I am not much of an Anglophile. The whole Royalty thing, with monarchs, thrones and scepters, that just doesn’t appeal to me. But remembering that old television show “Queen for a Day,” I pose this question to you: If you were queen/king for a day, what would you do to make your community a better place?
Would it be simply to add a Whataburger, or Shipley‘s Donuts to the community? A new Walmart? If you could make all your bumpy roads disappear and have the roads re-paved (or just paved!). Or you could command that all powerlines be placed underground. That would make things look nice in a hurry.
What about the removal of ugly signs? Or if you could decree that all people must be nice and work well together.
The good news is that many of these things are being addressed locally. For instance, and speaking of royalty, there is a King coming to town… A Burger King slated to open in Navasota. Transportation is being addressed by TxDOT and our County Road and Bridge department. And your cities, county, and school districts are all working in the same direction for the betterment of our communities.
The bad news is it does not occur overnight, and there is no decree for unlimited funding to do everything at once.
In the 14 years, I’ve lived in Grimes County, there have been significant changes here, like the appearances of our communities and traffic safety improvements. Grimes County currently has the newest old town in Texas - Plantersville. And there is a great community pride in where we live. I believe the word is spreading about what a special place we have in Grimes County. Looking at what’s to come, there will be growth, no doubt. But even so, we can keep our small-town charm, right?
Hear ye, hear ye... I hereby decree. It’s good to be the king.
Johnny McNally is Grimes County’s Best Dressed Businessman advocating for Grimes County.