Locals make their resolutions

Published 1:02 am Saturday, January 2, 2016

Two days into 2016, most people have stuck to their new year’s resolutions.

Most of those interviewed said their resolutions centered on exercise and health, diet, personal relationships and finances. Some focused on making Bogalusa a better place.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette’s resolutions focused on familial relationships.

“I just want to be a better mom and to be a more attentive daughter and granddaughter,” Perrette said.

Franklinton Mayor Wayne Fleming thought about his town when it came to his resolutions.

“I want to do everything I can to see the citizens of Franklinton have a good year,” Fleming said.

Twelve-year-old Annunciation Catholic School student Bella Arnold focused on her education.

“My new year’s resolution is to make better grades in school so I can go to St. Scholastica Academy in Covington,” Arnold said.

At 85, Jack Lee said he simply wants to remain on the right side of the law.

“I just want to stay out of trouble,” Lee said with a grin over a cup of coffee with Tony Mumphrey. “I get in a little bit of trouble every now and then.”

Mumphrey’s resolution is the same as years past: nothing.

“My new year’s resolution is to quit smoking, take care of my beautiful granddaughter and lose weight,” Melissa Frilot said.

Mike Hall said his intention is to be a more loving and caring person to his four children and 11 grandchildren.

“My resolution is to be a better son, father, grandfather and person,” Hall said.

Dereke “C-Dog” Slocum also wanted to remain trouble-free.

“I want to do better than I did last year in all aspects,” Slocum said. “If you know me, that is making a statement in itself. I try and help anybody I can.”

Bogalusa’s Clifton Roberts has a desire to be more spiritual.

“My resolution is to love people more and to grow in Christ,” Roberts said. “God is good. I expect to keep my resolution without a doubt.”

Roberts’ brother, Bobby Sartin, said he hoped to be an overall better person.

“I just want to be better than the last year and hope for more peace, love and happiness,” Sartin said.

“We both want to help our city grow,” Roberts said.

Walmart employee Erick Miller had a simple resolution.

“I just want to have a blessed and better year than the last year,” Miller said.

John Scott Martin said he would be happy if he sees a new year.

“I just want to see another new year. I’m just glad to be alive,” Martin said.

Venice Hughes desired a more peaceful world.

“I want to express lots of kindness, happiness and healthiness to everyone,” Hughes said. “I want the world to be a kinder and happier place.”

Beulah Cotton also wanted a closer relationship with God.

“I want to try and be a better person, get along with people and work for God,” Cotton said. “I’ve slacked up, so I’ve got to get back right.”

Sam Hughes also wanted to lay down cigarettes for good.

“I want to quit smoking and try and be a better man than I was last year,” Hughes said.

Among Bogalusa City Councilman Teddy Drummond’s resolutions was working to make the city better.

“My resolution is to try and do something constructive around my house every day. Try to live a little healthier and work even harder to get Bogalusa on the right path,” Drummond said. “I wish all 12,000 people in the city would join me in that project. If you see a way to make our city better, share it with us.”