An announcement regarding Fulton Kentucky News
It is within our human nature to continue to do something as long as it works and makes sense. The phrase, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” can hold true to many things in life. Since 2007, I have had a hand in all things Fulton Kentucky News related, and since the fall of 2010, have been the sole editor, as far as the day to day operations go. I enjoyed creating original content for the site and knowing that I was providing a valuable service to the community. It is for that reason it is with very mixed emotions and much sadness that I announce the closing of Fulton Kentucky News.
I have been debating this move for a little over a year now and I feel that it is time for me to discontinue the daily news site. Many factors came into play but the most important one is my daughter. It is not possible for me to work my full time job AND continue to run the site as I have been able to in the past. Being able to support her and spend my time with her are two of the most important things to me and trying to juggle both jobs and do them both well has been extremely difficult.
This is a job that I continued to do to the best of my ability after the passing of my father. I continued to do this site in his honor for as long as I could. I never could have done this site for as long as I have without the love and support of many people. My mother, who was the co-owner with me of Fulton Kentucky News, encouraged me to only do the site if I wanted to and told me to make it more of my own. Likewise, Shelby Jones, my best friend, also helped me with the technical side of the website and allowed me to make additions that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do. Lastly is my daughter, Ailey Farmer, she is without a doubt the ONLY thing that helped me get through my darkest days. The love and comfort she gives me is unmatched by anything else. I would not be the determined, passionate, motivated man I am today without her. I would also like to thank the readers and community members who have supported both me and my father throughout the years. It was his interest in the newspaper business, his entrepreneurial spirit, but mostly his love for this community that put this project in motion.
Mike Farmer was a lot of things: a volunteer firefighter, EMT, & City Commissioner, to name a few. More importantly though he IS a son, uncle, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Not a day goes by where I do not think of him or miss him. I know that he would want me to follow my own road and not continue to do something if it became a hardship. I’m only 23, and I have a full life to live. Where I will be in 5 or 10 years I do not know. What I do know is that I was able help continue something that served as a positive entity for our local community.
My plan is to develop a media services company where I still can offer my creative skills in video & audio production, graphic design work, and much more to our community. The last publication date is this Sunday.
I’m excited about the things that are yet to come, but I am even more excited about taking the journey to get to them. In closing I will leave you with a quote that one of my father’s lifelong friends, Berry Turner, had in conversation with him during his battle with cancer.
“I know you are at the beginning of a very long and difficult journey, filled with a lot of scary unknown things to come. But always remember, the Lord promises not to put us through anything we cannot endure.”