December 30, 2009 Despite the economic and political challenges, a brief look back at 2009 proves that Tri-City area residents are resilient, generous and grateful.
Along with the 'hard news' stories—break-ins, fires, accidents, tragedies—we've been able to share stories of hope, generosity and gratitude from our readers, the very heart and soul of this hometown newspaper.
From students working together on a community service project to neighbors putting themselves in harm's way to help out, 'packing parties' for troops overseas or area alumni who've made it a point to give back to their hometown, our pages have reflected the spirit of the residents we serve; people who prove time and again that the rural lifestyle we enjoy is worth nurturing and preserving.
As a New Year dawns, so will a host of new stories created by ordinary people who do extraordinary things—regardless of economic and/or political challenges.
We look back on 2009 with gratitude to our loyal readers, advertisers and supporters—to those who share their stories, thoughts and opinions with us.
As 2010 dawns, so does our renewed commitment to providing hometown stories that reflect the resilience, generosity and spirit of the unique communities that make the Tri-City area a great place to live and work.
We extend our heartfelt hope for a brighter New Year for all.