The year 2020 was difficult, to say the least. It will long be remembered for its trials and tribulations.
But at the same time, maybe it made us stronger. Maybe it helped us focus more on what matters most.
Looking back over 2020 from a front page news standpoint, yes, your community newspaper had stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. But as any other year, the good news certainly outweighed the bad.
Here's a look back at a small sampling of the good news from 2020.
In January, Holly Springs native Lynn Fitch took the oath of office as Mississippi's first female attorney general.
The downtown Holly Springs green space project kicked off.
Love's announced it would be locating one of its travel stops in Holly Springs, on the south side of I-22.
In March, Rev. Andrew Cheairs was selected as Leader of the Year by the Byhalia Area Chamber Main Street.
The Potts Camp Cardinals finished second in the Class 2A State Basketball Tournament, while the Holly Springs High School Hawks were eliminated in the 3A semi-finals.
The Rust College Lady Bearcats finished 26th in the nation in basketball.
In April, Marshall County deputy Dustin Allen, who was injured in an effort to stop a fleeing criminal, was able to come home and received a law enforcement escort.
In May, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the Holly Springs native known internationally for her anti-lynching journalism at the end of the 19th century, was awarded a posthumous citation from the Pulitzer Prize board, one of the highest honors in journalism in the United States.
In June, Ivy R. Taylor was named the new president of Rust College, moving to Holly Springs from San Antonio, Texas, where she once served as mayor.
The Marshall County School District received E-rate funding of $1,695,904 to create an all fiber optic network between the central office and all the campuses.
In July, IG Design Group announced it would be locating in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park in Marshall County.
Kent Smith of Holly Springs was appointed the new judge for the 3rd Circuit Court District, Place 3.
Holly Springs Mayor Kelvin Buck reported sales tax revenues for May were up, as compared to even last year's pre-COVID-19 values for May.
In August, historic Featherston and Polk Place in Holly Springs were being restored.
Mississippi Main Street honored Tim and Lisa Liddy, owners of the Court Square Inn and The Apothecary, as Main Street Heroes.
In September, Hamilton Beach picked Byhalia, a site on East Stonewall Road, for a new distribution warehouse.
In October, Benton County unveiled its new $4 million jail with an open house.
In November, election turnout was very strong in Marshall County, as it was across the country.
New pedestrian crosswalks were installed in downtown Byhalia.
In December, crews were in town filming portions of a documentary on the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.