There is a lot of talk about improvements to the community. Tuesday night's city council meeting was packed full of visible progress both in the realm of community planning as well as a general overall air of cooperation between city council members and the mayor.

There is a lot of talk about improvements to the community. Tuesday night's city council meeting was packed full of visible progress both in the realm of community planning as well as a general overall air of cooperation between city council members and the mayor.

Generally Helena is cleaner than it was this time last year and we will see a lot of improvements including new garbage trucks, new police cars, and a new fire truck.

For ages the city council kept asking about what was being done for those that live here instead of just improvement for tourists. Adrienne Corbin addressed just that Tuesday night with the improvements done at three city parks. We are not done and we are not even close to being the great city Helena is capable of being, but change and improvements are not just imminent, they are happening.

Many vacant and falling-in buildings have been torn down and hauled off over the past few weeks. Tourist numbers are increasing, and the city is working on some major infrastructural repairs. Lawsuits are being paid off. Some city workers got a raise. There is no animosity in the city council meetings.

Yes, we are getting there folks!

We are less than 50 days out from King Biscuit Blues Fest and the KBBF office reports an increase in armbands sold and the Blues acts slated to perform are among the best. Linda Broome and her staff have been working very hard to make the 30th annual KBBF a success.

To help us highlight the multitude of clean-ups going on in the community, be sure to email us photos to rkelley@helena-arkansas.com.