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March 30, 2014

Scott Underwood: Sections offer look back at eventful year

I hope you enjoy reading the Annual Report sections in today's newspaper. This yearly publication recaps changes and progress in Madison County over the past year.

Thanks to strong support from advertisers, the Annual Report is more robust than in recent years. So much so, in fact, that we bumped the number of sections up from two to four.

Here is the list of sections, along with a little about what each contains:

Section C - Business & Industry

• City of Anderson landed investment in 2013

• Small businesses are "backbone" of economy

• Area makes economic progress

Section D - Community

• Hoosier Park sets a new stage

• Higher education alters offerings

• Clubs making lasting impact

Section E - Automotive & Housing

• Auto dealers make changes for 2014

• Suppliers churning out parts

• Housing market on upswing

Section F - Health

• Defibrillators saving lives

• County health rankings tell troublesome tale

• Hospitals adjust to new era

The past 12 months have been eventful ones in our community, and it's good to look back and reevaluate the ways the county is changing.

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In my column a couple of weeks ago, I warned you to be wary of Big Ten teams when filling out your NCAA tournament bracket. I also warned you not to follow my advice.

I hope you heeded the second warning rather than the first. Sure enough, despite my gloomy projections, Big Ten teams have done exceptionally well in the tournament.

As I write this column on Saturday afternoon, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin have all advanced to the Elite Eight, giving the conference a 9-3 record to start the tournament.

Not too bad — and further proof that you should never, ever listen to me when it comes to March Madness!

It's particularly maddening to basketball fans from Indiana that Michigan and Michigan State raided our state for a good portion of their rosters.

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