February 20, 2008 Edition

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No good in goodbye

I am a very emotional person, and therefore not good at saying goodbye. I'll try to make this short and sweet, and as easy on myself as possible.

This is my last week here at The TD. On Friday, Clint and I are heading West. I have accepted a job in Buckeye, Arizona, as a children's librarian. We put our house on the market two weeks ago, and have frantically been trying to decide what furniture to take, what to leave and what to sell. Moving is never easy, its always a hassle, but moving halfway across the country is beyond frightening ~ it's terrifying.

I have two aunts who live within a couple of hours of Buckeye, but that's just not the same as having all your friends and family as close as we do here. As overwhelmed as I feel, I can't imagine how Clint feels. When I was growing up, my family moved quite a bit. Clint has never faced the task of leaving everything he knows behind.

We are both trying to look at this as an adventure ~ a new chapter in our lives. It doesn't help much. Things would be much easier if we could take everyone we love with us, but that's just not realistic, so we'll buck up and make the best of it.

The move would also be easier if we weren't both leaving jobs we love so much. You couldn't ask for better people to work with or for than we have.

Although I've been here less than two years, I feel like part of The TD family. When I started, they welcomed me with open arms, teaching me the ropes of news writing. The people of Lawrence County did the same. Whether I was covering a school function or public event, I was always welcome and always appreciated.

Though I loved covering events countywide, I will really miss working with the schools. Each school is unique in its own way. I have very much enjoyed watching the students excel in everything they have done, from winning quiz bowl tournaments to attending national conferences for FCCLA.

I have also taken great pleasure in watching projects throughout the county including the Rails to Trails project, the NEA Public Water Authority, the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Coalition take shape. I believe that as long as officials and citizens keep working together for a greater Lawrence County, things will continue to improve. It takes people who care to make a difference, and I have seen countless examples of how much passion there is in this county.

I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this last year and a half one of the best times in my life.

To those I have worked so closely with ~ words cannot express how much appreciation I have for you. You will all be missed.

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