A note from Vince Johnson:
As some of you may have heard, I've accepted another position within Morris Multimedia. The new gig will take me 2400 miles west to Santa Clarita, CA (40 miles North of L.A.), where I'll be helping build another web operation within what is traditionally a community newspaper, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. It's a fantastic opportunity for me to further my career, but I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for my four-plus years in Statesboro. It's truly been an honor to begin my career in a such a wonderful place with such wonderful people.
To the Statesboro business community, I can't begin to express my gratitude for your support of our online and video ventures. I can tell you first-hand that we worked tirelessly to provide products that appealed to your consumers and customers, and as we strived to build your businesses and help promote your brands, I think we've built one of the most effective local media websites in the country. I'd like to extend a special thanks to those local businesses who have stuck with us from the beginning, including Ogeechee Tech, Farmers and Merchants Bank, and EGRMC. Without you, it's impossible to think we could have expanded our local coverage to the place it is today. I hope that you continue to support our products and help make Statesboro one of the nation's leading examples of exceptional online community coverage.
To the athletes and coaches from local high schools and GSU, thanks for always being so accommodating with your time and thoughts. This community has absolutely the greatest set of collective coaches that I have even seen. From Jeff Monken, C.Y. and Rusty Cram to Steve Pennington, Lee Hill and many, many others, their successes on the field and court are only dwarfed by their ability to build quality young men and women off of it. It's been a pleasure to watch. I wish you nothing but continued success in all of your future endeavors.
To all of my co-workers at the Herald, thanks for putting up with me. Now's probably not the right time to tell you that I had no idea of what I was getting myself into when I arrived in Statesboro, but together, we've accomplished some pretty incredible things. For fear of angry emails, I'm not going to mention names and leave people off, but for all of you who co-hosted shows, sold ads, created graphics, shot and edited video, or just yelled at me on my way through the office, thanks. They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and that somehow applies to this situation. And Rheneta, thanks for making me your favorite. I give you permission to never find my replacement.
Finally, to all of the citizens of Statesboro, thanks for embracing local media. Thanks for making us your homepage. Thanks for clicking our links. I will always believe that well-produced local media improves the lives of the people within it's community through information, engagement and entertainment, and I believe that it's happening in Statesboro. I will always remember my time in Statesboro fondly. Thanks for letting me become a small part of your great community.
P.S. See you in Augusta April 2-8, where I'll be writing articles from The Masters for the Herald and (perhaps) hosting a podcast or two on StatesboroHerald.com
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