We are doing quite well

Sunday, May 13, 2018

This past week, a national publication printed some very unflattering “information” about the City of Brazil.

Several people have pointed out the research was flawed, that it unfairly portrayed our city. Shame on the company that distributed that “story.”

The fact is, Brazil and Clay County continue to show tremendous economic strength. Here are just a few examples.

Brazil and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce had not one but two ribbon cuttings for businesses this past week. These are just two examples of the flurry of new business activity we have seen in Clay County over the past several years.

It is amazing to us to see so many store fronts full of businesses in downtown Brazil. When we drive through similar size towns, it almost looks like they are closing up shop, in a manner of speaking.

Mario Brothers restaurant recently went through an extensive rebuilding process after a fire in the kitchen closed the restaurant for a few months. To lose a great place to eat like Mario Brothers would have been a huge loss for Brazil. The tremendous crowd on the first day they were open after the fire indicated how popular the Mexican restaurant is.

Some asked if the restaurant would ever reopen or the building remain dark. But Mario Martinez’s restaurant has been in downtown Brazil for 20 years and to show the city’s gratitude, Mayor Brian Wyndham presented Mr. Martinez with a plaque honoring that commitment.

Just down the street, Brian Depasse opened a third Edward Jones financial services office in downtown Brazil, joining offices operated by financial advisers Toni Carter and Lynsey Lunsford.

These three Edward Jones offices joining the variety of banks in Clay County is a testimony to the strength of our local economy.

On Saturday, Courtney Broady, (who will probably always be known as WTWO Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker’s daughter), brought her personal training business to National Avenue, just west of downtown Brazil. For three years, Broady has been helping Clay Countians get in shape with personal training in her home. So many people took advantage of her services, she has expanded to 806 West National Avenue in Brazil.

Like that national newspaper, your local newspaper makes mistakes. It is published by humans and humans make mistakes. We at The Brazil Times try to always own up to those mistakes and print corrections. We hope national publications would do the same.

Yes, Brazil and Clay County are alive and well and growing and The Brazil Times is proud to be a part of it.