Progress reflects ‘Our Town'

Published 6:07 am Wednesday, February 27, 2008

By Staff
Did you know that Brewton resident Jane McMillan uses the proceeds from her beautiful drawings for mission work?
Did you know that in our area schools are a future meteorologist, criminologist and actress, among others?
Did you know there's a man in East Brewton whose dog helps him carry the groceries home each week?
If you read our Progress edition, which might have landed with such a thud on your doorstep this morning as to wake you up, you will learn all that and more about our community.
This year's Progress edition - a special section months in the making - focuses on the people and places that make Brewton and East Brewton unique. The theme, Our Town, reflects the many stories that knit our two communities together.
We have an entire section of reader-nominated Unsung Heroes, the people whose quiet work behind the scenes makes a huge difference in the lives of residents; we have a section about longtime employees of area businesses whose loyalty and hard work has helped build those businesses. We have sections about students, people and local service organizations.
We're proud of the product we produced, not only because of the hard work that went into the advertisements, stories and photographs, but also because this section is such a reflection of our community.
We all hear negative comments about our towns - from complaints that there's nothing to do to concerns about the differences that supposedly separate us as much as Murder Creek does.
But that's not the Brewton and East Brewton that I know, and if you look through our Progress edition this year, you'll recognize the friends and neighbors who make our community so great.
Take some time - it might take a while to get through all 80 pages - but enjoy Progress this year. It's a reflection of you, too.
Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by e-mail at

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