A year of plans for 2007

Published 1:12 am Sunday, December 31, 2006

By Staff
I have a daily planner. As a matter of fact I have several that are brand new. One of the brand new ones has a beautifully embossed 2004 on the front cover. It's a beautiful green with gold embossing and is in pristine condition.
I don't guess I had any great plans for 2004 since I didn't use that one. I do have one from 2005 that is in somewhat new condition. The only thing written in it is a few birthdays that I wrote in after tearing off the cellophane wrapper that it came in.
The only one that has a good bit of writing in it is the 2006 planner that I have on my desk. I've written such wonderful things as when to take a picture, which city council group is meeting and what school is having a special program and when.
Since I began working full time at The Brewton Standard during the last six months of 2006, I've been pretty busy. With all the special ceremonies and meetings I've attended during that time, I've given the daily planner a pretty good workout.
I have a new planner ready to be opened and placed in the proper spot on my desk. As I usually do with a new planner, I look back a the previous one to see if there is something that needs to be carried over to the next year. In doing that, I have been reminded about some things I have done during 2006.
I have interviewed some very interesting people and taken a lot of enlightening phone calls. It's amazing what some people will tell you when you conduct an interview. I think that some people tell you things they don't really want you to print, but for some reason they feel comfortable enough with you that they realize you'll &#8220do the right thing.” I hope that I haven't offended many folks this year. I try my best to only print what is necessary to get the story told and leave out anything that will make people look silly or ignorant.
I have attended a number of city council meetings in both Brewton and East Brewton and feel privileged to do so. What an honor to be able to sit in and hear what our leaders are doing. At those meetings, I've learned that those people who sit on the riser and make decisions, really are looking out for the best interest of the people they serve. I also count it a privilege to know most of the people who have that responsibility.
The county commission is like that as well. I've learned that those men who govern this county are always striving to do what's best for the county as a whole and not just a few select folks. For those of you who don't attend those meetings, which are open to the public, I think you'd be amazed at how particular they are when making decisions.
I also spotted a few dates on the 2006 planner that brought back some memories of things that didn't make me feel proud or happy. There has been some sorrow in our community over the last few months.
I also make notes on my planner of where I've been and what pictures I have taken.
I have been to a couple of accident scenes that have claimed the lives of area people. Although it's part of my job, I don't particularly like taking pictures at a scene where someone has died or has been seriously injured. Taking those pictures when you are acquainted with the victim is not an easy thing to do.
Also on my planner is an entry to remind me about a murder trial and when it was supposed to take place. I went and did my job. It was not an easy thing to do since it involved the death of an infant. The jury found the man guilty, and I applaud their work.
As I open the package that contains the planner for 2007, I will be making a wish. It's a wish that I'll extend to the planner you have for 2007.
May all your entries be birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, or other such happy events. It's OK if you have to write in a few doctor appointments, but my wish is that it is simply for a check-up and nothing serious.
I'm wishing that my entries will be for ribbon cuttings for newly opened businesses, awards being given, concerts being presented and student-of-the-month events. That's my wish, but as we all know I'll probably be making some entries that won't fall into the &#8220feel-good news” category.
May your 2007 planner, and year, be filled with happiness and joy.
Lisa Tindell is a news writer for The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by email at lisa.tindell@brewtonstandard.com.