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Small Town, Big Resolutions

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Everyone has a New Year's resolution, and for towns in Central Louisiana it's time to look forward to a new year of change.

For some towns in Central Louisiana, a new year means new opportunity.

"I like small towns, I was raised in a small town, and I like living in a small town," said Woodworth resident Beckie Eagles. 

Just because the town is small doesn't mean residents and mayors stop thinking big.

"Continue to roll our sleeves up, work hard, people know what we're doing and just strive to improve never get complacent," said Jonathan Dean. 

For small towns like Ball and Woodworth, resolutions revolve around eliminating the challenges of 2013 while moving into the new year.

"We just got to be grateful for what we have, what the people have allowed us to have, it's theirs anyway and they provide the tax for it and all for us to work. We need to work within those tax dollars and not continue to spend spend spend," said David C. Butler.

"My resolution, just to work hard protecting our citizens, especially our most vulnerable, our seniors and our children, living a healthy lifestyle, promoting a healthy lifestyle," said Dean. 

For residents it's a year they hope will bring a better sense of community.

"More things for people in the community to be involved with. We have parades, we have Halloween and things that go on but some more things like that to bring this town together as a community," said Eagles.

Others just want to see their community grow.

"It's leveled out, and it's going to go somewhere. It's not going to go backwards, it's going to go forwards for sure," said Harold Whited.

The mayors we spoke with say they expect 2014 to be a big year for residential development in their towns. The Mayor of Woodworth says plans are in the works to start on a new high school for the town.

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