It started as a rumor.

A national television news crew was in Columbiana and Carroll counties.

I overlooked it. It’s just a rumor right?

And then I heard from a reader that 60 Minutes was in the area doing a story.

On what? The Utica shale of course.

I promptly forgot about it, and then I got a phone call last week asking some questions. Can you guess what about? The shale, of course.

I love to answer questions when it pertains to my job. I can talk about the shale industry or agriculture any day.However, this person who called me asked about the national news crews in the area, and told me details of interviews at a Canton law firm.

Being the journalist I am, I e-mailed the contact at the law firm asking them if they knew anything about 60 Minutes being in the area or if their clients had been interviewed. Of course, they didn’t give me a yes or a no answer. And I can’t blame them, there is confidentiality involved.

However, it has me wondering. Has a national news crew has really been in the area interviewing residents?

Maybe all of this is just a product of the rumor mill. Maybe it’s not?

If you have been interviewed for 60 Minutes or by another national news crew, how about dropping me a line? I would just like to put to rest if the rumors are true or not!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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