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The Hometown Kid

When I see Newton Main Street

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 10:48 a.m. CST

Newton, your hometown kid is here.

It goes without saying it’s an honor to be able to write for my hometown paper.

I had a chance to enjoy the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night as I prepared for the Main Street Rally events set for today. The CMA award show is always a must-see for me as I am one of the biggest fans of country music in my social groups.

The tradition of bringing old country music with new country music for this historic night is always the biggest selling point to the show. 

After the show was done, I got back to the task at hand: Newton Main Street. I put my ear buds in and the first song to come on was “When I See This Bar” by Kenny Chesney. I started to think about what I see when I see the main street of Newton.

In the end, what I see when I look at Main Street Newton is truly inspired by the lyrics of Chesney’s song.

I think of getting back together with friends no matter if it’s the crew from back in high school or my co-workers here at the Daily News. It’s about creating the memories with enjoying the adult nights of karaoke at The Scoreboard, a live band at First Avenue Speakeasy, a good meal at the Raceway Cafe, or escaping Newton and professional life with a movie at the Capitol II.

The business owners and contributors of entertainment of the venues of main street create the experience week in and week out. The creation of Thunder Nites, gaming on the big screen, NFL Sunday Ticket, and countless number of smaller events create a draw to come downtown. 

In the end, the community has seen its gains, losses and returns.

A hometown kid coming into his own putting his chips in to make a change to where he calls home. A dreamer betting on blind faith, seeing what needs to be done with the attitude of simply getting it done with a style and grace.

I’m sure other people see something different when they see our main street, but it’s simply about what you make it because what we do now will be the future of Newton.

Newton Main Street is an opportunity for the community to have a voice in the revitalizing of downtown Newton. If you want more information on Main Street Newton you can get information at the Newton Chamber of Commerce and for the technology inclined you can find information on the Newton Chamber of Commerce website as well as Newton Main Street Facebook page.

The Newton Main Street Rally at Capitol II is today at noon and at 5:30 p.m., so come out support Main Street Newton.