2012: A year to remember
We are quickly approaching the end of another memorable year in Rutherford County.
And, it has certainly been a year worth remembering.
We have seen things from a tornado in the middle of January to a hotly contested election, a proposed change to the hospital and just about everything in between.
No matter what news might have affected you the most, one thing is for sure, there was a lot of news to go around.
Through it all, we have seen the same thing through and through.
This community of Rutherford County has continued to embrace the good news and come together for the bad.
The outpouring of community support for a powerful storm that rocked the area of Ellenboro in the middle of January was immense and commendable.
And, even with a polarizing election that saw terse words sent across political lines, even in Rutherford County, we have continued to come back together and remember ourselves as a community.
We have seen the good times and the bad times.
Unemployment, while still high, has shown signs of a regression as more businesses are looking at Rutherford County has a potential home.
We cannot be satisfied at the amount of growth our community has seen until everyone has a job and a steady wage to bring home. However, there has been a lot of work to make that come close to a reality and the people, whether in front or behind the scenes, should be commended for helping those struggling for work in Rutherford County.
We have seen battle lines drawn over an election that drew both traditional rhetoric and strong words on both sides of the aisle.
But, in the end, we have to continue to keep things in perspective.
We are a community and we will rise or fall together.
It is not the work of one person that will keep us together or tear us apart. It takes all of us.
That is the one thing that makes our community stand above all others. Our ability to remember our sense of neighborhood and our sense of pride that comes with it.
As we approach a new year that will certainly be filled with both good and bad news, we would continue to stress the need for all of us to remember that Rutherford County is a great place to call home and a great community of which to be a part of.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark