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OPINION: Looking to the future

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

This season has brought many changes for so many, and The Clanton Advertiser is no exception.

While some of these changes have been a part of response to the pandemic, others have not.

J.R. Tidwell moving to a new job was a change I had not anticipated. He will be missed.

However, his leaving created a need for a new leader in our newsroom.

I am excited at the opportunity to step into this role staring May 18. I have enjoyed my time as special publications editor and look forward to continuing to provide fun and interesting stories in Peach Living and other niche publications as well as taking on a news leadership role as managing editor.

Many of you that I have worked with over the past three years will still see me often as your main reporter covering your events. This new role also probably means I will meet some of you that I have not worked with as closely.

Changes usually do not come in ones or twos but in bunches.

Every two to three years, in my life at least, it seems that a reset button is pressed and there are a number of changes that happen in a short amount of time. This has mostly been changes in coworkers but has also included moving for me multiple times. I have had three addresses and two jobs in the past seven years.

Leadership is something I have learned more by watching others, then by studying it. Although I have sat in a study or two on the subject.

Leadership has not always been a goal I strove for but more an opportunity I took when it was presented.

This has led me to some fun places — leading a group of homeschool students in a drama club, leading freelancers and staff writers to produce fun magazines and now as managing editor of The Clanton Advertiser.

Despite all of the changes that have happened both internally and externally, The Clanton Advertiser will continue to provided needed and interesting content through our print and digital publications.