I’ve spent much time over the past week replaying a conversation with a gentleman who stopped by the office. It’s strange how some conversations stick with you. But as he was leaving he said, “I guess change happens, and maybe it’s not always bad.”

Change has never been something that bothered me. It’s a part of life and a part of growing and adapting to this crazy world we live in. Good or bad, change will come, so I’ve found it’s easier to embrace it and make the most of it.

As Max Depree said, “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” That’s not only true personally, but in business as well.

And that brings us to where we are right now at The Blount Countian. There has definitely been some (well a lot of) change here over the past year. This staff has endured much, but has embraced each and every challenge and change along the way. This week’s issue is just another example.

As we finished up the June 12 issue and sent it off to Arab, it marked the end of a very long era and partnership. Around 40 years ago, The Blount Countian and Ed Reed forged a relationship as Reed Printing began printing our paper. The 12th was the last one they’ll print as they shut down their press.

While we have all enjoyed this partnership, each of us here is excited about what this change will bring. The Blount Countian will continue, and I hope that you see that it may even be better!

This change has given us an opportunity to meet some great folks who will now print your paper and who take great pride in producing a quality product.

It’s also given us an opportunity to make some changes to the look of our paper. We’ve been playing with different formats, fonts, layouts, and styles since September, slowly working towards a redesign. We knew that we would have to change the size (only by a half inch), so we decided that while we were changing, we might as well do it all at once.

I would like to thank Ed Reed and Marc Johnson for all they’ve done for me since I took over and for all they’ve done for The Blount Countian over the past 40 years. And I would like to thank all of those at The Sentinel in Jackson County for making this transition smooth and easy for all of us here.

Change will always come. Embrace it. It’s not always bad.

We hope you enjoy today’s issue!