Saying goodbye

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By Geoff Hamill

Goodbyes are never easy, but they are often necessary. This one is no different.

For those who may not know, I have received a promotion and will now serve as publisher and editor of the Central Kentucky News-Journal in Campbellsville. The CKNJ is owned by Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., which also is the parent company of The Springfield Sun.
It’s not going to be easy to say goodbye to the many people with whom I have worked here in Washington County, and it has been incredibly difficult to say goodbye to the staff here at The Springfield Sun. When a small group of people works closely together on a daily basis, it’s easy to become attached and feel like a family, and that’s exactly how everyone at The Sun has been to me.
After living and working in Springfield for the past six years, I’ve also had the opportunity to get to know many members of this community in various ways. I know some of you as government officials, others as local business leaders, and many, more importantly, as friends. Beyond the people I often write about in the newspaper, there are those who may make their way into The Sun just once in a while, or maybe one time in their lives. Either way, my job here was to tell their stories, whether personal or related to business that affected the lives of Washington Countians.  I’ve enjoyed doing that, and I hope I’ve kept you all well informed, and at times, maybe even entertained.
Now, as a new opportunity has arisen, I have accepted a position that will take me out of Springfield during the work day, but I will still be proud to call this my home when the work day is done. With the way my family and I have been made to feel so at home in this community, moving away just wasn’t an option.
I will continue to read The Springfield Sun because I know the staff here will continue to put out an excellent newspaper. I’ll learn about what happens around the county, and it will help me be a better-informed citizen, which is one of the functions of any good newspaper. I hope you, too, will not only read, but become involved in your community. It’s good to know what’s happening, but it’s also important to take part and help make things happen. Citizen involvement can make a big difference, and I hope all of you will continue to become more involved, and help Washington County become an even better place for all of us to call home.
I will still be attending local festivals, serving on some committees, and of course, attending Washington County High School sporting events. I look forward to seeing you all there, and I hope you’ll take the time to say hello, as you always have. That friendly personality that is so contagious around the community is what makes it a special place to call home.