With today's Profile edition, the Press-Herald salutes the people, businesses and institutions of Minden and Webster Parish.
The theme for this year's installment of the annual publication, "Connected," is simple and to the point but at the same time gives a very true declaration of how far we have come and where we are going in the coming years.
And it shows just how far we've come since the Minden Press-Herald published its very first Profile way back in 1969. That's right, the paper you are holding in your hands is the 44th anniversary edition of a Minden tradition.
We have a rich past, and if this edition is any indication of what is to come, then the future is very bright, indeed.
From dedicated educators and medical personnel to a caring government and protectorate workforce to new and long-standing businesses, Webster Parish is a wonderful place to call home. Webster Parish is a wonderful place to raise a family. And Webster Parish is a wonderful place to make a life.
In this edition we show you what our leaders and other parish residents do to make our communities better places in which to live.
At the same time, we showed you Webster's past by providing a history of our local businesses.
By combining the two, Profile 2013 paints a clear picture of how we arrived at where we are today.
Now on to the work.
Profile is a major, multi-month effort that consumes many hours in both daylight and dark.
The small yet dedicated newsroom of Managing Editor Bonnie Culverhouse, Jeri Bloxom, Melissa Harris and Gregg Parks met each deadline and task in stride and took every effort to ensure our stories were detailed and quality works.
The sales team of April Guice, Curtis Mays and Advertising Manager Telina McVay spoke to each advertiser on several occasions before their ad went to press to make sure the messages of our Webster Parish businesses and other institutions clearly make their way to the public.
Once the body copy for the paper and every advertiser was well in hand, the composing team of Bruce Franklin, Jordan Wilson and Composing Manager Karen Gulledge made sure everything was put together and nothing left out of the total package.
The Press team of Paul Webre, Louis Mitchell and Production Director Dennis Philebar made sure the gallons of ink met with the long rolls of paper to produce a final product of which all could be proud.
Hot off the presses, the paper went to the circulation department where Circulation Manager Pete Covington ensured all sections were inserted and also took care of the readers who invested in today's edition.
Pete was then charged with working with our loyal and strong carrier force to make sure the correct number of papers went out and that those issues found their way to the newsstand or to the subscriber.
Then comes your part, enjoying a good read.
From Medical to Business and Industry, Profile 2013 is an attempt to encompass as much of Webster Parish's past, present and future that can be piled into one publication.
So take the time to sit back and enjoy. Read every line and examine every advertisement. The people and businesses that grace these pages are the same that help make Webster what it is today, a parish with a proud history and a very bright future.
Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. He is a two-time recipient of the Best Newspaper Column award given annually by the Louisiana Press Association.