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Moving on

Posted: November 17, 2011 10:57 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Nearly three years ago, I sat down at my laptop to write my first column for the Chronicle-Independent. 

I’d be lying if I said that I had even the slightest clue of what I was doing. 

I was fresh out of the University of Maryland’s graduate journalism program. If you would have asked me to write a story about a recent school board or county council meeting, I wouldn’t have thought twice about whipping out a 650-word article.

But, for some reason, being told that I would write a weekly column -- on practically any topic imaginable --  seemed like a daunting task.

 So I sat down to write a column that I’m pretty sure I would cringe at if I went back and read it now. If I recall correctly, I believe I referred to myself as “the newbie.”

Since then, I would estimate I’ve written many, many more columns, from topics ranging from education to politics to my family and to my dog. (Actually, I think I wrote about my dog a lot.)

I’ve written about the importance of mentoring and being a positive role model for children. I’ve written about Black History Month, unity and domestic abuse. I’ve written about the death penalty and reality television shows.

I’ve shared nearly every aspect of my life with you during the past two and a half years.

Mostly, I’ve written about you.

But now, this will be my last column.

Sometimes, writers aren’t always sure of what kind of impact their stories and columns have on the community they report on, but I’ve quickly learned that is certainly not the case in Kershaw County.

I have truly been thankful for all of the feedback -- both the criticisms and supportive responses -- that I have received from you all during the past several years. I never expected to create so many great relationships in the Kershaw County community -- from the parents and teachers to the loyal readers and community activists.

And while I may be embarking on a new chapter in my life, that doesn’t change the fact that I will always be grateful for the friends I made both in the C-I office and throughout the community.

It’s been an honor, to write both for you and about you.

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