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Profile theme has answer to local woes

We apologize this morning to our print edition readers if the “thud” on your doorstep woke you.

This morning we deliver this year’s edition of Profile. It’s been a tradition for four decades. Each year, Profile takes a snapshot of our community through stories, photographs and advertising.

We hope you enjoy the edition.

For online readers, we’ll post a version of Profile on the website later this week. In a nod to our traditions in print only, we’ll give all of our print readers a first read through the edition before releasing it online.

This year’s theme is a fitting one as our community has embraced, in the last year, the concept of regionalism. That’s a fancy way of saying simply: working together.

Profile 2011: A Community of One, was inspired by those regionalism efforts.

Improving our community is as simple as one. If we realize that we are all in this together and work as one, the community will improve.

But also, if we just look at ourselves as individuals and ask, “What am I, as one person, doing to help?” well, that would get us moving in the right direction, too.

Also today, in conjunction with Profile, we’ll publish our annual Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes list, a tradition that began in 1986.

Former Natchez Mayor Tony Byrne earns our selection as the 2011 Citizen of the Year for all of his work through the years. Particularly interesting is that Byrne was the first Natchez mayoral candidate to openly reach across the arbitrary race line and seek support from all aspects of our community.

Byrne may be the best example of someone who understands both the power and the importance of working together, as one.

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