Last week was the first in nearly three years that the Tracy Press has been without the services of copy editor Melanie Smith.
She bid adeiu Tank Town, where the Tracy High grad of '01 lived except four years of college in San Diego since she was born in 1983. She's taken off to the Big Apple, where she's interning at an artisan bakery before taking a two-month-long odyssey of Europe.
While here, she was one of the biggest barriers separating the grace of clear copy from the doom of grammatical incorrectness.
We at the Press wish her well, but suffice to say, we miss her already.