We want to thank the loyal readers of HobbsDailyReport.com, as we are celebrating our fourth birthday this month.
We’re proud to report that we have generated more than 6,250 posts about local sports since the first day we launched our website and, at last report, we had generated more than 2 million page views since that opening day.
We thank our primary advertisers — Dwayne Wilson Insurance, Burke Mortuary and The Athletes Lab — who provide thousands of fans interested in sports in the Greater Hickory area, especially those who follow high school sport, with that opportunity.
A special thanks to Dwayne, a former Maiden High player who planted the idea of a local website in Chris Hobbs’ mind (Chris also covered Dwayne’s son’s career at MHS).
After Hobbs was laid off in February of 2017 following a 42-year career in newspapers, Dwayne encouraged Chris to continue to play a role in local sports coverage in some way.
Two months later, after mulling the idea, HobbsDailyReport.com hit the internet with Chris the website’s editor and content coordinator. The website is owned by Myra Hobbs — Chris’ wife — and Chris does all the writing and content.
Myra also helps with graphics and photography, and we produce HobbsDailyReport.com from Newton and the home we share with Chris’ 89-year-old mom (while also maintaining our home in Denver, N.C.).
Our goal is to focus on providing exposure for local student-athletes. While we still do some local sports outside the realm of the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, our primary look-see is on high school athletics.
Chris, 62, is in his 45th consecutive year of covering local schools and hoping to extend that to 50 years before heading into “real” retirement.
Again, thank you for your support and visits to HobbsDailyReport.com.
We are dedicating our next year of work — starting now — to two beloved members of our family who have left us in the last six months in Myra’s native country of the Philippines.
Our lives continue without Aunt Nurse (who passed in November) and Myra’s mom (who passed on Easter Sunday).
Writing and this website are Chris’ only life skills and way to pay tribute to Momma (love ya).
Chris and Myra Hobbs