Parting is such sweet sorrow

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By Kenny Colston

I’m not really a fan of goodbyes.

No one ever knows how to finish one, there’s always awkwardness and it’s just really a difficult situation altogether.

And it’s not much easier when you have to put it in print.

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is my goodbye as editor of The Oldham Era. Rest assured, I’m leaving the place in great hands. Publisher Melissa Blankenship will still be at the helm, as will reporter Taylor Riley.

Two newcomers will round out the editorial staff, as Elliott Pratt takes over sports and Rae Hodge will take over as editor. But, this newspaper will not only continue its progress we’ve set for the last 19 months, but it will become even better.

We didn’t make much noise about it, but a month ago, the Era was named one of the top three best weekly newspapers in Kentucky. The ranking is a cumulative score based on winning awards in 26 categories. The year before, the Era didn’t win a single award for its editorial content and yet 12 months later, we’re named one of the best large weeklies in the state.

For that reason, and many others, I’m proud of my time as editor of this newspaper and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work and serve this community.

But when opportunity knocks, sometimes you have to open the door and invite it in. And recently, I did just that for an opportunity that will completely take me out of journalism.

It’s not a decision I took lightly, because I’ve enjoyed working in this community. But it’s a decision I had to make nonetheless.

The decision was made easier knowing this paper isn’t going to be left without leadership, but instead will grow stronger.

My departure isn’t a commentary on the state of journalism, this newspaper or this community. All three have bright, strong futures.Futures I’ll just have to watch from afar. Thank you all for your readership of this paper, for your belief in the Era and for you welcoming me into your community for nearly two years.

As I said earlier, I’m not a fan of goodbyes, but sometimes we just have to buck up and say them.