Our thoughts Home­town Hero

The Covington News - - OPINION -

To­day we get the priv­i­lege of cel­e­brat­ing our Home­town Hero.

Ev­ery year, The Cov­ing­ton News rec­og­nizes a lo­cal who goes out of his or her way to make their home­town a lit­tle bet­ter.

But re­ally, it is a way to cel­e­brate and re­mind our­selves of the spirit that makes our an­nual Home­town Hero, the fi­nal­ists for the award and — new this year — the nom­i­nees such spe­cial in­di­vid­u­als.

In pre­vi­ous edi­tions, when de­scrib­ing our vi­sion of what a Home­town Hero is, we spurred read­ers to re­flect on those words them­selves, and nom­i­nate res­i­dents for this honor.

Res­i­dents rec­om­mended sev­eral wor­thy in­di­vid­u­als, who then were se­lected by com­mit­tee mem­bers from Gen­eral Mills.

Gen­eral Mills and The Cov­ing­ton News have had a long-stand­ing part­ner­ship for the Home­town He­roes. We, as a com­mu­nity news­pa­per, cel­e­brate all that is good in our com­mu­nity. As a com­pany, Gen­eral Mills goes by the motto “serves the world by mak­ing food peo­ple love.”

The two go hand-in-hand. Gen­eral Mills Cov­ing­ton Plant Man­ager Mark Bi­ble con­sid­ers his com­pany’s motto amaz­ing, both be­cause of the pri­mary con­cept and that com­pany lead­er­ship is bold enough to use the word love.

We would agree with his as­sess­ment, and that it is a key com­po­nent to the Home­town Hero.

We reg­u­larly cel­e­brate both our home and he­roes of­ten within th­ese pages. But the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the un­sung he­roes you will find on pages 5 through 8 of this edi­tion, who were nom­i­nated by our read­ers, voted on by our read­ers, and then fi­nally se­lected by a com­mit­tee with serv­ing and love at the heart of it — well, that’s some­thing spe­cial.

We did things dif­fer­ently this year. In­stead of se­lect­ing from he­roes that have only had their story told in The Cov­ing­ton News, we asked our read­ers to nom­i­nate can­di­dates. We asked peo­ple to rec­og­nize those around them that do more with­out ask­ing, give with­out tak­ing and work tire­lessly with­out ex­pect­ing credit.

Once nom­i­na­tions were made, the pub­lic could vote. Vot­ing only helped to qual­ify the can­di­dates in a ranked or­der for pre­sen­ta­tion to the com­mit­tee. This was not a pop­u­lar­ity con­test — that would fly in the face of the un­sung hero. This was a project to un­cover the best-un­told story of an un­sung hero.

Each nom­i­nee is de­serv­ing of the recog­ni­tion. Each per­son was con­sid­ered, at some level or an­other, to em­body the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a hero; to em­body what truly makes this com­mu­nity great with their giv­ing spirit.

The se­lec­tion of just one was nearly im­pos­si­ble, so we ap­plaud all nom­i­nees and es­pe­cially the three fi­nal­ists. As you will see in our Home­town He­roes’ sec­tion this year’s nom­i­nees were from mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions.

Whether you are 7, 14, or a bit older, you can be an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.

In essence, what Home­town He­roes all have in com­mon is in­spir­ing oth­ers.

We hope that the sto­ries of this year’s Home­town Hero, fi­nal­ists and nom­i­nees in­spire each of us to take on their char­ac­ter­is­tics of self­less­ness, love, hero­ism and sup­port of our home­town.

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