Local officials share their New Year’s resolutions

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By Brad Bowman

New Year’s resolutions come and go, and with area residents sure to make a few of their own, we checked with a few local officials to see if they had any resolutions for the coming year.


“Try to spend a little more time with my family and grandchildren.”

-- Henry County Clerk Juanita Lashley


“I have made resolutions like walking on the treadmill and it lasted for two days. I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I am a fan of setting annual goals.

“I like tangible things that you can check off as you go through the year and that give you a sense of accomplishment along the way.

“I’m still working on this year’s goal list, but a few examples include: completing the basketball court and picnic shelter at the park, a few planned activities with my kids, reading the Walter Cronkite biography I got for Christmas, and rebuilding a fence on the farm.”

-- Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent.


“Lose weight and have better health.”

-- Eminence Fire Chief Gary Lucas


“The main thing is to start working out.

-- New Castle Fire Department Asst. Chief Lorry Hansen


“I’ve never done New Year’s resolutions, but this year may be a good time to start. I need to quit smoking.”

-- Henry County District 4 Magistrate Nick Hawkins