Dear readers, I must announce to you this week this is my final week here with your Baldwin County newspapers.
It’s a bittersweet ending for a now five year span here in Baldwin County, one where I’ve felt blessed to get to bring you news and information each and every week.
It’s odd to think that for the first time since 2005, I won’t be working at a newspaper.
Something that has been one of my defining characteristics and a catalyst for so much good in my life will now be gone.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your kindness and your support over the years as we’ve gone along this journey together.
Even those of you who had criticisms and slurs for me, I appreciate the passion with which you expressed your thoughts and opinions.
In my tenure, my stories have run the gamut from the heartwarming to the controversial, but I’ve never shied away from what our greatest goal should be - bringing you the truth.
Though I’m leaving, little should actually change.
The staff at our papers is among the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, complete professionals who do wonderful work and take ownership of the communities and beats that they cover.
A great mentor of mine once told me that journalists, like pastors, are slow gypsies. They have to move around every now and then to do something new.
While I’ll be moving on from our papers, I’ll still be here in Baldwin County, as I’ve accepted a position with the Baldwin County Legislative Delegation.
I’ll still see y’all at the Elberta Sausage Festival, Fairhope Library Book Sales and Lord knows what else in this big, beautiful Baldwin of ours.
So, in closing, thank you again for five wonderful years of getting to bring you the news. It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life.
God bless and keep y’all. And keep reading, Baldwin County.