I'm reluctant at a time like this to announce I'm leaving the Log Cabin Democrat.
There is much to be done with reporting on and lifting up the community as it recovers from one of the most destructive and deadly tornadoes in Arkansas' recent history, but plans have been in motion for me to move from Arkansas to join The Times, Shreveport, La.
I'll be serving as the newspaper's Community Connections Editor.
For the Times I'll do some of what I was able to do with the Log Cabin Democrat in being an advocate for the community and for the newspaper while understanding the two are more powerful when working together.
The job will have some more responsibilities that will challenge me in new ways, and the experience will help me learn more about our business by seeing it and partnerships at work in another market and state.
But it is a hard time to leave the Log Cabin Democrat and Faulkner County.
I see great things happening in the near future at the Log Cabin, and I wish I could be part of the execution.
Whether I'm here or not, those good things will come to pass.
Faulkner County is where my family is, and I'll be able to visit often.
For a time, Shreveport is my 3.5 hours away home-away-from-home, and I'm anxious to grow and work there.
My sincere thanks are due to our readers, who helped me get a great start in the newspaper business.
I am forever grateful to and will miss the people I've had the pleasure of working with inside the walls of the Log Cabin Democrat and outside in the field.
My last official day is Thursday, May 1, but please feel free to contact me for any reason via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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