Caldwell: Time to search for hidden gems

Published 9:53 am Monday, October 15, 2018

Channeling fictional hero Indiana Jones, The Winchester Sun is searching for priceless things that may be overlooked or forgotten.

Instead of gems and golden statues, we are looking for “Community Treasures.”

That will be the theme as we begin work on our 2019 Progress edition that will be the single largest, best and most-read publication the newspaper produces all year.

It will be a four-month process culminating when it publishes Feb. 23.

What are “Community Treasures?”

They are the people, organizations, businesses and heritage that truly make our community shine.

In some cases, it will mean we have to find the hidden gems, and that’s where you can help.

What do you consider the community treasures of Clark County?

Maybe it’s the elementary school teacher who has spent decades educating our youth.

Or perhaps it’s the business that goes above and beyond to make charitable contributions within the community.

Maybe it is the public servant who spends as much time off the job making a difference as he or she does on it.

Perhaps it’s the charitable organization that makes a lot of impact out of minimal dollars.

We want your input.

In addition to this input, a complementary part of section will be our Unsung Heroes.

This allows readers to tell us in their own words who they think makes an impact in the community.

We will feature as many of these as possible as a celebration of the individuals who make our community special, often without ever seeking recognition.

Our goal is to make Progress 2019 the best publication supplement The Sun has produced in more than 140 years.

But we cannot do it without our community.

Reader ideas and advertiser support will be critical components to make this the success we know it can be.

Each and every business here is a community treasure and this publication offers a great platform for targeted advertising to show why their business stands out, to recognize the employees who make the business go or simply to celebrate everything they do.

Again, we need your help. You don’t need a bull whip or a Fedora, only a passion for what makes our area special and the desire to help us find these “Community Treasures.”

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.