Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Saying Goodbye…and Thank You
Today is my last day here at The Free Lance-Star.
Although I am moving on to a new adventure, handing in my FLS badge was bittersweet.
I’ve never worked for a better company in my 12 years of journalism. Believe me when I say the reporters and editors here care about this product and they strive to inform you with quality news. I am honored to have been part of this team.
This industry is facing dire challenges that no one in the business could have imagined 10 years ago. The Internet has changed a lot in this world, including newspapers. But the FLS has survived this trouble better than most newspapers in the country. That doesn’t mean friends haven’t lost their jobs, paychecks haven’t been cut and hours have been chopped. They have. I don’t know a newspaper that hasn’t made these moves.
I leave here one day before my fourth anniversary.
I hope I served the residents of Spotsylvania County well. I tried my best. I cared about the work I did and always will.
I’m not leaving Fredericksburg and I don’t think I will have to move with this new job, so I will still be around.
To members of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, I always admired the professional way you handled your meetings (other than the few times county attorney Jacob Stroman tried to trick me…kidding…not really).
The county employees always were professional with me.
This job isn’t easy, and saying goodbye isn’t either.
I wish you all the best, and thank you for the support.
And to my coworkers, thank you for dealing with me in the ways you all did. You’re all good, special people and I will miss each of you.