Annual edition spotlights area

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 25, 2005

After months of planning, working, and reworking you have in your hands today the 2005 edition of Horizons, the largest publication produced each year by the staff of The Greenville Advocate.

This year’s edition includes approximately 66 pages of stories and photos about the people and places of Butler and Lowndes counties.

&uot;Without a doubt this is the biggest, most detailed project we do throughout the year,&uot; said Advocate publisher Dennis Palmer. &uot;The amount of work and detail that went into producing this year’s Horizon’s edition was extensive, but I firmly believe this year’s edition is the best we’ve ever produced. I’m very proud of our staff for setting the bar high and I’m grateful to our advertising partners for making it a reality and showcasing their businesses to our readers.&uot;

Once again, The Greenville Advocate Citizen of the Year is named in this edition and the county’s Unsung Heroes are recognized.

&uot;Last year’s award was such a resounding success and we were able to introduce our readers to Mark Gruenewald,&uot; Managing Editor Jay Thomas said.

&uot;This has turned into such a great way to recognize the people who work so hard behind the scenes and do so without desiring nor requiring recognition.&uot;

The Advocate’s 2005 Citizen of the Year is Joan Reynolds from Greenville.

Reynolds was nominated for her work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Another new section this year is &uot;Our Lives.&uot;

This section highlights one day in the life of the county.

The photographs were taken in the same 24-hour period throughout Butler County.

A section held over from last year is &uot;Our Support.&uot; This section highlights the people who work in official capacities.

This year we included profiles of churches and the military to this section since they play a vital role in supporting the American way of life in Butler County.

Also new to this year’s Horizons edition is the Greenville Police Department’s Annual Report.

This details the various crimes the city investigated in 2004 and it will also introduce you to all members of the force and the support staff.

&uot;When Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram approached me about the project, I knew it would be an excellent way to showcase our fine police force to the community,&uot; Palmer said. &uot;I commend Ingram and his staff for making sure the community understands what, and more importantly, who its police force is.&uot;

Due to the amount of planning and detail that goes into producing a project of this magnitude, the Advocate staff began working on Horizons 2005 in October.

The theme of this year’s edition is &uot;Better Than Ever.&uot;

The staff decided on this theme last year after producing what it felt was the best edition of the newspaper ever produced. With that in mind, the staff set out better that edition with this year’s version.

Horizons is the most time-intensive project of the year for the staff of Greenville Newspapers and is always one that great pride is placed in.

This is the staff’s passion for community journalism that reflects our belief that the Greenville Advocate does indeed chronicle the lives of its readers better than any other media source.

It’s passion about this community, passion for showcasing the Advocate’s best work, but more than anything it’s a passion for showing, through photos and print, the good things that make this community what it is, the best place anywhere to live.