To hear local leaders talk, 2005 is nothing more than the change of a digit.
Officials from the McDuffie County Board of Education, City of Thomson, McDuffie County and the City of Dearing say 2005 should be little more than a continuation of efforts began in 2004.
In Thomson, that means the implementation of a stray animal ordinance, work on water lines and the continued revitalization of the downtown area. All three projects are welcome initiatives that will only enhance our community.
In Dearing, it's farewell to the mayor. Ralph Menees has been at the helm of the city for seven years and led the push for water and sewer for city residents. It's that leadership that should continue.
In our schools, students will see more nutritious foods, and a series of construction projects -- including a new middle school. There'll also be a new school board chairman. And as long as the students remain at the center of what the board does, it's serving our best interests.
And then comes McDuffie County, were the thorniest issue is ahead. Commissioners have the prospect of a smoking ban in front of them and should not shy away from that.