Dear loyal Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch reader: It is with mixed emotions that I inform you I will be leaving Patch on Oct. 10 to begin a new journey.
I have accepted a position with Farm Journal Media in Mexico, MO, where my focus will be social media and reporting with an emphasis on machinery. If you've met me, it probably comes as no surprise that I do not come from an agriculture background. Nonetheless, I'm excited to put on a new kind of reporter's hat and dive headfirst into this new field.
My wife, Julie, grew up in unincorporated St. Charles County, spent a lot of time in 4-H and taught me the beauty of going to the fair every year. Her family raised Oxford sheep for many years. My maternal grandparents still live in a farmhouse in rural Tennessee and helped teach me the value of life outside the city.
I've got a lot of learning to do, but these are just a few of the memories that inspire me to know more.
I want you to know that I chose to report on Clayton and Richmond Heights before I ever visited St. Louis to any great degree. I had the opportunity to choose other cities—and there are many wonderful communities in our area—but I knew with just a little research that this was where I wanted to be.
I haven't been disappointed. Far from it: Your overwhelming kindness, encouragement and civic engagement helps explain why both of these fine cities will celebrate 100 years of excellence in 2013.
You have welcomed me into your homes, offices and classrooms. You have humored me by meeting for coffee to learn more about Patch, shared incredible stories about exceptional people and challenged me to hone this community news website into a service for everyone.
I'm pleased to report that Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch will continue humming along, no thanks to me. St. Louis has an unrivaled group of editors who daily identify stories intended to inform, educate and delight. Please continue to send your story ideas, feedback and blogs—an eager audience awaits you.
Thank you sincerely for your hospitality.
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