When I started at the Messenger-Inquirer in June 2012, my goal from the beginning was to cover local college and high school sports in a way that hadn't been done here before.

A year and a half or so later, I can honestly say that what I set out to do has come to fruition. Many of you follow along on Twitter with my updates and blog posts and interact with both good and bad feedback. That's the kind of stuff that makes this job fun.

And it's that relationship that I've built with you — the fans — that makes this hard.

My last day at the Messenger-Inquirer will be Jan. 23. This week I accepted a job at the Evansville Courier & Press as a Digital Content Producer. It's home, and it was an opportunity that I simply couldn't pass up.

As the title indicates, I'll work with the Courier & Press digital team. That's a fancy way of saying I'll be doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff with video, audio, managing the Web site and basically anything thrown at me that could be turned into a piece of digital content. There may be some writing involved here and there as well.

Frankly, it's where this industry is headed and it's a chance for me to stretch my legs, take on a new challenge and do some unique things, with both sports and news.

I've valued my time in Owensboro, and a big reason for that is because you all continue to be engaging, and it's evident that you really care about your sports here. I couldn't have asked for more in a job right out of school.

I hope I've served you well.

From what I understand, the Messenger-Inquirer has every intention to fill my position, but in this industry, that could change from day to day.

In any event, this blog will be kept open for whoever they bring in, and I'll do the same for my Twitter account, that way you're already following the next person.

You can always feel free to stay in touch, either by my personal Twitter account (@ColeClaybourn) or by email (coleclaybourn@gmail.com).

I can't say this enough: thank you for reading and following along.

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