I was born and raised in this small town. For many years I hated the place. It seemed there was nothing to do and nowhere to go. I left, for a career, in my early thirties and pledged never to return except to see family. During my travels around the western part of the US and living in Texas for a few years, I found myself strangely missing this small town. The trees and the natural beauty of the place haunted my thoughts. There aren't many trees out west and I really missed them. I found this strangely curious, but there was something else. I missed the people. Those nosy people.
After 10 years away, I finally returned to see to my mother's needs and all the things I hated about the place seemed to fall away when, as if for the first time, I noticed the people were so nice and always inviting. The thunderstorms in spring and birds singing tunes of joy. Squirrels chasing one another in the back yards while neighbors traded homemade goodies across the fence.
I've really grown to love this place, it's beauty and it's people. They are always warm and hospitable even if they are a little gossipy, as you would expect in any town of this size.
There are some problems. I won't try to pull the wool over anyones eyes here. There are drug problems and thefts. A few break ins here and there, but not at the level I experienced in Charlotte, NC, Fort Worth, Tx. or even Cheyenne, Wy. There isn't much industry and hardly any good jobs. There is, however, a feeling of security. It wasn't many years ago we still left our doors unlocked and many still do...just not as noticable as before. My mother's door is always open to freinds or strangers.
If any of you choose to buy a home here and choose this small area in which to retire or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities, rest assured that you would be welcomed and would make many friends quickly. There are plenty of outdoor things to do and many churches to choose from. Race relations are good. Of course, there is always the wayward thug, but the police do a pretty good job of keeping the peace.
Anyway, come. We welcome you and your family and friends to live a more relaxed life; Free of the stresses of constant sirens and unknown neighbors.
We will gladly welcome you. RWE