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Last Wednesday, I sent a really difficult e-mail to about 50 people here in town.
The contents of that e-mail certainly don’t get any easier to repeat, but here goes nothing.
In case you haven’t heard or read by now, in exactly one week from today (Wednesday), I will be leaving The Anderson News to become the editor of The Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville.
While I am obviously excited to take the next step in my career, part of me is heartbroken to leave a job and a community that has meant so much to me over the past three years. I suppose that’s why it took me up until the last second possible to start composing this column — all the while reminding myself there’s no crying in a newsroom.
The reason I tell you about sending that initial e-mail is to be able to give thanks to the many people who responded with their bittersweet thoughts and well wishes.
Within an hour, I had received more replies than I could count on both hands.
The first of which, simply began: “NO NO NO NO NO! You can’t leave.”
(Don’t worry, by the end, she softened up and wished me the best.)
To even begin to think that I might have meant as much to some of the people here as they and this community have meant to me — well, it just makes me speechless.
All I know to say is thank you.
I’ve always said that The Anderson News is your newspaper. We strive each week to publish stories that will mean something to you, that will interest you, that will be about you.
And I’m so thankful to have been a part of it for three wonderful years.
On Monday, Janie, here at the office, asked if I was excited about making the transition to editor and starting my new adventure in Taylorsville.
I really, really am, but I told her that I’ve tried not to think about it too much because going there means leaving here, and it’s so hard to fathom not driving here every day, not going to Lawrenceburg City Council meetings or Anderson County Board of Education meetings, not taking pictures at the senior center or not going on wild goose chases to find barn quilts.
When something has been such a huge part of your life — and your livelihood — for three years, it’s hard to just leave.
On the flip side, I will still be living here in Anderson County for a while, so I know I’ll see your lovely faces at the grocery store or out at restaurants. It won’t be the same, but it’ll be something.
Meanwhile, I get to look forward to making new contacts and new relationships a county over.
There’s a country song that says, “There’s no good in goodbye.”
I’ll agree with that, but change can certainly be for the best. So as I’m saying goodbye to The Anderson News, I’ll be saying hello to The Spencer Magnet and I bet there’s a lot of good in hello.
One last thing, the staff here at The Anderson News is being kind enough to put together an open house on my behalf. This Friday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., you’re invited to stop by, have some cake and say goodbye, or if you prefer, see you later. Please stop in for a few minutes if you get the chance.