On March 15, 2012, Greg Cantrell shared the following with me:

“My name is Greg Cantrell and beginning with the 2012-13 school year, I will be the new journalism teacher at Central High. Mr.  King has agreed to reinstate the newspaper there and I will be transferring to CHS from Red Bank where our newspaper has won best in state for 2011 and also 2012.

I’m excited about reorganizing and re-establishing the Digest at Central and after a few internet searches, I came across your blog about the rich Central history.  By starting the paper, which in fact will be an online news website instead of a newspaper, I hope to include as much alumni news and historical “looking back” news as I possibly can.  I hope to gain the support of all CHS alumni.  In fact, if our new Digest is to succeed, we’ll need the support of all the alumni — as well as the current student body — to help us get going by purchasing ads, submitting possible story ideas, and basically getting the word out that the Digest is back and needs everyone’s support.

Believe it or not, you are my first stop in getting connected with my new Purple Pounder friends after being a Lion for several years.  While I’m not sure that Mr. King (the current principal) is quite ready to make the announcement that the Digest is back, I did want to share the good news with you and ask for your help getting this project going since your own websites look so professional and are continually updated.  I’ve noticed that you have the CHS crest or seal on your website and I would love to have a copy of that for our new header, if you can assist us.  For now, that’s my first (probably of many) request.  I am certain I will be bugging you about older issues of the Digest later on.

I’m sure that we’ll be “all clear” to share the re-launch of the Digest very soon.  Until then, I look forward to hopefully working with you and utilizing your love for CHS and its history.”

Since then Greg and I have been sharing e-mails in which I shared some ideas for stories and some recommendations of website/blog hosting.

Today I received the following from Greg:

“We’re all clear for the announcement. You may include my email as a contact. We’ll definitely be looking for alumni support and donations to make sure this project not only succeeds, but evolves into something the Central family can appreciate!

I’m saving your emails so that we will have plenty of story ideas for the future. At Red Bank we had an “alumni spotlight” section which took note of alums who did or are doing successful endeavors and I’m sure there’s a place in the Central Digest for the same kind of reporting.

I’ll be in touch with you later on. Until then, here’s hoping for a lot of alumni and community support.”

Greg Cantrell can be reached at:  cantrell_g@hcde.org