The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

September 6, 2013

LEVINE: Progress section shows area's growth

Today marks another beginning of our yearly Progress section.

For weeks, Herald staff employees Katie Dahlstrom, Amy Kent and Samantha Pidde have taken photos, conducted interviews and written stories about the progress of the Gateway area.

It’s an annual section that requires our staff to not only report on the daily happenings of our area, but also devote time each day to completing these assignments. It’s a lot of work each year, and this year, the hard work and research that went into every story, is as noticeable as ever.

The section will be inserted every Friday in September and will have a new theme for each week. Today’s theme is Time to Change, which looks at the many developments happening in our area. And if you’ve driven around Clinton, there’s no escaping the amount of construction, whether road or building, being completed.

And that’s one of the highlights of today’s section. Many of the projects that have become yearly stories, like the wastewater treatment plant, Liberty Square, 19th Avenue North, and the Clinton Middle School, are either coming to an end or have an end in sight.

Every year since I’ve been in Clinton (five years and counting) we’ve had something about most of those stories. Many of those stories had pretty much identical information, with officials telling us these projects were moving along, sometimes slower than anticipated.

But now, those projects are coming to a close, providing a nice bow on some projects that have been planned and executed for multiple years. The section gives readers a glimpse of what’s happening in this area, and provides concrete examples of how much the community is growing.

It’s a good time to be living in this area. I’ve written about this before, but the amount of stories that we’ve written in the past year shows how the area is on the cusp of something big. This section just reinforces that notion.

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