With less than a month to go, we will have time for positive impact

Published 11:23 am Friday, December 4, 2015

We are less than a month away from the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. It seems like just yesterday we were dealing with a brief ice storm that snarled highways, closed schools and gave us all a deep chill in February.

Wasn’t it just yesterday when heavy rains forced school leaders to push graduation ceremonies for Vicksburg High School and Warren Central High School both in the Vicksburg Convention Center on the same day?

As we approach the end of every year, there is a moment where you naturally take a look back at the year that was, the accomplishments made and the opportunities missed.

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When it comes to Vicksburg and Warren County, what will 2015 be remembered for?

Will it be remembered for new industries like Tan Tec, the opening of 10 South and the continued development of downtown? Or, will it be remembered for economic struggles tied to the decline of the oil industry?

Will 2015 be remembered for the celebrations such as the one for Super Bowl hero and Vicksburg native Malcolm Butler? Or, will it be remembered for the tragedies such as the murder of Sharen Wilson, and the discovery of her body near the abandoned Kuhn Memorial Hospital?

The year has been marked by interesting politics of a proposed sports complex that has seen tremendous discussion and countless variations. There were yet resolved political battles involving the type of government organization in Vicksburg, management of the fire department and a war of words between city hall and emergency 911.

This year has seen as one of its highlights the national recognition of the Leader In Me partnership between the Vicksburg Warren School District and the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

Improved testing and reading scores have also been among the most noteworthy results in 2015.

But, while all of these things —both good and bad, tremendous and tragic — have happened, there is one thing to remember; the year isn’t over just yet.

With less than a month to go, we still have a chance to make a positive impact on 2015 and end the year on a high note.