Caldwell: New recurring features showcase community

Published 9:17 am Saturday, March 11, 2017

Most people are creatures of habit — to one degree or another — and our news team wants to make sure those repeated routines include reading The Winchester Sun every day.

With that concept as a driving motivation, Monday will mark the launch of our new weekly features designed to better showcase several vital parts of our community and give readers something to look forward to each and every day.

We will start each week with a new Monday feature called The Dart. Managing editor Whitney Leggett and the team will basically throw a dart at a map of Clark County and go find a story where it lands.

This feature will help our readers — and us — discover some hidden gems of Winchester and Clark County, finding stories that wouldn’t get told otherwise.

Tuesday’s edition will include a Volunteer of the Week, a Q&A feature sharing the stories of some of the amazing people who give their time selflessly to make our community a better place.

Each Wednesday we will run a Meet the Teacher human interest story to celebrate the men and women who are shaping the future of Winchester and Clark County.

Thursday will be the Business Spotlight showcasing a new, expanding, changing or interesting business and the people who make it go.

We hope to help readers plan their time off from work and school with Friday’s feature we are calling the Weekend Outlook. It will feature a glance at a key activity coming up that weekend as well as offer a look ahead at upcoming things to do.

Our Saturday/Sunday weekend edition won’t change yet but will soon include an in-depth feature or enterprise story that goes beyond the surface of important issues and really looks at the impact here in Clark County. Our working name is A Closer Look but that may change.

We also plan to implement several other regular items to encourage reader engagement and submissions.

You Asked will be a monthly feature where The Winchester Sun news team will seek the answers to questions asked by readers about something to do with Winchester and Clark County’s past, present or future.

Send us your questions at youasked@winchestersun.com.

With Fix It we want readers to submit a photograph of something on public property that is broken and needs attention. Not only will it be published in the paper, we will also communicate with our city and county leaders in effort to improve our community. We will print the victory moments too when something is fixed!

Send us your photos at fixit@winchestersun.com.

In our sports section the Trophy Case photograph will recognize an athletic achievement by an individual or team. We urge coaches, parents and even the athlete themselves to submit a photograph and a brief write up about the achievement.

Send us your photos at trophycase@winchestersun.com.

Our goal remains the same: Make The Winchester Sun the best community newspaper in the state. Developing those readership habits and showcasing all the great things going on here in Clark County are important steps in that process.

Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. He can be reached at (859) 759-0095 or by email at mike.caldwell@winchestersun.com.