2018 was legit … here’s to hoping 2019 is even better

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Ready or not, 2019 is here, as New Year’s celebrations took place yesterday to celebrate the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Where has all of the time gone?

This past week, our staff has worked to recap the happenings of the past 365 or so days for you, creating our Top 10 lists for both the world of news and sports.

We put a lot of time into our lists. We believe you all will enjoy looking back at the past as much as we enjoyed writing about it in a trip down memory lane.

While we created the list, one common theme remained present and prevalent — we believe the Houma-Thibodaux area is a more progressive place now, in Jan 2019, than it was this time last year when we were ringing in 2018.

In Lafourche Parish, we celebrate Schools Superintendent JoAnn Matthews for a swan song and beautiful final act, helping guide the system to an A-grade and a top ranking in the state.

We also salute the work of Sheriff Craig Webre and his staff for the near-completion of a new, state-of-the-art jail that will better equip the parish to not just house inmates, but also turn them back into productive citizens so that once they’re released, they’re never housed again — an asset that will benefit people in our area for years to come.

In Terrebonne Parish, we salute the work of elected officials for helping to ensure that our area is better protected from storms than ever before.

Countless projects totaling millions — if not billions — in funds are on the books and several lawmakers have touted that we are safer now than we have ever been.

That is an accomplishment.

We also applaud strides made by our recreation department in the past 12 months. Though the headlines have not always been rosy in the past 12-24 months, we concede that there are legitimate efforts at change and there is more transparency now within the department as there ever was before, so that, we believe is a positive step forward.

But perhaps the most important atta boy that we have to hand out in 2018 is to you, our readers, for taking such an active role in dictating the future of our community.

Voter turnout for the mid-term election was solid and voters drew a firm line in the sand — in both parishes — that they were against efforts to affect taxing.

Whether one agrees with the decision that voters made in 2018 or not, we applaud the effort that you took fate in your own hands and made a difference.

Staunch advocates for topics on social media and also live at public meetings have used time, energy, resources and most importantly, a strong, passionate voice — all throughout 2018. And with that strong, passionate voice has come change and a continued progression toward a better, brighter future.

We, at Rushing Media, hope to be part of that better, brighter future, as well.

Our team has worked tirelessly over the past 2 months to create a plan for the upcoming year. We have had long, honest conversations with ourselves about things we believe we do well, things we think we can be better at and things we don’t currently do, but think we can do in the future.

We’ve developed a plan that will be multi-pronged and which will introduce a lot of new, exciting things into the local media market.

Specifics will come out as we get closer, but we want you to know that your energy to control the future has inspired us and we want to be part of that wave of energy, as well.

So in behalf of everyone on the Rushing Media Team, we would like to wish a belated Happy New Year to everyone in the Houma-Thibodaux area.

For as good as 2018 has been, we hope that 2019 is even better and brighter.

We have faith in the people of this area.

We have no reason to question that brighter days are in our future.