As we continue our journey into a new year, it appears to be providing hope that last year surely damaged.
We all agree with the new and out with the old.
Even two well-known groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, and Sir Walter Wally in our beloved Tar Heel State, agreed the other day when they predicted six more weeks of winter.
The first day of spring doesn’t get here until March 20 anyway.
At least the two were together with their prognostication.
Here on the local scene and county-wide, the COVID numbers have finally started to decline, and the availability of the vaccine is also causing the drama of the issue to ease somewhat.
There is little that 2020 brought that helped us move ahead in anything.
It did create a wake-up call to remind us things can change quickly and make us realize the importance of things we routinely take for granted.
We are now seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, and right here in Mount Olive there are quite a few new things springing forth like the flowers we will all soon enjoy.
We have a new town manager in Jammie Royall, a new police chief in Jason Hughes, an interim town clerk in Sherry Davis and a new part-time finance officer in Bonnie Bray.
Certainly, all bring new ideas and have hopes of setting them in motion and moving the town forward.
Change often hurts, but in the end is needed for all involved to function together.
The entire world and Mount Olive is seeing change in motion.
The two little furry princes of the prognosticators sent out a good message when they both agreed on the end of winter.
COVID has tortured us for nearly a year, so six more weeks of winter is not all that painful.
Two groundhogs, one from the north and one from the south, got it together.
If they can do it, we can, too.
The recent COVID numbers give us all a reason to be optimistic.
On Feb. 3, the county reported 558 active cases and 191 deaths. There were 796 active cases on Jan. 14.
While deaths continue at a slow pace for already active cases, many of them were patients that had other issues as well.
It appears the steady decline of active cases can be linked to people cooperating with the ways to fight it and the arrival of the vaccine.
The numbers speak of optimism and that is something we have not seen in a long time.
Burrow on down for six more weeks of winter, but spring this year will hopefully bring more than flowers — widespread new life.
William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.