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I want to always be transparent with my readers so I wanted to catch you up on some things that have been happening in my personal life. I applied for an incredible job opportunity at Western Carolina University and went through the interview process and last week they offered me the job! I was beyond excited. Finally, something that would allow me to take care of my family financially and have more structure to be able to balance my professional career and being a mom… I accepted the job and was incredibly excited. 

Then, I learned that I would have to quit writing the Southern Scoop entirely. Not only that, but I would also have to quit writing for the Macon County News and the Highlands Newspaper. At that point, I put the brakes on my decision and really did some soul searching. 

All I have ever wanted to do is write. I believe that knowledge is power and I take great pride and responsibility in helping to ensure my friends and neighbors are as informed and up to date as possible. I launched the Southern Scoop because I believe that despite being geographically isolated in WNC, we deserve and have a right to be informed… so the idea of all of that going away weighed really heavily on my heart. I have written for newspapers serving this area for over a decade and as much as I wanted… and needed that consistent financial stability for my family and would have loved to work for WCU… I ended up declining the job offer. 

The truth is, the Southern Scoop does not even begin to pay the bills. I spend about 20 hours a day, seven days a week keeping it going and with very limited advertising, it doesn’t really even buy my family’s groceries… but that isn’t why I started the Southern Scoop. I have an obligation to keep our community informed. We are heading into election season and information is more important than ever. While I hope and pray that the general public and local businesses see the value in The Southern Scoop and are able to advertise when their own businesses recover, even without that financial incentive, I need to keep providing constant, reliable news for Western North Carolina. 

Thank you all so much for your continued support and for turning to The Southern Scoop News for all your news. I appreciate you more than you will ever know!

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