After more than four years, it's time to say goodbye.
As editor of Town Crier, I am stepping down to seek a career as a full-time crime and court reporter for Herald & News, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Not that I was failing to enjoy my time with this newspaper, but I feel like my run is ending and it is time to pass the torch.
It's been quite an experience reporting on these small towns. There's such an incredible wealth of history and identity painstakingly preserved in the buildings, the businesses, the schools and the people. Hopping from one to the other, reporting on meetings of councils, fire districts, school districts and the like, I feel like there is very little separating them all.
Each town needs greater infrastructure, greater economic stability, greater support from volunteers. The challenges shaping their identities and directions are so common it can't be ignored, and I feel like greater progress could be made if more communities checked in with each other, asked what's working and what isn't, and didn't leave each other in the lurch of having to figure things out on their own.
But I think you guys will be alright. There may be doom and gloom shouted from certain rooftops, but there's always a way to press forward, always someone to turn to for help. Locally, there's no small cadre of volunteers and business leaders fighting for change, and they could always use a little more support from area residents.
With all that said, I hope our readers will be ready to support Town Crier's continuing efforts to report the news and events of area communities. Flannery Publication's chief editor, Scot Pearson, will be taking my place, while a staff of writers will continue to provide local coverage. All contact information (email@example.com; PO Box 10, Winlock, WA, 98596; and (360) 785-3151) will continue to be available for those wishing to get in touch.
As for me, I will miss being around and will seek eagerly to learn how you all end up doing. There's so many irons in the fire I feel quite reluctant to leave so soon, but my time has come, and I wish you all well.