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Here at The Daily Journal, we would have loved to have wished Joyce E. Lisk a hearty “Happy Birthday” when she turned 80 on June 29, 2013.

As shown in the announcement and photo that the family submitted to the newspaper, the party was held at the Cordova Fire Department, where family and friends gathered for the party thrown by Joyce’s son, Joey, and his wife, Sweetpea Lisk. Joyce’s daughter, Vicki, and her husband, Ken Mitchell, drove in from Bangor, Maine, for the affair. A month later, Joyce was the centerpiece of a five-generation photo — we know because the family gave us a copy.

The reason we didn’t wish Joyce a Happy Birthday in June is that the newspaper didn’t receive the birthday announcement until after Christmas.

We almost wished young Shelby Rose Barber “Happy Birthday.” She celebrated her first birthday with family, including parents Will and Meredith Barber, of Ellerbe, at Fellowship Baptist Church. The family offered Shelby an owl-themed party and then, on Nov. 14, enjoyed a birthday dinner with Mickey Mouse and friends at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Shelby was far from alone in her celebration; along with her parents and sister, Maddie, there were her grandparents and great-grandparents and nearly four dozen others. Sounds like a great shin dig. Only once the announcement and photo of Shelby, completed with a white top bearing a Minnie Mouse-inspired cake logo, was laid out on the page shortly before deadline did we realize the birthday was in November. Unfortunately, the newspaper didn’t receive the birthday announcement until after the start of the new year.

Then there’s Sidney Tate Hodges, of Hamlet. Tate earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was presented the rank during a ceremony at Springhill Wesleyan Church of Hamlet. During the ceremony, Tate, a Richmond Senior High School student, presented his mentor pin to Mike Burgress, former Scoutmaster and involved with Scouts since Tate was 6.

The announcement included details on Tate’s Eagle Scout project, which was creating a therapeutic room at the McLaurin Vocational Center in Hamlet. But the ceremony took place on Nov. 24. The newspaper didn’t receive the information until mid-January.

Unfortunately, all three of those submissions were received far beyond a reasonable deadline for The Daily Journal to consider for publication. Don’t get me wrong — printing these announcements are important to me and everyone here at the newspaper. And we can pretty much assume that these milestones and accomplishments are important to the individuals being recognized as well as family members and friends.

My argument is that if they are, indeed, important, then please help us by submitting such announcements in a more timely fashion. I think within two weeks after the event, a party or ceremony or whatever else, is a sufficient period of time in which to expect a submission.

Pass this along to your friends. We’re not trying to say “no” — to the contrary, we’re trying to give you the information necessary in order for us to say “yes” more often.

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