Ah, Elko. The sunshine city. No, that’s not right…
Ah, Elko. The city the never sleeps. Nope.
Ah, Elko. So nice, they named it twice! Umm…
Ok, well, maybe Elko Nevada doesn’t have a cute little identifier like some towns, but you can bet your giant, painted cowboy boots that this city is still one unique place.
My name is Anthony Crosby, self-proclaimed popcorn connoisseur, and father to three beautiful daughters (Sawyer, Evaleigh, and Maddox). I moved from Reno to Elko in 2011 to help start Living Stones Church (on the corner of 5th and Silver street). In 2017, different things within my family needed to be addressed, and I stepped out of my paid position on staff at the church. I had a great time there over the years, and I was able to learn two tremendous things about myself through my time on staff. 1. I love this city! 2. I love its people! I was easily able to live out my heart for those two things working as a pastor all day long, but how could I keep being intentional with Elko while working in a different field after I had transitioned out of that role? I’m glad you asked!
I’ve always loved writing. When I was young, my dream was to write scripts for television and movies. I wanted to be the black Quentin Tarantino! Needless to say, that didn’t exactly pan out. However, my love for putting words to the invisible thoughts racing around in my head has remained. How could I use these skills and passion all the way up in here Elko? Hollywood, Elko is not. Well, through some lurking around on Facebook, I saw that our local newspaper, The Elko Daily Freepress, was looking to hire a reporter. I didn’t have any experience in journalism prior to seeing the ad, but I figured I’d get ahold of the editor and see how writing for them would look. “Heck, writing is writing.” I thought. The paper and I talked, worked something out, and I started doing some freelance work for them. I could write about current events or traditional news topic, but my main focus became doing profiles on people in our town (their businesses and experiences) and sharing those stories with the paper. The response from the readers was very positive. Moreover, you know what? I loved it!
Writing about the people in our town, what a great way for me to roll my loves of writing, people, and the city of Elko all into one! So (after working for the newspaper didn’t end up working out), I jumped online, created a website, and started creating content and media independently with the desire to share the stories and experiences of the Elko people with their neighbors! Thus, Anthony Around Town was born!
You see, everyone has a story. Even you! You may not think it’s very interesting or exciting, but you didn’t just wake up one day and end up where you are. Your whole life has been a journey of relationships, experiences, struggles, joys, and learning. Your story has shaped who you are. The stories of all the people in my our have shaped who our city is. The goal of Anthony Around Town is to share the stories and experiences of the people in our community with the people in our community. I want Elko to learn more about and grow in appreciation for the people who call this place home. Every week, we’ll publish a profile on someone(s) locally. We’ll share stories from people in our town from all walks of life. One week, it may be a city representative or small business owner, the next it may be a sanitation worker! Everyone’s story matters. Maybe we’ll feature your grandma, your mail woman, or even you!
We’re excited to learn about the people in the Elko area. Make sure to check back here every week for the latest features and follow Anthony Around Town on social media, so you never miss out!
If you are interested in sharing your story with our readers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to talk with you!
Also, remember, Everyone has a story! What’s yours?
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We’ll see you around.