Good luck, Doug

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Change is often difficult. It’s especially hard when you have to tell someone you care about goodbye. It’s even harder when that person is someone you have grown to respect and admire.

Such is the case this week as the staff at The Brunswick Beacon prepares to say farewell to a community icon—sports editor Doug Rutter.

For more than 20 years, Doug has dedicated himself to doing more than just telling the stories of sports in Brunswick County. He has invested time and energy into getting to know everyone from Little Leaguers to pro-athletes. He knows coaches, parents, staff and fans by name, and all regard him as fair, courteous and talented.

In his tenure with the Beacon, Doug has mastered the skills that make him an excellent newspaperman. He cares about the community he lives and works in. He cares about the people he writes about. He cares about this newspaper and the mark it leaves on the community.

Given the task of covering local sports, Doug has proven he can be fair and balanced, while finding ways to support and encourage young people as they transition through the challenging, but fun world of sports.

Doug has never been one to skim the surface. While some community sports writers focus only on the big sports from the biggest schools, Doug has worked hard to form relationships and provide a glimpse into everything from fishing and auto racing to golf, peewee sports and senior games.

Doug has been a mentor for many. Whether it’s sharing his knowledge of writing, photography and editing or offering tidbits about Brunswick County that only a long-time resident would know, Doug has left an impressive mark on this business.

He has garnered the respect of his coworkers, the community and his journalism peers. Through countless award competitions, Doug’s work has been touted as being among the best and we are thankful for the time he shared with us.

But Doug is much more than an accomplished sports editor. He is a funny guy with a quiet, contagious sense of humor. Not only does he have impeccable character as a journalist, but he is also a good friend, loving husband, doting father and family man.

Doug is a true gentleman who has touched many lives.

This newspaper, and the community at large, is definitely a better place because Doug shared his talents.

In the two decades he has dedicated to this community, it would be nearly impossible to tally the hours—many of them nights and weekends—he put into making sure Beacon readers always had comprehensive, quality sports coverage.

We hate to see Doug go, but we know how special he is and believe, without question, the skills and qualities he built here will be put to great use in his new profession.

Doug, from your respected colleagues and friends, we thank you for all you have done for us and this community. We wish you the best. You are truly one of a kind.