The Chronicle Times is proud to announce that "one of our own" has been selected to serve as the Honorary Referee at this year's Tomahawk Relays.
Paul is a graduate of Storm Lake St. Mary's High School and Buena Vista College (University), played baseball and basketball as a student, then played fast-pitch softball for several years.
Paul's career as a newspaperman began as a sportswriter and news editor for the former Cherokee Daily Times. He then worked for three years as a news editor with the Sioux City Journal, before becoming a co-owner of the Cherokee Chronicle, which merged with the Daily Times ten years ago this month - in March 2002 - to form The Chronicle Times.
Paul is an ardent fan of local prep teams, and he has spent many an evening and/or weekend providing "up close and personal" coverage - via his photos and game accounts - of the games played by the Cherokee Braves and other Chronicle Times area schools.
Paul has also written a column, "Struck Strikes Out," for more than 30 years now, and in his columns he chronicles the highs and lows, laughter and tears of youth, prep, collegiate and professional athletics. In 2003, Paul was named the Sports Media Person of the Year by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association.
In addition to his writing, Paul serves as the Associate Publisher/Editor of the Chronicle Times, and in 2005, he was the recipient of the News Media Award from the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Paul is married to Darla, and he is the father of four. His daughter Abby and son Adam are now both married and working on their careers, while his son Alex will be completing his freshman year at Morningside College in May, and his daughter Alisane is a student at Cherokee Middle School.
The 68th edition of Tomahawk Relays will have a new look. The meet, held on the all-weather track at Washington High School 's George Hicks Field, will be a Co-Ed Meet this year, and it will be held on a Tuesday afternoon and evening - April 3, to be specific - rather than on the weekend, as it has been in the past.