Hello again, Shelby County.

I was always sure I’d be writing this at some point; I just didn’t think it’d be so soon.

The Sentinel-News was a life preserver for me when you couldn’t watch TV without a commercial talking about “these uncertain times.” I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up in the summer of temperature checks and limited fan attendance. I had to earn the trust of the community and I’d like to think I did.

It hasn’t even been a year since I was saying goodbye to you all, but deep down, I think we all knew it was more of a see ya’ later; but maybe not this soon.

It’s been a long journey in a short time for me; including saying what I thought was my final goodbye to the newspaper industry just a month ago. While the physical journey was long —Illinois to Elizabethtown to Shelby County Public Schools — the emotional one was even longer. When I left the News-Enterprise, I really did expect to be out of newspapers forever.

But once again, the Sentinel was a life preserver when I was in uncertain times. I’ve already been overwhelmed with the reception for my return. Seriously, this community never ceases to amaze me. During my extremely brief stint with SCPS in the tech department (and I’m sorry again Jill and Chad and the rest of the team), I found new ways to be impressed with the people in this county and the students who fill the halls and who’s athletic achievements I’m once again fortunate to document.

I’m hoping the sequel can exceed my first stint in this role and I’m beyond excited to get to work starting this winter. As always, never hesitate to come up to me if you see me. Never hesitate to clue me in on a story. And, if you feel so inclined, never hesitate to guilt trip me about leaving the first time.

It’s good to be back and I can’t wait to see y’all again soon.