The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 6, 2013

LEVINE: Progress section shows area's growth

By Scott Levine
Herald Associate Editor

---- — 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.

The biggest part of becoming a vibrant community is the individuals who help lead. That’s why this year we’ve revamped the Progress section a little, giving a two-page spread each week to eight people who are making a difference in our community.

We are profiling three sectors of individuals — people younger than 40, women and volunteers.

These stories show a different side of the people who are regularly in the news.

Feel free to take an extra few minutes looking through today’s Clinton Herald. No one in the area offers more local stories than we do, and today’s regular newspaper and the Progress section is a culmination of hard work and long hours by the Herald staff to bring readers the best local content possible.

We go through this each year to bring you information on what’s happening in our community and highlight those who are contributing to the growth of our area.

Weekly picks

I got off to a decent start last week at 22-4, with two of my losses being Iowa and Iowa State. That’s the last time I let my heart pick over my head.

The Cyclones were dominated by the Panthers. David Johnson, of Clinton, showed why the Cyclones should have offered him a scholarship, accounting for four touchdowns and adding to his track record of performing great against FBS competition.

Iowa, on the other hand, probably should have won its game, but the Hawks once again found a way to lose, which has become a dominant issue over the last year.

Luckily, I can’t lose with Iowa State again since it is off in preparation for the showdown with Iowa, and I’m pretty sure the Hawks will beat Missouri State.

Like always, feel free to go toe-to-toe with me, and log on to and click on the College Football Sweepstakes. If you do well, you will be in a drawing for a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate.

Overall record: 22-4

This week’s picks

Florida at Miami; Oklahoma State at UTSA; Southeastern Louisiana at TCU; Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky; Houston at Temple; Missouri State at Iowa; Indiana State at Purdue; Army at Ball State; Western Carolina at Virginia Tech; Maine at Massachusetts; Oregon at Virginia; Buffalo at Baylor; Toledo at Missouri; South Carolina at Georgia; Syracuse at Northwestern; Navy at Indiana; Sam Houston State at Texas A&M; North Texas at Ohio; Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech; Notre Dame at Michigan; Minnesota at New Mexico State; Texas at BYU; West Virginia at Oklahoma; San Diego State at Ohio State; Old Dominion at Maryland.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at