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Progress is out this Sunday

By Staff
Those of us here at The Standard feel as though we're coming to the end of a long journey as this week winds down. Or more accurately, the end of a long campaign.
That's because this Friday, we'll wrap up our final section of this year's Progress Edition, which we've been working on since last year.
Regular readers of the paper know what the Progress Edition is. Published each February, it's a larger and more in-depth paper than we put out at any other time. The idea is to take a broad look at several different aspects of the community, and package what we find in an edition of the paper that lets people know who we are.
Ideally, anyone unfamiliar with Brewton and East Brewton could pick up a Progress Edition and get a pretty good feel for the community from what's in its pages -- even more so than from a regular edition of the paper.
And ideally, our regular readers -- who already know the area well -- can learn something new about some of their friends and neighbors. At the very least, they'll be able to read some informative and entertaining features -- quite a few of them.
Progress 2004, which publishes this Sunday, Feb. 29, will have six sections, in addition to the regular news section. Each of the sections covers a different topic, a different aspect of our community, and features local people in their element.
One section, for instance, takes a look at the area's rich history of athletics.
It goes into the T.R. Miller/W.S. Neal rivalry, the great players our community has produced and even takes a look at the home lives of a couple of our teams' coaches.
Another section looks at unusual and interesting hobbies and activities some of our local folks are involved in, and readers may be surprised to learn of some of their neighbors' unique abilities.
We also take a look at our community's spirit of giving, at some of local industries, and at different aspects of the area's unique and colorful history.
Also featured will be a look at a 24-hour period in the life of Brewton -- with hours one through 24 marked by activities going on at the time -- and a special look at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital as that institution approaches its 50th anniversary.
Any one of these sections would make for some interesting reading. We hope that all of them combined go a step further, and paint an accurate picture of the community we serve.
The staff here has worked hard to bring you Progress 2004, and we hope you enjoy it. Don't forget to pick up a copy this Sunday.