January 21, 2015 Edition

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Mayor Duckworth seeks
community involvement

Newly-elected Portia Mayor Kelly Duckworth hopes to increase community involvement in the city during her time in office.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl
Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

New Portia Mayor Kelly Duckworth will focus on community involvement during her administration.

"We used to be a very community-involved town, and we've lost that over the years," Duckworth said.

Growing up in Portia, Duckworth has a love for the city and hopes to get citizens more active in the community. She hopes to schedule some workdays in the future to clean up the town. The city will also be reaching out to churches and businesses to help reinvigorate the Portia Picnic.

Duckworth believes in an open door policy and encourages all citizens to bring in their ideas and suggestions.

Working together, Duckworth believes that Portia can thrive and be a united community in future generations.

While running for office, Duckworth said she encouraged others to run, as well. As a result she said many races developed for city council and three new councilmen have been elected. She said the new council members are enthusiastic about the future and have a fresh eye.

Duckworth also wants to promote more intercity relationships. "I look forward to working with the other towns, mayors and councils with everyone working together to make a better Lawrence County."

With several economic development projects going on in and around Portia, Duckworth is hoping to annex some property for new businesses. She has also applied for grants to help update the historic Portia High School and park equipment.

She also said they will begin working on paperwork to acquire funding for some paving and roadwork in the near future.

"I want to do whatever is good for the city," Duckworth said.

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