These are the last words I will write at The Bolivar Commercial. I have written and rewritten them for well over a week and everything seems to be inadequate. How do you condense 27 years of life, love and experience into just a few sentences? Since the announcement of the newspaper’s closing, I have cried with not only my loss but also with the loss, which will be the community’s. I have laughed with friends over moments shared at the BC. I have pounded my pillow at night at the injustice of losing my job and the closing of the paper. I have railed at the plight of journalism in a technological world. The past month has been nothing short of a roller coaster of emotion. As an employee of a newspaper, but especially as a member of the newsroom, you feel like a contributing part of each festival and event organized for the community. I know I have with every Octoberfest, Crosstie, Ruleville Roast, Septemberfest, Shaw Homecoming and more. Thank you all for that feeling. Thank you also to every employee, current and past, of The Bolivar Commercial. You have all had an influence on the person I’ve become. As family, we have had good times and bad times and even loud words. However when push comes to shove, we’ve always been a strong force to reckon with when bonded together. I know of at least one who will go, ugh, but I love you all. I hope that though our days at the BC have ended we will still be family because my life will be dimmer without you in it. The memories and tears are flooding me now as I think on people I’ve meet, places I’ve gone to and things I’ve seen. Bolivar County and the Delta are truly remarkable places and it has been a pleasure writing here. I hope you remember The Bolivar Commercial fondly. Those of us who have served her have tried to be honest and fair in everything we’ve done. My mother is the strongest person I know. Three rules she instilled in me: Treat others as you want to be treated; Work hard and learn all you can at the job; And, everything happens for a reason. It’s this last one I’m holding onto tightly right now. I don’t know what the future holds for me, or for the community, but I know God has a plan. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and to serve you. It has been an honor and privilege.