There will no doubt be several eloquent speeches about the promise that lies ahead in the new year and the great things that will be done for Georgians by our elected leaders.
That will all be well and good, but it won't be the whole story.
Columbia County school officials are expecting a lot on interested parents to show up Thursday night at Grovetown High School for the first of two presentations on a proposed rezoning plan for more than 20 schools.
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Randall Bao, (left) and Sgt. Tim Johnson went to New York City Sunday for the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjiam Liu, 32. Liu and his partner, Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot Dec. 20 while sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn by a man who announced on social media his intentions to kill police officers. He later shot himself in the subway.
Columbia County officials hope new stop-light technology, wider highways and an interchange design that requires traffic to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road will help its communities keep pace with considerable job growth at Fort Gordon.