Life is very strange.

You’re traveling down a road with no barriers in sight. It’s been the smoothest ride, a beautiful ride. Then something changes. It could be a roadblock. Maybe it’s slow traffic.

For me, it was simply a detour. While the alternative route wasn’t drastic, it was certainly unexpected.

I thought I would cover sports for the foreseeable future. I know nothing else. That may not be entirely true, but it sure seems like it at times. I’ve lived and breathed sports since I could walk. It’s ingrained in my DNA. When I got to college, I knew that I wanted to be a sports writer.

After I graduated, I was lucky enough to run across a job opening for a sports editor at the Atchison Globe.

I had never heard of Atchison. A quick Google search brought up two things: Amelia Earhart and Haunted Atchison. Interesting, I thought. All I cared about was the sports, though. I quickly learned that there are numerous sports nuts like me all over the county, which wasn’t surprising, but was still nice to see.

I was on the correct road, with all of the windows down, the sun shining on my face.

A detour soon appeared, though. The news editor position opened at the Globe a year ago. My wife and I were expecting our first child. The hours as the news editor certainly wouldn’t be as sporadic as the hours as the sports editor. That meant I could be home more often. But how could I leave sports?

I took the news editor job and have enjoyed the detour. It’s been another smooth ride.

Of course, some detours take us well off our original roadway. We end up a completely different state. That’s where my current detour has led me.

This is my last paper with the Atchison Globe. It feels odd to say goodbye.

I’m extremely proud to have worked with the Globe for nearly four years. It’s been my only place of occupation since I graduated from college. It’s been a great experience, a learning experience. I’ve met great people.

I truly appreciate the kind words over the years. In this line of work, no news is good news. People generally don’t go out of their way to call when they like a story that you’ve written or a picture that you’ve taken. People certainly do and have done that – it’s just much more common to receive a call about a complaint. It’s the nature of the business, so for those who have made an effort to give a word of encouragement, I thank you.

I sincerely couldn’t have asked for better coworkers. They have always made this job fun to do. There’s never a dull moment in the office. I never felt like an outsider, even though just about all of our staff is from the Atchison area. I was accepted – even though I hailed from Missouri. I want to thank you all for being so great.

I’m proud of the Globe. I know members of the community don’t always like what we do or agree with it. Some won’t even let us step into their place of business. That’s fine with me. The goal of a newspaper is not to make everyone happy. That’s an impossible task anyway. The goal of a newspaper is to keep the community informed – whether it be community happenings, crime, etc. We’ve accomplished that goal through a lot of hard work.

I’m excited for this new detour, however, I’m sad to leave Atchison and the newspaper. It’s been a great ride.

Logan Jackson is the former Globe managing editor.

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