Well, it's happening again. A valued member of our WWAY News Team is leaving us to get married and start a new life.
I'll never forget the first second I met Cacky. She flew into ILM late one Saturday afternoon for the interview and the first thing I thought was, "Dang! You're TINY!" I think that's the first thing a lot of people say when they first meet her (some say it in their heads, others blurt it out not thinking.) We manipulate her chair on set when she's anchoring so she matches Chris. But when you see her in person, you know what I mean. In fact, Cacky came back from a Brunswick County Commissioners meeting one night and told us Commissioner Bill Sue had called her "Lil' Bit," as in, "You're just a Lil' Bit!" It was a great line and it'll always remind me of Cacky.
She was quick to charm me and Andy Combs, our General Manager, that evening at the interview dinner. Over wonderful steaks at the Bridge Tender, her soft Southern drawl, her quick sense of humor and her passion for news made this decision easy. She had the job if she wanted it.
She and Chris started about the same time. I remember bringing her in Sunday night so they could do a rehearsal together on the set. I was nervous, because sometimes anchors don't get along. These two, though, fast became best friends. And that's something special you could see on the air every night.
Now, two years later, Cacky has fallen in love. She and the other Chris met at a wedding last year and it was instant attraction she says. Problem is, she lives in Wilmington; he, in Fairfax, VA.
So, on Friday, August 2, she'll bid us all farewell as she works on her fall wedding in Mexico and relocating to Northern Virginia.
Cacky is one of those special ones that you hope stays forever. She's been a guiding mentor for many of our young reporters. She's a joy to work with, and I hope you've enjoyed watching her bring you the news.
"Lil' Bit," you will be missed... greatly. Good luck with this next step of your life. We only wish you happiness and contentment.