It’s been a bit since I’ve had the time and wherewithal to use my words to fill up this space. Many people have been asking where I went, and I was able to answer several of those wonderings in person. For those who don’t know, for the past year, I’ve served as the managing editor of Texoma Marketing and Media Group’s three weekly newspapers: The Anna-Melissa Tribune, the Prosper Press and the Van Alstyne Leader, and spending my weekends designing the Sunday edition and parts of The Weekend. I’ve had a lot of fun this past year. I’ve been able to meet so many new people and stretch myself in ways I never thought possible. I’ve led my team of writers in tracking down breaking news and tried to breathe some new life and content into these weekly publications I oversee. It’s been an absolute blast.

I firmly believe any good job should sufficiently challenge you, and this one has to be sure. There reaches a point, however, when in order to make progress one must initiate change. Change helps keep us moving in the right direction. It helps us stay relevant in this business.

That is why I’ve decided to make my own change. I’ve accepted an editor position with Community Impact newspapers based in Frisco. I’ll be taking over the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake publication and chasing down stories in that area.

There should not be a hint of doubt, however, that I am just bursting with pride from what I’ve seen this team of fine newsgatherers do over the past three and a half years I’ve worked in Texoma, and that I’ve been able to be a part of it. Readers, I hope you realize how lucky you are that you are blessed with news coverage from people who care so much about this job, who do it because they love it and because they want to initiate change. They want to inform and inspire our readers. They believe in the power of the printed word. They believe and have seen how an informed community is a united community. I’ve seen a whole lot of passion in the scope of my job, which I’m not sure many people are blessed enough to say.

I’m thankful to have been a part of that.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Kay Laboon and Royce Tasker, both of Sherman; and David Stroud of Van Alstyne.

Happy anniversary Tuesday to Ronnie and Ronette Peters of Sherman.