I wasn’t sure about coming home. I’d just spent four years in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake University and figured I’d end up with some fact-checking job at a magazine in a place like Austin or Minneapolis.

While I was searching for jobs during the second half of my senior year, I stumbled upon an opening for a reporter here at The Morning Sun. It had its benefits. My folks live just north of Hepler, I grew up in the area and attended school in Uniontown. I’d be close to my friends who stayed home and cost of living is great compared to a bigger city.

I also had fears, though. The stereotypical fears of returning to your hometown and settling, never going anywhere. I hated to think about living in my parents’ house just outside Hepler at 30.

But the more I thought about it, the more I started warming up to the idea. I started reading The Morning Sun and really enjoyed the kind of community journalism that filled its pages. I realized after four years of college and the hustle and bustle of the city, it would be nice to go back to a place where everyone waves and family and friends aren’t too far away.

So here I am. The new county reporter at The Morning Sun. Even though I grew up a Bourbon County boy, I spent plenty of time in Crawford County and really enjoy its cities. I’ll be covering Frontenac, Arma, Girard and all the other cities around Pittsburg.

I’m looking forward to being a part of the great community stories that brought me here. I’ve even found myself a place to move in Pittsburg, so no worries about being in my parents’ house at 30.