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2010 was a year of change, progress and losses

2010 a busy year for local schools

There was a lot going on during 2010 in the local public schools, and a lot had to do with the previous topic, the outstanding generosity of our citizens, which applies to our youth too.

Warrensburg Elementary School principal Amy Langworthy and a committee organized the school's first annual Burgher Dash footrace, and they raised substantial funds for the Warrensburg Elementary School playground equipment. This cause spurred fundraisers including basket raffles, a "Scrapathon" - or a marathon scrapbooking session - and a car show as well.

The Warrensburg school district public voted to lease busses instead of purchasing them, which is believed to yield a savings to taxpayers. In April, the school board voted on a budget reflecting no tax increase - the first such accomplishment in many, many years.

Later in the year, the Warrensburg and Thurman town boards held a joint meeting with the school district's Board of Education to discuss ways of keeping taxes under control, and they discussed shared services as a way to save money, as well as opening up school facilities for more community use.

Warrensburg's 2011 business scene

While there still are too many vacant storefronts in town and several businesses have closed their local enterprises, a good number of entrepreneurs have discovered market opportunities and launched new businesses in town, and they seem to be enjoying success.

Living here for 11 years and leading the local Chamber of Commerce for a while, I have witnessed many well established and new businesses flourish, and some flounder.

Since the economic situation could be better, I thought a good way to promote businesses would be a Business of the Month feature in my column - and it became a reality.

Some of businesses featured in Town Talk this year were Mario's Restaurant, Briggs Carpet Cleaning, Rebecca's Florist & Gifts, Plaza Hair Salon, Lizzie Keays, Spruce Mountain Farms, Griffin & Sons, Stephenson Lumber, Tax Express, and Hello Beautiful Hair Salon - all adding to the town's economic vitality. We wish all of our area businesses substantial success.

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