The holiday season is upon us once again! It is a time to enjoy being with family friends and to reflect on the past year. The City of Newbern enjoys the time to celebrate and fellowship during the holidays and that was evident during our annual Christmas Parade. As usual the turnout was excellent and it was a great success. We would like to thank the Rotary Club as well as the employees of the city for the time and effort in putting together this wonderful event.

As I mentioned before this is a time of reflection of the past year and as a city we have had a great deal of successes. Our downtown renovation project has made great strides in making our town a source of pride to all of its citizens. It is my belief that upon completion of this project that Newbern will be an example to other small towns throughout the state. We also have had an excellent year for small business growth. When you go downtown and throughout Newbern you can’t help but see an upward trend in this area. All of the credit goes to the business owners as well as the citizens who support them. During this holiday season I ask you to look local when coming up with gift ideas. Your contribution to these businesses are greatly appreciated.

In closing I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as well as a Happy New Year. It is my hope that the coming year brings as many blessings to this town as we have received in 2017.

Mayor Justin Wrigh