YOUR STORY: Anita Stoll, above, and Nicholas Coles. (Courier file photos by Ken Ritchie)
YOUR STORY: Anita Stoll, above, and Nicholas Coles. (Courier file photos by Ken Ritchie)
In the past year, Madison Courier reporters and photographers wrote and photographed 54 subjects for 49 "Your Story" features.

From husband and wife teachers to mechanics ... new American citizens to a Smurf collector ... a variety of artists to a fly-fishing lawyer, dozens of people have shared their stories with our readers.

Some of the stories have been light-hearted. Other times, people have shared deep hurt and triumph over seemingly impossible obstacles.

All of the stories were compelling in their own way and have been the centerpiece of one of the most popular features in The Madison Courier.

"Your Story" began in the summer of 2006 with a simple goal - telling the stories of the men, women and children who make up our community, but who aren't usually in the news.

Since 2006, more than 250 stories have been told. In 2014, we will introduce you to even more people.

You can help us do that.

The most often- asked question about "Your Story" is how we find all of these people. Many of the stories come from digging on our part, or the occasional random pick from the phone book. But most of the "Your Story" subjects are suggested to us by friends, family and co-workers of those selected.

If you know someone who has a story to tell about where they've been, what they have done or what they do - or simply who they are (there are a lot of fun and interesting Courierarea characters) - send us your suggestions. Contact Ken Ritchie at or give us a call.

If you would like to read past "Your Story" articles, check out the Courier's website at