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Courtney McNaull, Ashland Source Staff Reporter

EDITOR'S NOTE: Zoe Elaine McNaull was born on Thursday, Aug. 22. Mother and baby are doing well.

ASHLAND -- Never before has a piece of news rocked my world quite like the news I received last December.

Finding out I was going to be a mom changed my outlook on everything -- my body, my health, my relationships, my home. And yes, my job.

I've decided not to return to my job as Ashland Source reporter following the birth of my daughter.

It's been a wonderful gig, but also an all-consuming one.

I am taking a few months off to get to know the newest member of my family. After that, I'll be taking my career in an exciting new direction. I look forward to announcing the details of my new job when the time is right.

Starting this new season of my life is completely exhilarating, and also completely terrifying. Based on my past experiences, I’m pretty sure that combination of feelings means I'm on the right track.

But enough about me. I want to talk about Ashland Source for a second.

I'm aware that my name and my face have been almost synonymous with Ashland Source for the past year and a half. I've joked about Ashland Source being "my baby," -- I fully expect to see how off-base that comparison is once I have a real, human baby -- and I've even heard people refer to ashlandsource.com as "Courtney's website."

The truth is, it's never been just me. Ashland Source was growing before I joined the team and I'm confident it will continue to do so in my absence. Editor Larry Phillips, correspondent Waylon O'Donnell and our entire team in Mansfield will work to make the transition as smooth as possible. The search for a new lead reporter for Ashland is underway.

Please help out the team by sending story ideas and press releases to news@ashlandsource.com or calling 419-610-2100 with news tips.

Though I won't be a reporter anymore, I'll continue to be an Ashland Source supporter and a Source Member. I believe deeply in the role of local news in a community, and I want to see it continue in the future.

I love that the Source is independent, locally owned, free to read and dedicated to telling the whole story of Ashland County -- highlighting not just bad news and problems but also positive news and solutions.

Thank you to all the readers, members, sources and colleagues who have made this the best job I’ve ever had. I hope you’ll keep in touch!

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