Area mayors put new year into focus

Originally Published January 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
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A new year can bring more fresh beginnings than people just looking to drink more water or watch less TV. Businesses, agencies and even city departments can get in on the slate-cleaning action, too. Check out what Three Rivers-area mayors said about resolutions for their cities in the new year.

JACKSONVILLE

“This year, to be even more diligent in promoting our school system and our community colleges and universities that we have here in Jacksonville — they’re kept too much a secret.” — Mayor Gary Fletcher

Cabot

“My New Year’s resolution for Cabot is that we will be positive and proactive people for our community, with compassion in more than words for the needs around us.” — Mayor Bill Cypert

Heber Springs

“I resolve to ensure that every decision we make is for the overall good of the city and that every dime we spend will be done as efficiently and effectively as possible.” — Mayor Jackie McPherson

NEWPORT

“Continue to provide quality service to both our business and industry, as well as the citizens of our city.” — Mayor David Stewart

BATESVILLE

“My resolution for the city of Batesville and its citizens is to continue to build infrastructure and promote economic development for our community. My goal is to make Batesville one of the top communities in the state and make it a safe and healthy place to raise a family.”

— Mayor Rick Elumbaugh

SEARCY

“My resolution as mayor is to try to be more understanding of individual citizens’ needs and concerns. I have a tendency to look at the overall, total picture for the city. But when certain issues are so important and so big and so real to just one person, I need to make a conscious effort to listen to that person.” — Mayor David Morris

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