By the time people sit down to read this, I’ll probably be loading my furniture into a horse trailer and aiming the wheels west.
Saturday was my last day as a staff writer at The Morning Sun. It was a bittersweet day. I’m sad to leave behind the place that’s been my home for almost the past two years, but I’m anxious to take the next step in my career.
I’m heading out to the flatter part of the state, where I have accepted a job as the agriculture writer and editor of Kansas Agland with The Hutchinson News. It’s an area I’m familiar with — growing up with a father who hasn’t spent many days away from cattle since I was born — and I’m excited to share the news and innovations of one of the largest parts of the Kansas economy.
But I am sad to leave Pittsburg and Crawford County. For one, I’ve been close to my friends and family for the past two years, but I’ve also enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. I want to thank all the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with — from municipal and county government to business leaders; museum volunteers to educators across all levels; and the citizens of the area.
Pittsburg and The Morning Sun were great to me. I don’t think I’ve had to go a day since I started here without seeing a friendly face. I’ll miss that, but hopefully I can find that same feeling in Hutchinson.
I learned a lot at The Morning Sun. It was my first job after graduating. My time here mostly taught me what working in real newsroom is like day to day. It’s not always as exciting as it is in old noir films or movies like “Spotlight,” but my time here solidified that this is what I love and what I want to dedicate my life to.
I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to tell the stories of this interesting — and too often overlooked — community. There are so many great and innovative things happening here in Pittsburg. Even though I’m heading about three hours away, I’ll be sure to keep tabs on how the city is doing, the progression of Block 22 and more.
My family lives nearby in Hepler, so I’ll be back to visit. When I’m in the area, I’ll be sure to pop my head in and see how Pittsburg is doing.
Feel free to reach out to me at The Hutchinson News if you’d like to see how I’m doing.
As I prepare for this next step in my life, I’m glad I “took a chance” on The Morning Sun and Pittsburg.
Keep it real, Pitt. I’ll miss ya.
— Chance Hoener is no longer a staff writer for the Morning Sun, but feel free to check in on him at The Hutchinson News or on Twitter @ReporterChance.