DeWayne's World: The time to move on has come
The Woodford Times is approaching its second birthday.
It has been a very satisfying experience for me to be at the helm of the news side of this newspaper.
When I got this assignment it was exciting and frightening all at the same time.
I was venturing into something I had not done before — participate in the launch of a newspaper.
Unless you have been involved in such a venture you cannot fathom how incredible an adventure that is.
It was a big responsibility, one I took seriously.
I wondered if I would fit in.
I did —not so much because of anything I did. It was you the readers that made my job worthwhile and fulfilling. You were so welcoming and accommodating I looked forward to serving you daily.
That said, the time has come for me to move on.
The Woodford Times is approaching its second birthday, making it a toddler if you will. Toddlers have more independence than infants. Toddlers are more confident than infants. They can survive change better than infants.
Change is what is coming to the Woodford Times. This is my last issue as editor of this paper.
Departing will be bittersweet. I will miss the people. I will miss the communities, all of which have been interesting in their own individual way.
But, an opportunity arose. I went after it.
I am going to be the editor of the East Peoria Times-Courier starting Feb. 27.
While I have been a member of the TimesNewspapers family for 22 years I must admit I have a restless spirit.
I crave new adventures and new challenges. I crave them physically and intellectually.
But, I am not abandoning the Woodford Times. The new editor — Adam Larck — is a fine young man. In his capable hands I am sure the Woodford Times will go to bigger heights. He is well aware of the responsibility he holds. I have made him aware that he can count on the support of the fine readers of the Woodford Times.
This paper is great not so much because of anything I have done. It has been a partnership of myself, the readers and the advertisers. My departure will not impact this newspaper negatively.
I may be leaving the Woodford Times, but TimesNewspapers’ commitment to Woodford County remains strong.