What do you have to be Thankful for?
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I know Thanksgiving is over, but shouldn’t we be thankful every day? I know I am most thankful for the mercy and grace that Jesus gives us. That through his sacrifice, we can be forgiven our transgressions and have eternal life. We all are thankful for family and health, shelter, food and the necessities of life. But beyond that, as McCreary Countians, what should we be thankful for?
I know we sometimes take our county for granted. Let’s appreciate what we have. Scenic beauty that is unsurpassed in all the state. A low crime rate. Sure, we aren’t Lexington, Bowling Green or even Somerset. We are not trying to be these other places. We have our own niche. It’s a community where everyone knows everyone, and we look out for each other. The people of McCreary County are proud of their heritage and who they are. We are also quick to help someone in need.
Did you know that we have broadband and water coverage that is superior to most of the state. Just taking the ten-county area of the Lake Cumberland District alone, we are the only county with 100% Broadband coverage. We have city water available to over 95% of our citizens. Our Water District is second to none. Our utilities are as cheap as any in the state. I know this because of the conferences I attend with other Judges; they discuss their counties’ shortcomings.
Look at our Ambulance Service. We have vehicles, facilities and equipment that are superior to many cities twice our size. We have an abundance of medical facilities for a county of this size. Check your roads out and compare them with roads in the surrounding areas…. you will see that we have much better roads to travel on. We have more law enforcement than we ever have had. We have all VOLUNTEER fire departments, along with a Rescue Squad.
Small businesses can start without a lot of the regulations and restrictions that you have in other municipalities. Do you think that it is a coincidence that we are having more and more people move to our county from states across this nation?
What about our County Parks. We have splash pads, baseball fields with state-of-the-art lighting, walking trails, pavilions, and community buildings. Our Senior Citizens Center is quite a gem. Sandhill Park is a great economical place to camp and there is plenty of space to hold a variety of events.
I feel like we have a very good school system. We have dedicated staff that care about our kids and giving them every opportunity to succeed.
This is a county where you can still worship how you want, without any restrictions or government overreach.
You know, today is our lucky day! Let’s take advantage of what we have and give thanks to this beautiful place God has given us.
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