Robin Clasen, 24, graduated college in Decemberwith a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and sports administration. Her goal was to be a middle school physical education teacher.
Now her goal and her reality are two different things.
"I never imagined that my dad would be gone."
Robin grew up in Eureka, along with her four brothers and sisters. Her father, Richard Clasen, published the Eureka Herald. But in December, the same month she graduated, her father suffered a massive stroke and died.
"Its hard to explain, you don't expect it at all. So the first thing that came to my mind was the paper will not stop."
"All five of us kids had agreed on that and we all planned coming back. I was the only one who didn't have a set job. I was planning on studying in the spring. It wasn t a problem. I am just taking a little detour."
That little detour was to the Editor's chair of the Eureka Herald. The same chair her father used just days earlier. "It's very hard to imagine taking over his job. I mean it's still surreal - I still expect him to walk into the door."
"The Herald will keep going. As long as the Clasen family owns the Greenwood County Publishing Company, the paper will keep going."