January 07, 2009 As we zero in on another New Year, like many of you we're reflecting on the past 12 months and planning for the next round.
As much as things are in a constant state of flux—such is the nature of life—we've noticed one constant that sets the Tri-City area apart: A lasting sense of community.
For the past several weeks our pages have been filled with stories of people young and old getting together and reaching out to others in need.
Despite the problems, stress and hardships imposed by a world that seems a little off kilter, life in our small towns remains relatively quiet and safe.
Law enforcement personnel, firefighters, EMS technicians and road crews prove their dedication to the people they serve on a daily basis—and unlike life in big cities most of them are our neighbors and/or friends or at the very least just a phone call away.
Entrepreneurs, local growers and artists continue to pursue their dreams in an effort to enhance the rural lifestyle. Not all are success stories—some are met with naysayers and negativity—but that hasn't extinguished their creative sparks.
These things and more have been reflected in our pages for going on 30 years. That sense of community, despite whatever else is going on in the world, is a constant we appreciate and depend upon.
As we approach 2009, we again dedicate ourselves to continuing to reflect the local stories that count—and our commitment as a proud member of a truly special community.