New employee happy to return home

Staff writer

It has been more than 25 years since Jane Johnson, Hoch Publishing’s newest employee, lived in Marion.

Johnson, a 1979 Marion High School graduate, was drawn to the job because she could spend more time with her mother.

“This is really a great job, because I can do bookkeeping, but I can also help the newspaper, which I love,” she said.

Johnson has never worked on a full-time newspaper staff but has held different positions for social service agencies in public relations. She also has a degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas Wesleyan University.

“I love reading,” she said. “At one point, I was a part of five different book clubs in Wichita.”

Johnson said she likes reading Robert Crais, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, and Alexander McCall Smith. She currently is reading books in the “Game of Thrones” series, and “Mr. Timothy” — a mystery novel by Louis Bayard.

“I’m excited about writing articles and helping put out the newspaper, but I enjoy doing the bookkeeping part of it too,” she said.

She replaces Tena Lundgren, who has accepted a position as an election clerk in the Marion County clerk’s office.

 

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