Friday, May 20, 2016

Valedictory address given by Hayden Duncan to LCHS Class of 2016

(The following is the text of the valedictory address given by Hayden Duncan to the LCHS Class of 2016)

To start, I would like to thank all of you for coming here tonight. I would also like to congratulate the class of 2016 on making it through the insanity of high school and getting to that next big step in life. When I look at my fellow classmates, I see limitless potential and a group of hard workers. Although there are some that may not have put as much effort into class work as they could have, I truly believe every single one of you will put forth the effort to make something of yourselves in the future and become successful. By “successful,” I don’t mean living in a huge house, driving a nice car, and making tons of money (although I do wish that all of you could have that). One of the best descriptions of success I’ve heard comes from comedian and actor, Marlon Wayans who said, “Success is not a destination but a road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it.” 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Discussing Vernon's Future (Introduction)

by Chris Robertson

I noticed the other day while perusing notes from recent city council meetings that the mayor and all current council members are seeking re-election. This made me reflect for a moment on both what the current administration has achieved and on what I would like to see from the next administration.  In an effort to encourage issues-centered conversation between Vernon's citizens, the incumbents, and their potential challengers, I will be submitting a small series of op-eds listing my hopes and concerns for Vernon's future over the coming days. But before doing so, I would be remiss not to recognize some of the most notable achievements that have occurred under our current administration's leadership.

The City Center/Auditorium has become a true source of pride for us all. It's hard to remember that building as the one I attended high school in some thirty years ago. The refurbishing and modernization have created a beautiful, functional building. The downtown murals, lampposts, and flower pots have brightened up a lot of old bricks and given character to the area. The city park looks better than it has at any point since it was built. The additions of a splash pad, playground equipment, and very nice landscaping have not gone unnoticed.

Now, let's get ready to discuss the future. What do you think, Vernon? What is on your wish list for the new administration? I talk to people in town every week who express both their happiness and frustration with our leaders. Remember, communication is key! Stay tuned...

Chris Robertson is a 1985 graduate of LCHS and spent 16 years with Flowers Foods before health issues forced his retirement in 2004. He now devotes his time to his faith, his family, and arguing with "progressives". Follow him on Twitter at @chipinbama