Breaking news out of the St. Petersburg Times. Columnist Howard Troxler is leaving the newspaper. ***Updated***: Trox’s column announcing his move is now up here. Here is the Times’ internal announcement:
Howard and his wife Lynn Casey are relocating ?going back home actually ?to North Carolina. His last column will appear June 12th.
?This is the fulfillment of a longtime dream for us. We’ve been talking for years about a life up in the North Carolina mountains, close to our family and some of our dearest friends. Over the past few months we’ve been actively planning it. My friends ask me: What are you going to do? For starters, I’m going to unpack, make a new home, give Louie the Dog a long walk in the mountains every morning, and attempt to learn to make a fine fruit jam. As for what comes after that, we’ll see.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of the St. Petersburg Times and what it means to the state of Florida, and how grateful I am to have worked here for 20 years. It is more important and beautiful a beacon today than it ever has been. What matters most in democracy is truth and light — especially when there are so many people trying to avoid truth and light — and those are exactly what a great newspaper provides.
If you’re ever in Saluda, N.C., a little southeast of Asheville, there’s a restaurant on Main Street called the Purple Onion. My wife and sister-in-law started it 12 years ago and it has stayed in the family. I will either be sitting at the bar, or if I’m in the mood and they let me do it, waiting tables. In either case I will be a blissfully happy man.