December 29, 2003 -- Posted at 3:57 p.m. CST
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY--Folks around Region 8 are gearing up for the big countdown to 2004. With lots of options to choose from, it's hard to decide just where to ring in the new year. While there's different things to do for kids, families and even adults on New Year's eve, the one common goal is to have a good time.
"This is a see and be seen place, for sure. It is where everybody comes to see their friends and that kind of thing and have wonderful food and live entertainment," said Mallory Johnston, manager of Omar's Steakhouse located in the 501 Club.
The 501 club in Jonesboro is one of the top spots to be at for ringing in 2004. But reservations for the 250 seat restaurant are going fast. Owners here have been busy taking reservations and putting on the finishing touches for the big celebration.
But if you can't take the kids out, what can you do? The Bono Church of Christ is hosting their seventh annual lock-in for teens in the community.
It was those "things" that Parks wanted to keep kids safe from...and so the lock-in was born.
But if you're an adult and want to ring in 2004 with your family, you're in luck. Many families in Craighead County will be heading over to Cathedral Baptist Church in Jonesboro. The church will be having a New Year's Eve fellowship at their family life center.
"If we are going to tell our kids, don't go here and don't go there, then where are they going to go? So we've provided a place for them to come and recreate and have a great time," said Doug Welborn, pastor at Cathedral Baptist.