Investing in the future benefits all

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

There have been a lot of changes taking place in the office lately. Changes that some of my co-workers say are allowing my true colors to show through.

At least that's what they think.

True, I've been a little cranky lately. A little meaner to some of the folks and yes … even a little more short-tempered to others.

It's to be expected though.

We're in the process of installing some new equipment and software that should make our newspaper one of the best looking in the country. In fact, this new equipment will be the first of its kind in Alabama.

And that's why I've been acting so snappy lately.

It's not fun to have all this new equipment being installed when no one's exactly sure what's going on. Well, at least I'm clueless on a lot of the stuff.

Sometimes, it's just too much for my little brain to try and comprehend all at once.

I am learning though.

Tuesday, for example, I finally learned how add new computers to our network. In the past it was as simple as plugging it in and pushing the power button.

Now, there's a special procedure and software installation that has to be completed before a computer can be added.

It's all in the name of security.

One procedure down, 100 more to go.

As for the new equipment we're adding, it's supposed to eliminate several steps of the printing process and give us, and you, a better, sharper looking newspaper.

It's a big investment too.

I've said before that I agree with some of the big CEO's in this town that before you can get new business and industry, you must invest in what you have.

And that's what we're doing here at the Star-News. We're investing in our business so we can give you a better product.

When we're finished, you'll be able to see the difference.

Also, once we've got the new equipment installed, there are more, better changes on the way for the Star-News.

We're looking at numerous ways we can serve you better in the coming year. Some of those include expanded services and news content.

But before I tell you what those changes are, I'd love to hear from you, the readers. What are some of the things you'd like to see in the Star-News?

We're also in the process of preparing our Profile edition.

This annual edition puts a lot of stress on our staff each year. It's typically dozens of extra pages filled with in-depth profiles of the people and places that make Covington County so special.

This year, the Profile edition will take on a new look -- one that deals primarily with the people that make Covington County a wonderful place to live.

Some of you may even be contacted about being interviewed.

It should be a great section. Stressful, but great.

As an aside, I'd like to say that the recent renovations to East Three Notch really do look great.

I remember going to the auditorium there (I was a Church Street kid), for the Dream Park kickoff meeting and sitting in those uncomfortable seats. Some of the seats didn't let down, some were broke, and some, well, some of them just poked springs in your rear end.

This renovated building really is something to be proud of. I just can't wait to see what lies ahead for Church Street.

And to my former first grade teacher, Mrs. Hamiter, it was great to see you again!