Message from the Mayor

Congratulations to Gary Strickland for being honored with Opp Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Opportunity Award.

Gary is a great man, who genuinely has a love for our town and a servant's heart. Gary does so much for others and does not seek the spotlight for his actions.

Through his work, the Rattlesnake Rodeo now has a very successful 5K that continues to grow. I know he was also very helpful in helping getting Opp Rotary Club's Scarecrow Run going and has helped in similar events.

He is first a firm believer in Christ and he and his wife Wanda, have raised two godly men.

He is also one of our volunteer firefighters and puts his life on the line when he is called to help.

I'm glad the chamber chose to honor Gary with this award, because truly does represent the spirit of our city.

I also wish to congratulate Charles Willis and Ms. Geraldine Boothe, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. When you think about how much these two have done over the years for the betterment of Opp, it's staggering. What amazes me about both of these great souls is that they retired and could have chosen to live out their lives quietly. However, they have stayed involved in many ways.

I also know both have been going through some health issues and I ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Finally, congratulations to Custom Collars for being named business of the year. I am so pleased with their growth these last few years and am proud that the city has been able to work with them so they can expand into their new business venture.

Also, congratulations to Trippy McGuire for being selected as Opp's Own. He is well respected jurist and has served our county in a fair and just manner.

Look forward to seeing these fine people on May 12th at the Hall of Fame banquet.


 Mayor John Bartholomew





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