Croan joins Sweetwater Reporter staff

Andrea Croan joined the Sweetwater Reporter's circulation department back in March, just after the Rattlesnake Round-Up and has been a welcome addition to the newspaper family. Born and raised in Sweetwater, Croan lives here with her four children — Racheal, 16; Dylan, 15; Katelyn, 8; and William, 2.When she isn't hard at work preparing papers for the carriers, she is taking classes at Central Texas College. She is focusing on an Associate's Specialization in Chemical Dependency Counseling and at-risk youth. "I've been in school for a year and a half now. I graduate in March of 2014," she said about her schooling. "My life has completely changed from the person I used to be, and I'd like to thank all the people that helped me along the way."Spending time with her children is a big part of Croan's life. "It's just me and the kids, so we're always together," she said. "We try and get as much family time as possible. We have movie nights and we like spending time outdoors. We'll be participating in the Relay for Life walk in October, too."Croan had a lot to brag about concerning her children. Racheal, who is a student at Sweetwater High School, won a soil and water conservation award and also scored above average on the chemistry portion of the STAAR test. Dylan, also a student at Sweetwater High School, will be starting his first year playing football for the Mustangs. "This will be my first year as a Mustang Mom," said Croan proudly. Katelyn, who will be attending East Ridge Elementary, is a two-year cancer survivor and will be joining the Girl Scouts. Her youngest, William, will be starting at J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center.When asked about her own hobbies, Croan said, "I love music. Country and rock are my favorites. I have a huge collection of guitar picks, drum sticks and autographs - I love to go and meet different artists whenever I can."