It has been a year full of change for The News Guard and, this week, the changes keep on coming as I move on from my position here to accept the post of managing editor at the Oregon Coast Today.
While I am brimming with excitement at the prospect of a new challenge, I cannot help but feel saddened at the thought of leaving the hard news beat that I have covered for the past five and a half years.
During my time at The News Guard, we have strived to bring you the news that matters as quickly and accurately as possible. I've always said that I'd rather be right than first, but that it never hurts to be both.
I have seen our local newspaper weather the harshest recession in 70 years while simultaneously building our online presence to give readers the ability to stay on top of breaking news as it happens.
We've kept on top of long-running issues and pursued our own investigations while never forgetting to make room for stories about the amazing people that make our community such a wonderful place to live.
After I leave the newsroom for the final time on Friday, Oct. 12, the job of giving North Lincoln County the news it deserves will pass to Jeremy Ruark currently editor of our sister newspaper the Seaside Signal.
Jeremy will find an excellent and supportive team at The News Guard, ready to help him meet your expectations as readers.
How can you help? Send us your news. If you're planning an event, send us the details. If you're at a sporting event, grab a photo for The View from the Stands. If you have an opinion to share, send us a letter to the editor. If you have a news tip, give us a call.
With the community behind it, The News Guard is well placed to weather any change the future brings.