It has been a great ride, and I am glad you came along

I have been writing this column for the last 8.5 years, and I have enjoyed every moment. The numbers of kids’ pictures that have appeared have made for countless numbers of smiles for moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends — not to mention all the newspaper clippings that have been added to scrapbooks and photograph albums in homes all across the county.I am telling you this because all good things must come to an end. Due to some changes at the Poteau Daily News, I regret to say that this will be my last regular weekly column. I fully intend to write some from time to time in the future. Hopefully, I will be able to write a few times during the fishing season, during turkey season and, of course, deer season so I can get more kids in the paper.Editor's note: Look for the latest “Outdoors with Jody Ray” column by Jody Adams in a later edition.• • •E-mail questions or comments to