss the friendship and camaraderie we built here at the Havelock News and Cherry Point Post, and I wish him nothing but success. He taught me a lot about photography and won dozens of awards for excellence in journalism. I hope what I do in his absence meets with his approval.

Drew’s departure has left a big hole here, you know, sort of like one of those giant Florida sink holes you always hear about. Some of you have asked if this will mean an end to the Havelock News and its website, and that is not the case. We’re still here and will still operate as best we can, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that you’re probably going to notice some changes.

The biggest is that the Havelock News office hours will be cut drastically. As of now, the only certain day the office will be open is Tuesday of each week when I am in town. As many of you know, I also have responsibilities at the Sun Journal in New Bern and will be working out of that office four days per week.

Even on Tuesdays, the office won’t be open every minute of every hour, as I will sometimes have to be out covering stories.

I will be in Havelock other days of the week depending on circumstances and stories, and the office will be open during those times, but that is expected to be infrequently.

If you have business at the office, try calling the office phone at 444-1999 or my phone at the Sun Journal at 635-5673. I am also available by email at

I will be honest. This will not be easy. I will be trying in an eight-hour day to cover a community that Drew spent 40 hours a week covering — and sometimes a lot more. Having said that, I’m going to need your help. Don’t hesitate to call me or email me about what’s going on in Havelock, whether it be some sort of news tip, a great idea for a feature story, an event, fundraiser or church program you have coming up, or that picture for our weekly “Our Town” feature. I will do my best to respond and get your item in the paper.

After all, this isn’t my paper or Gatehouse Media’s paper. This is your paper. We just print it. Thanks for reading the Havelock News.

Ken Buday is the editor and general manager of the Havelock News. He can be reached at 635-5673 or at