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Your Local News (covering Loganville, Monroe, Walton County and East Gwinnett) is your eyes, ears and voice in the community. It is an online publication that brings you the news, events and community information that is important to you. It is not only a place where you can get information, but also one where you can share information.


Email: Sharon@waltonliving.com, Phone: 678-622-1747


Sharon Swanepoel

Sharon began her career in journalism in 1995 as a freelance writer for the Walton Tribune. She expanded that to include the Gwinnett Daily Post in 1997 and in 2001 she joined the Gwinnett Daily Post newsroom as a staff writer/editorial assistant. After a two- year break to work in a business with her husband, she helped launch the Loganville Tribune in 2005, moving to The Walton Tribune in 2010. Sharon’s first real experience with an online publication came in 2011 with the launch of Loganville-Grayson Patch for Patch.com, adding the Monroe-GA Patch in 2012. Monroe Local News was her first venture as a member of the local independent online news community under Your Local News, Inc. media. In 2014 she purchased Walton Living Magazine and launched Loganville Local News in December 2014. In 2017, Monroe Local News, Loganville Local News and the online issue of Walton Living Magazine were combined into one webpage under Yourlocalnewsinc.com.

The company was sold to Monroe Media (The Walton Tribune) In September 2022 and Sharon now works as a contractor running the site.

Sharon first moved to Monroe during the Storm of 1993. She lived in Loganville and Grayson for a few years in between before returning to the local community in 2007. She and her husband have lived in Monroe ever since. Their children all completed their schooling in Walton County and they now have four grandchildren doing the same.

Contact information: Email: sharon@monroelocalnews.com. Phone: 678-622-1747

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