Progress edition coming Saturday

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, April 25, 2019

In tomorrow’s weekend edition of the newspaper, you will discover the 2019 Progress edition, one of the most in-depth special sections we produce on an annual basis. In our Progress section, we strive each year to bring more long-form, descriptive and enlightening stories to our readers than the daily newspaper edition allows.

This is no small task to produce, and we are proud of the work that has gone into the product you will be able to hold in your hands tomorrow.

Our focus this year for the edition has been ‘What’s Next?’ With growth and consistent change throughout the community, we wanted to take the time to highlight what the future holds for a plethora of different industries, including renewable energy, education and the law enforcement profession. We have brought you stories from these different corners of our community, and our hope is that you enjoy them.

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To make a section like this possible and doable takes a village, and one of the most important pieces to that village are our advertisers who help bring this section to life. To our many community supporters who have invested in this section, we thank you for recognizing the value of a section such as this as a great vehicle to tell your story.

In the section you will be able to see tomorrow, we have produced stories on the changes that technology has brought to different industries. The law enforcement landscape is one of those industries. Gone are the days of police officers bringing only an ink pen, White Out and a clipboard on patrol. Technology has completely altered the way police departments and law enforcement agencies in general perform their work. We sat down with Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon, Chambers County Sheriff’s Major Mike Parrish and Lanett Police Chief Johnny Wood to learn more about how the work has changed and how it may change moving forward.

Additionally, we took a look at the renewable energy industry, and the work being done in LaFayette and across Chambers County as a whole. As the world seeks to make a pivot to more renewable energy sources, Chambers County is at the forefront of that work.

Stories on both Point University and the future of high school athletics in the area are both included as well, to provide perspective on the education sector as well as prep athletics.

This is one of our most comprehensive sections we have produced in some time, we hope you agree and enjoy the content within.