Tis the season
Tis the season, and what a wonderful season it is! I love this time of year, even though it seems to be the most chaotic time of year. Beyond the inevitable slew of Christmas parties, events, parades, shopping, decorating, and such, there lies a time of reflection, renewal, and thankfulness.
As you may have noticed, the seasonal lighting has already begun. At no time of the year is our city more beautiful or more serene than the Christmas season. The downtown lights are spectacular. The store displays are gorgeous. You can feel the excitement in the air. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
My favorite childhood memories of Christmas were of waking up on Christmas morning to a ton of new toys and gifts. It was an annual tradition to call each of my cousins to swap stories about the toys we received. Later that day, we would all meet up with our toys and play for the rest of the day. Enjoying that family time and closeness was the highlight of Christmas for me as a child.
Now, as I have grown older and have my own children, the excitement of giving is the highlight of the season. It is the simplest things that make children happy. As is probably the case with most who have small children, my boys seem to have more fun playing with the cardboard boxes that their gifts were packaged in than the actual toys they received. It is an absolute joy to watch.
Downtown Bolivar is beginning to experience growth with new and exciting business ventures popping up in the downtown district! Slowly, but surely, the days of open storefronts are dwindling. I encourage you to get out, explore, and enjoy Bolivar this Christmas season. Your support of our local businesses this holiday season will ensure that we can continue to build on that growth well into the new year. We are looking forward to a prosperous and successful year in 2020!
Finally, I encourage you to be thankful for the experience of Christmas and to take the time to reflect on the true reason that we celebrate this holiday.
On behalf of the City of Bolivar, the Bolivar City Council, and all of our staff, we wish you and your families all the best this holiday season!
Mayor Julian McTizic, Sr.
Meet Your Neighbor
Mrs. Joann Morgan
November’s neighbor is Mrs. Joann Morgan. At first glance, she is your typical mother of three, but her story is anything but typical. Joanne, a lifelong resident of Bolivar, is 59 years old and has been married to Larry Morgan for 37 years. In recent years, Joann has faced the tragic passing of a daughter-in-law and a son, after which she assumed the care of three of her grandchildren. During this time, she, herself, was diagnosed with cancer. She also faced the passing of two sisters whom she loved dearly. Earlier this year, her husband was involved in a terrible motor vehicle accident and spent months in physical rehabilitation. Larry was just recently released to continue his recovery at home with the family.
While we all experience adversity in our lives from time-to-time, it is our response to adversity that truly demonstrates who we are. Joann’s response was, “Prayer, lots and lots of prayer. God gives me strength; I simply cannot do it on my own. I am thankful for all that I have, and I am blessed,” she said. Joann’s full story was featured by Mayor McTizic at the 2019 Mayor’s Charity Ball.
As we journey into the holiday season, let us remember Joann’s story. While her story is one wrought with adversity, pain, and suffering, it is truly an awe-inspiring story of steadfast faith, undeniable hope, and unconditional love; but the greatest of these is love.
If you see Joann out and about, be sure to say HELLO! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
2019 Veteran's Program
2019 Mayor's Charity Ball
The Code Compliance Division of the City of Bolivar maintains Bolivar's status as a clean, livable city by ensuring property complies with rules set forth by the Bolivar City Council. The code compliance officer routinely patrols neighborhoods for code violations and to investigate complaints with the mission of abating issues and educating residents.
If you observe violations, please report them to Ricky Watkins, Code Compliance Officer, via the "Report A Concern" feature on our website, by phone to (731)658-2020, or by email to email@example.com.
Created with images by Євгенія Височина - "untitled image" • Tiard Schulz - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "Christmas Star" • Toni Cuenca - "Christmas Decoration" • Samueles - "printing mock up bingo" • Eliabe Costa - "untitled image" • geralt - "contact visit letters" • geralt - "information hand touch" Area photos by Sarah Rice