Residents ready to take on 2016

As the new year approaches, a look back, a look ahead

Posted 12/23/15

With 2015 coming to a close, the Elbert County News asked five working people and business owners in Elbert County about their resolutions and goals for 2016, their wishes for others in the coming year and their impressions of 2015.

Tina Moreno, …

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Residents ready to take on 2016

As the new year approaches, a look back, a look ahead

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With 2015 coming to a close, the Elbert County News asked five working people and business owners in Elbert County about their resolutions and goals for 2016, their wishes for others in the coming year and their impressions of 2015.

Tina Moreno, Elizabeth

Moreno, an assistant manager of the Elizabeth Subway, was candid and direct with her goals for 2015.

“I am planning on quitting here and traveling with my boyfriend, doing bookkeeping for his company and to lose a little bit of my pudge here, after the holidays,” she said and patted her stomach. “I lost 15 pounds, then I gained it back just by Thanksgiving.”

Her wish for the future is that people would get along with each other and play nice.

“It’s just so crazy out there right now.”

In 2015, she learned to deal with loss.

“Elizabeth had a lot of people, young kids die, people that I knew,” she said. “I learned how to deal with loss and learned that life goes on.”

Hailey Schieffer, Elbert

Schieffer is a senior at Elbert High School and works as a server at Patty Ann’s Café in Kiowa three days a week. Her goal for 2016 is to graduate and join the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I talked with some recruiters, and they thought it was the best fit for me,” she said. “It’s more of a challenge.”

She wishes for the success of others during the new year.

“I wish that everyone else would be more successful and carry on with their dreams.”

Of 2015, she said it was a decent year.

“Everyone is not as strong mentally as I would like them to be.”

Lawrence Underwood, Kiowa

Underwood works behind the counter at the Coyote Market in Kiowa.

“None whatsoever,” was Lawrence’s response to the subject of setting New Year’s resolutions. “Never keep ‘em, so why even bother.”

For his fellow members in the community, he wished them good health and a happy year.

Underwood characterized 2015 as pretty fair, just another year, and then he added, “Can’t wait until the election is over. I’m tired of that.”

Randy Wallace, Elizabeth

Wallace, owner of Randy’s Antiques and Art on Old Town Main Street in Elizabeth, said he has no specific resolutions for 2016.

“I’ve been here for two years, and I’m just planning on staying,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve really enjoyed it. I really have.”

He loves art and antiques, and his hope for the future is to see Main Street succeed.

“That’s the biggest goal,” he said. “The hardest thing we have is getting people to turn the corner. Once they turn the corner, people love what they find. I don’t know how else to say that.”

In 2015, he enjoyed the street fairs held on Main Street.

“It seemed that all the people who came really enjoyed what they found here on Main Street.”

Holly Figueroa, Elizabeth

In 2016, Figueroa and her family will be dealing with the challenges of growing a new business. She is the owner of the Sawmill Bar& Grill, which opened this month, just in time for the new year.

“We’re bringing in a different kind of restaurant,” she said. “We’ll have sports going on the TVs. We also have four pool tables, so we’ll be doing leagues and we will be running tournaments.”

In 2016, she hopes for success and good health for the people around her and described 2015 as a very busy year.

“It flew by too quick,” she said of 2015. “There was a lot of planning for this opening. It was definitely a productive year, and a lot of dreams came true.”

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