VALDOSTA -- Tonight thousands of residents of Lowndes County and the surrounding area will welcome in the new year.

Many will spend some time remembering their achievements and failures of 2001 in the hopes of learning from past successes and failures.

When the new year rolls around, these people will become more serious about life, taking stock and planning new courses of action to better their lives.

How will they do this?

The answer is easily found in one of the most popular customs of New Year's Day ... making resolutions.

Resolution-makers will take control of their lives and resolve to lose weight, stop drinking and smoking, stop partying too much, focus on work, and exercise more.

For them, these resolutions are the first step to becoming a better person and living a healthier life, two things almost everyone strives for on a daily basis.

Here is what a few Valdostans will resolve to do in the year 2002:

Ricky Stewart

"I will work to make sure my business is successful in 2002."

Cliff Johnson

"I will study more."

Lawrence Ludy

"I will stop smoking."

Shawnee Harper

"I will find a nice guy."

Crystal McCoy

"I will find a guy that's just my type."

Sherri Nix

"I will be the best parent I can be."

Mary Smith Tucker

"I will get closer to my family."

Chris Simpkins

"I will finish the motor on my car."

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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