It's Friday, nearly the end of the day as this is written, and the close to what has been a horrific news week. Put aside any stereotypes you might have about news people. We are not uncaring and cold. We are in the business of selling newspapers, just as car dealers are in the business of selling cars, but we do not try to sensationalize the news. As Tuesday's story unfolded from Callison Highway, we got to work and did what readers expect us to do: report the news, answer as many of the questions circling the community's collective minds. All the while, we were and remain mindful the victims of the shooting tragedy could have been our family members, our neighbors, our children's classmates, fellow members of a same church.
We have hearts, we have feelings. And that's why this week ended with more sadness for many of us at the Index-Journal as Friday was the last day Scott J. Bryan served as the newspaper's associate editor.
Scott's been with the Index for the longest stretch of any of his career stops. He was humming along just fine as our sports editor when an opening arose in then newsroom. It took a bit of coaxing to get him to apply, too.
IT HAS BEEN A REAL pleasure to work with Scott, certainly as the sports editor, but most especially in his tenure as associate editor. He mentored staff well and was instrumental in guiding a relatively small newsroom into the realm of producing big news. Many readers will miss Scott's touch in our news coverage, it is safe to say. Others, especially some who were the subject of that news coverage, will be doing a happy dance that Scott's moving on to be the editor of the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record. They shouldn't dance too long. Scott's gone, but the mission of our newspaper as the public's government watchdog remains in our fabric.
Many in the news business are not fans of farewell columns. After all, newspaper people are supposed to cover the news, not be the news. So while there's no accompanying column from Scott on the page, he cannot keep this farewell column off the page.
We'll miss you, Scott. Plain and simple. You're fun to work with. Your dedication to the newspaper is unmatched, as is your dedication to newspaper journalism. Real journalism. That's something the folks in Hickory will learn quickly.
WE'LL ALSO MISS YOU outside the office as you're a fun one to be around, be it on a smoke break, a lunch, a barbecue festival or just sitting ever-so-close to the pool with a glass of wine.
Come to think of it, Flynn's On Maxwell is really going to miss you. Word on the street is you provided roughly 33 percent of their weekly sales in premium beers and growlers. And Mill House is considering a price hike to make up for the loss in sales your departure will cause.
We are also happy for you, Scott. You earned the position you're taking; we know it is an excellent career opportunity. We wish you the very best in all you do. And we know you'll keep in touch, and not just through Twitter and Facebook, even though they do provide easy and fuel-efficient means of keeping the contact going. You have already promised to at least return in July for the Festival of Discovery. We're holding you to it.
Enough of this. Scott's not one for big farewells and certainly not one for farewells that focus on him.
Guess that's a -30-, friend.
Whiting is executive editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at 943-2522; email firstname.lastname@example.org ,or follow him on Twitter at IJEDITOR. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.