Whether it’s an employee landing a new job or an employer posting and filling a vacancy, keeping the local workforce strong is about more than just another dollar being made or paid.

Debbie Anderson was caught off guard a bit when Mayor Bruce Archer brought her to the front of the city council chambers during a video presentation to announce the 26-year Mesquite resident as the Elks Lodge Citizen of the Year.

Juan Davila and his wife, Nora Arriaga, have been operating their restaurant on the historic downtown Heritage Square in Mesquite since 1997 but it’s not their mom-and-pop team that truly makes Dos Panchas a family business.