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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • One of the best decisions ever made

  • When I moved to Helena two years ago, I had mixed feelings. The only thing I knew about the community was its high crime rate. Little did I know that my relocation to the Delta would prove among the best decisions I have ever made.
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  • When I moved to Helena two years ago, I had mixed feelings. The only thing I knew about the community was its high crime rate. Little did I know that my relocation to the Delta would prove among the best decisions I have ever made.
    Fort Curtis was brand new and Civil War Helena was just getting going good. What began as a pipe dream of local historical initiatives has landed our community in the mix of tourist destinations in the South.
    Every time I attend a historical meeting in the state, people are always quick to note, "Helena has come a long way!"
    The city is cleaner downtown and slowly Cherry Street is under a new renaissance of sorts. Dedicated community leaders work hard to provide the backdrop of a professional and unbiased historical interpretation throughout the city and things are looking up.
    School test scores are up both in the private and the public sector. Enviro Tech is making progress in their new addition. Many locals are consistently recognized with their hard work. But what about our city leaders? What are they doing to keep our city moving in the right direction?
    One of the best and most proactive projects undertaken by a local community leader is a beautification initiative started by city council member Vivian Holder. Holder lives in West Helena and represents the residents in Ward 5. As I was looking on Facebook the other day, I noticed that Holder had taken the initiative to transform an overgrown lot into a community garden of sorts. She planted flowers and groomed the lot making it very pleasing on the eyes.
    It does not take a village to make a contribution to your community, but rather it takes a dedicated individual to start a proverbial domino effect of community pride. Holder will probably never get an award for her work, nor will she get much recognition for her efforts, but I want to use this column to thank all the Vivian Holders in our city for trying to make a difference.
    Instead of constantly hounding the city to clean up your neighborhood, it only takes a few hands to make a difference. With a consistent and realistic maintenance schedule, you and a friend could spend very little money to transform your area as well. Aside from my own yard, I maintain an abandoned lot, a park, and spend many hours doing the same kind of work Holder does. It only takes a few minutes out of our busy schedules, but a clean city is where we start.

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