Count­ing our bless­ings as we start new year

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - Jackie Crab­tree Mayor

Happy New Year! An­other year is be­hind us and a new year be­gins, 2019. We as a com­mu­nity have so much to be thank­ful for.

We are blessed to have so many car­ing and shar­ing in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in our com­mu­nity who give back of them­selves with ei­ther time and/or fi­nances. Or­ga­ni­za­tions like Beta Al­pha, Bright Fu­tures, Li­ons Club, Op­ti­mist Club, Black­hawk Boost­ers just to name a few. Or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who care more about be­ing able to help than any kind of recog­ni­tion they might re­ceive.

Our area churches who work to­gether re­gard­less of the de­nom­i­na­tion name, to fill needs and pro­vide ser­vices to our com­mu­nity.

Our school staff and ad­min­is­tra­tion who work dili­gently to equip our stu­dents with the skills and knowl­edge to be suc­cess­ful in life.

Our fire and EMS per­son­nel who pro­vide pro­tec­tion and med­i­cal ser­vice to us and the sur­round­ing area.

Our po­lice de­part­ment who also serve and pro­tect us.

Our city em­ploy­ees who keep our streets re­paired, our water de­part­ment who makes sure we have safe drink­ing water and ad­e­quate sup­ply for our fire de­part­ment when needed.

Our city hall and court staff who keeps our city run­ning.

There is still yet an­other group of in­di­vid­u­als who make Pea Ridge the best place in North­west Arkansas, that is you! You are who makes Pea Ridge great.

May this year be your best year yet. Happy New Year!

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