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Long-time reporter honored by council

 

By Chris McDaniel Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:12 pm

City honors long-time reporter

Long-time Yuma Sun reporter Joyce Lobeck (center left) was recognized by the Yuma City Council for her many years of dedicated service while covering the city beat during the regular meeting at City Hall Wednesday. Lobeck is retiring from the Yuma Sun later this month.

Long-time Yuma Sun reporter Joyce Lobeck was honored by Mayor Doug Nicholls and the Yuma City Council for her many years of service to the community during the regular meeting held Wednesday evening at City Hall.

Lobeck is retiring from the Yuma Sun later this month after 31 years, and has been covering City Council meetings for more than five years.

After Lobeck led the Pledge of Allegiance, Nicholls took a moment to personally thank her for informing the Yuma citizenry about city issues over the years. He even joked about how his family often fights over the Sunday business section to read “Comings and Goings,” which Lobeck has been dutifully compiling for many years.

Nicholls then led the chamber in a round of applause.

“I didn’t have any idea the mayor was going to do that,” Lobeck said.

Yuma Police Department Chief John Lekan than presented Lobeck with a YPD challenge coin in commemoration of her years of service to the community.

“I was almost in tears when I walked out of there,” Lobeck said. “Lekan came up and gave me a hug, and I just about lost it after that. I was really, really touched. That was nice.”