So long, farewell: CCN reporter embarks on new adventure
I was kind of tossed into news reporting last September when things were shook up a bit at my previous job at KTHS. I gave it my all.
Later, I was given an opportunity to pursue it further by my incredible friends here at Carroll County News. I have given it my all.
I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of people to take me in and show me the ropes. They put up with my crummy punctuation and my tendency to use words like crummy, and allowed me to see if I could make it as a newspaper reporter.
They say I have done a great job, and I hope you, the readers, agree.
I have been told I can write. Most of what I have written in life is commercials. From time to time I have written opinion pieces. Since I returned to Carroll County, I have been in the media, and have been given the opportunity to observe and report.
Since September when I began reporting, I have been allowed to get out and be on the scene. I have seen firemen battle to save homes. I have seen police and paramedics attempt to calm and treat people as they put them on stretchers in the middle of blocked highways. I have seen the coroner and first responders use such care and dignity in removing someone from a mangled car, that you would almost believe they were trying hard not to disturb their sleep. We have some very classy and professional people giving of themselves with all they have every time 911 is dialed in this county.
I have been able to watch public servants, civic leaders and elected officials work very hard to do what they believe is right. They don't always agree on what right is, but in most cases, they are doing their best to follow their consciences.
I enjoy writing the happy stories. I am not very fond of the hard news side of it, but I know it comes with the job.
I know that democracy needs people who can inform the public in order for our society to function properly, but I have found that I am not the right person to do it. I may have the ability, but not the will.
I have enjoyed my brief time with Carroll County News, and the folks here have been amazing. Kristal Kuykendall, the managing editor, has been extremely helpful and has taught me so much. She really wants to make the Carroll County News into the award-winning paper Carroll County deserves.
Bob Moore, the publisher, has gone out of his way to give me everything I have ever asked for. I am not sure I have ever worked for someone who has cared more about his staff, or fought harder to get them what they need so they could do their jobs right. The staff here is like a family, and he likes it that way. I could go on and on.
To wrap this up, I have decided to take a different path professionally.
Martin Couch was hired to fill my position. He has been in the news business for more than 20 years, and it is what he was born to do. I feel good knowing he will do his best to give you his all.
The fantastic people I have gotten to know at Berryville Ford through nearly four years on Tradio have been kind enough to offer me a place on their team. I will go into that job and give it my best.
Thank you very much for letting me spend the last four years with you on the radio and in the newspaper. Waking up with you in the morning, buying, selling and trading on Tradio, sitting up with you at night through the ice storm. Thank you for reading my words over coffee or wherever you sit long enough to read a paper. Thank you for all the kind words and support you have given me on Facebook or at Walmart. If God gives me more time, I plan on living it out here in Carroll County, and I hope to meet and become friends with every one of you before I'm called home.