EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) -He’s been “the guy in the know” in Perry County for 22 years.
Vince Leuke has decided to officially trade in his ink for beer.
Vince has been the editor of the Perry County News for two decades, and this week Vince says goodbye.
“Reflecting and reminiscing on the people that I’ve met, the stories I’ve written, and the kind of the experiences I’ve had in a small rural county like Perry County and Tell City,” said Vince Leucke.
Some of the community gathered at the Tell City Depot to express their gratitude, and share with Vince how he has impacted their lives.
" I think journalism has found that people are more apt to get a hold of you when they’re not happy about something or have a beef or a bone. You don’t always get those calls of a compliment or hey that was a good story so it’s nice to hear that" said Vince.
The newspaper may have been his first love, but now he’s is focusing on his second.
St. Benedict’s Brew Works in Ferdinand.
"I felt like I kind of had one foot in journalism and the other foot in a growing, brewing business” said Vince.
The brewery opened more than three years ago, and by leaving the newspaper Vince can brew full time.
And he already has big plans for its future.
“We’ll open daily starting next week in Ferdinand. The rock port tap room which is a neat historic building that will open hopefully mid September” said Vince.
The brewery is also looking to open another location in Jasper next year.
Even though his future is bright, the goodbyes today were still hard.
“I’ve kind of been a twice a week visitor to their homes and I’m gonna miss that. I’ll occasionally right a column when I’m inspired to do so, but it’s just a humbling and since of appreciation that I have had this time to be a part of their lives” said Vince.
Vince’s last day at Perry County News is Friday. He will start working full time at the brewery on Monday.