A Project for Students and Citizens

Hobson City: Week Two

In Hobson City on June 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Marian Royston is living democracy in Hobson City, Alabama.  Originally from Roanoke, Alabama, she is a senior majoring in history at Auburn University. Living Democracy is a yearlong collaboration between students and citizens on issues that matter to local communities.

When gazing at the picturesque backdrop of the Appalachian foothills in Hobson City, it is easy to feel as though the possibilities are as endless as the green rolling hills. Upon leaving town from the eastern end, there is a sign that reads “hurry back to the city of opportunity.” A few years ago, that sign would have been a true symbol of irony, but now, its message rings true for a new generation. Hobson City is indeed a place of opportunity, and everywhere I’ve looked I’ve seen signs of concerned individuals working together to ensure that the town fulfills its potential.

The citizens of Hobson City seek to create and preserve a vibrant community that provides a great quality of life for all of its citizens. One of the finest examples of town improvement comes from the Hobson City Community and Economic Development Corporation (HCCEDC). The mission statement of the organization is simply to “provide services that meet the needs of the community.” All of this is done in an effort to transform Hobson City into a vibrant, safe, clean, family oriented community. Since its inception in 2007, the members of the HCCEDC have worked diligently towards that goal. One of their current projects entails revitalizing the old J.R. Striplin park. Through aggressive fundraising efforts, they have made great strides towards the new recreational area, and the beginning phases should be under construction in the current months.

The HCCEDC also has smaller campaigns that are aimed at simply raising the morale of the community. Last week’s May Day celebration was spearheaded by them. The Community Pride campaign that they have implemented isn’t very complex, but it serves to bring hope to the community. On Pride days, people in the community come together to clean up properties that have fallen into a state of disrepair. This small gesture serves to give areas of town a facelift, and give everyone something to take pride in.

The Hobson City public library, under the direction of librarian Donna Ross, is also working hard to provide opportunities within the community. Currently, the library is in the middle of its summer reading program which promotes youth literacy and gives children in town an outlet for their creative energy. The students have plenty of activities to occupy their time and stretch their imaginations, all while they develop a better capacity to read. Recently, they had a few visitors from the Alabama Field School at Jacksonville State University who taught them about the stories found in nature. All of the children enjoyed learning about nature’s stories, while many parents expressed dismay over some of the more reptilian visitors.

Mayor Alberta McCrory at City Hall has been in contact with the Spirit of Anniston Foundation about bringing a civil rights trail through Hobson City. Although the project is still in its early stages, it is an exciting prospect for the future development of the town. The trail would bring new people into Hobson City to experience its rich history. It’s a golden opportunity for Hobson City as well as Calhoun County at large.

Everywhere in Hobson City, progress is being made to ensure a brighter tomorrow. Everyone hopes for a safe, comfortable place to raise a family, and the people of Hobson City are working had to turn those hopes into a reality. I’ve reached Hobson City in an era of optimism, which I am sure will progressively transform into an era of prosperity.

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