Top stories of 2016: Hitting home

A champion of community journalism lost his battle with a short illness in April.

Nathan Blackford had worked at nearly every media outlet in the tri-state. He served as managing editor for The Standard for several years. He had worked in television and was the voice behind the Boonville Pioneers on WBNL.

For us, this loss was a personal one. We didn’t just lose a colleague, we lost a friend.

Nathan was well-known for his antics in the newsroom. In fact, it was later revealed that he was the man behind the hilarious “Fake Lloyd Winnecke” Twitter account.

In his personal life, Nathan was a dedicated husband and father. He left behind his wife, Carrie, and three children, Cecilia, Addison and Drew.

The last time his name appeared in a story in The Standard was in 2013 when Pat Bruner passed away. Bruner had been an avid Boonville High School sports fan for many years.

Nathan said he was going to walk into a basketball game and not see Pat sitting in his usual spot. Nathan’s words again ring true. “The games will go on, but they won’t quite be the same.”

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