After six years of being the Slater correspondent, Eliza Merritt is moving on to bigger things.

Merritt, of Slater, said she first began submitting news items when she was 12 years old. Some of the items submitted from her early days included things that were more entertaining than newsworthy.

"I used to send silly little things into the paper via the then-current correspondent, Heather Knittel. Things like ‘Eliza and her friends went to Living History Farms,’ or even once, ‘the Merritt children mourn the loss of plastic dinosaur run over by lawn mower!’ When Heather decided not to write for the paper anymore, she suggested I take the job," Merritt said.

As she has grown older, Merritt’s writing skills have improved. She said the correspondent position has taught her how to interview people she does not know and how to write news articles.

"Most importantly, I’ve learned a lot more about how our town works and the great people who work hard to make it a great place to live. Also, how to just be a more inquisitive person and ask good questions," Merritt said.

Her resignation comes before she leaves for a summer-long mission trip. Shortly after she returns to Iowa, she will pack her bags to begin her freshman year at Northwestern College in Orange City, where she will study nursing. She plans to use her degree to become a nurse/midwife.

No matter where life takes her, she will always remember her time as the Slater news correspondent.

"I am so thankful to the Tri-County Times for these past six years! It’s been great!" Merritt said.

If anyone is interested in becoming the new Slater correspondent, please contact the Tri-County Times at 515-382-2161, or email mbarker@nevadaiowajournal.com. In the meantime, all news items from the Slater area may be submitted to results@tricountytimes.com.