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Goodbye Campbellsville ... and thanks

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By Larry Rowell

Those of you who know me know that I'm a very proud Georgian and that I like to say that I'm southern by birth and bulldog by God's grace.

However, I must confess that I have come to love the Bluegrass state. Though I will never root for a blue nation sports team, I nonetheless find the state and people to be quite pleasant and enjoyable.

My wife and I have lived in Campbellsville for about six years in two different stints and we love the community. Taylor Countians, for the most part, are good, God-fearing, generous and friendly people.

And I wanted to tell you in this, my last column, that I'm grateful for a couple of things you taught me; things that I'll never forget.

First, suffering is inevitable, but misery is optional.

When Fruit of the Loom and Batesville Casket closed in Campbellsville, you went 10 rounds with high unemployment and everything inherent with massive job losses. You persevered and through hard work and good ole American hard-headedness, you overcame the losses and earned the moniker of "come back kid."

Many communities in the Rust Belt up north never recovered when factories left their cities. They just withered and died. But not Taylor County.

Second, the generosity level of Taylor Countians is mind-boggling.

With a median income of less than $29,000, you give money generously to churches, Relay for Life, extra-curricular school activities, Hospice, the Crusade for Children, Campbellsville University and a host of other needs. And what you give this year is generally more than last year's total.

Finally, for the past 10 weeks, I learned a good deal about how a great newspaper functions. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with every person affiliated with the News-Journal.

Thanks, Becky Cassell, for your professionalism as an editor, for your love for true journalism and also for your patience with this cub reporter.

I'll be starting next week as a general assignment reporter with the Casey County News in Liberty.

I will take with me what I learned from you and I look forward to serving the fine folks in Casey County.

Goodbye, and thanks, y'all.