By Beanie Taylor -
Beanie Taylor -

Sometimes something happens in life that changes everything. I mean everything.

The plan was to change as little as possible for the next six months, but in case you had not heard, life is what happens when you’re making plans.

It seems recent months have been full of a lot of major changes that I was not expecting, the most recent of which is my position at The Tribune.

Today is my last day as a full-time staff reporter. While I will continue to be a part of the Tribune team, I will no longer be as readily available as part of the regular staff.

That does not mean that I will not be a part of The Tribune.

Sometimes a blessing is just so abundant that it overflows and that seems to be what has happened for me at the paper.

Because of my work with The Tribune, I have been presented with so many opportunities to write, and in ways that are so personally meaningful that I need to be able to share them more freely.

Things written in a freer style are not always appropriate in a local newspaper, so I will be expanding my wings in the near future.

There is no doubt I love my community and the people in it, and that love tends to be too obvious in most of my stories.

Although this style may not be appropriate for journalism, it is still useful and I will definitely be around making my voice heard as I adjust from the life of a full-time reporter.

You are certain to continue to even find me in The Tribune as I hike about capturing stories for Explore Elkin and the Foothills Arts Council, learn more about local history and people, and investigate happenings and inspirations like the Secret Santa Christmas in July event this weekend.

You may even find me in a column occasionally.

I’m not really saying goodbye in any real sense. We’re just changing the nature of our relationship, and that might make it even better.

Beanie Taylor is a staff reporter for The Tribune. She can be reached at, through voice mail at 336-258-4058, or on Facebook at

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