The Advocate#039;s biggest annual edition

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pick up a copy of our Progress edition at our office or in Greenville.

Editor's Note: Included in the Our Education section of this year's Progress edition is a feature story on Dr. Mike Daniel of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and current director of the facility Dr. Jean Thompson. Daniel, who died late Monday afternoon, was scheduled to replace Dr. Thompson as director in the fall.

This section was sent to press well in advance of Dr. Daniel's death. We apologize, but hope you read the story and view it instead as a lasting tribute to a man we feel would have exhibited the same type of leadership for the future that has made LBWCC-Greenville a lasting part of the city's educational landscape. Dr. Daniel was an administrator, an educator, and a friend. He will be missed.

After months of planning, today marks the publication of Progress 2007, the largest edition published each year by The Greenville Advocate.

This year's edition includes five main sections, three tabloids and one glossy covered annual report from the Greenville Police Department.

For the fourth year in a row, The Greenville Advocate has named a Citizen of the Year.

&#8220This is such a great way for us to recognize those people in Butler County who do a lot for their communities but receive little recognition,” said Kevin Pearcey, Group Managing Editor of Greenville Newspapers, LLC.

The Advocate's 2007 Citizen of the Year is Roberta &#8220Bobbie” Gamble, a longtime supporter of the arts in Greenville and former educator.

According to Pearcey, the choice of Gamble as Citizen of the Year was an easy one, especially considering the tremendous amount of hours and devotion she has spent ensuring that the arts flourish in the Camellia City.

&#8220One only had to attend Mrs. Bobbie's birthday celebration at the Ritz last year in March to see how much she really meant to her former students and this city,” said Pearcey.

Returning to this year's Progress edition is the Greenville Police Department's Annual Report. This details the various crimes the city investigated in 2006 and it will also introduce you to all members of the force and the support staff.

Included inside for the second year in a row is a special Butler County Schools System tabloid, spotlighting all of the individual schools in the county and what makes each one unique. A special message from Superintendent Mike Looney is included, as well as information about school funding and some of the accomplishments made by the school system.

Progress 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.