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For the New Year, I resolve …

The New Year’s resolution is a tradition that goes back to ancient times. At the beginning of every year, people set a goal — a resolution to do better or accomplish more than the year before. For some people, a New Year’s resolution is a private vow, but a few in the community were willing to share theirs.

“My New Year’s resolution is to put some positive programs on for our young males in this community and attend different programs that are trying to make life better for seniors and youth,” retired Police Chief Bobby Bell said. He also wants to spend more time with friends and family, and to continue loving God and living in his grace.

Nadelyn Watson said she wants to do more with gymnastics and complete school honor levels.

Pam Whitaker said her New Year’s resolution was to make fun of her husband less often. Whitaker followed up by saying her husband’s New Year’s resolution is to follow up with something nice every time he acts like a grumpy old man.

Sarah Carter said she just wants to be a better mother — and also improve her cooking.

“As a Christian, I just want to grow in my relationship with God,” said Caleb Garner.

“I resolve to be defined not be the circumstances I encounter, but rather by my reaction to them,” said James Bardwell.

Cassandra Hall said she is resolved to discover her authentic self and be more like her.