Happy New Year, Marion and Guadalupe County citizens. I hope you and your families had a great holiday season. 

Our 35th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony in December was well attended and I couldn’t tell who were the most excited, the children or the parents especially when Santa Claus arrived in the helicopter. The second annual Santa Parade was another well attended event. 

Victor Contreras is the mayor of the city of Marion and writes a monthly column which appears every first Thursday.

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