By Alicia Neaves
ANDREWS - As the City of Andrews continues to grow so does the Hispanic population. As the city says, it's had quite the impact on the community.
The Hispanic population in Andrews is growing every day. So much so, it inspired the idea to bring a new committee to the city whose goal is to bring more Hispanic culture to the community.
"The schools are already reporting 65% Hispanics in their schools so the Hispanic population has grown," Andrews Mayor, Flora Braly, said.
The Holly Jolly Weekend and the Wild Wild West Fest are just a couple of events happening in Andrews during the year. A growing part of the attendees are members of the Hispanic community.
"It's really changed the demographics in so far as the age of our community because our community is a lot younger than it used to be," Julia Wallace, Executive Director of the Andrews Chamber of Commerce, said.
Because of the rise in Hispanic population, the Chamber is looking to bring back their Cultural Affairs Committee. This time, with dedicated volunteers, they're hoping the committee will stay and grow.
"One of the areas that I would like to look at in resurrecting that would be like a heritage type committee so we can do more heritage type of events. Like right now, we don't do anything for Cinco de Mayo and things like that," Wallace said.
Volunteers are needed to start up the committee again. Mayor Flora Braly agrees. As the city grows, so does the need for a helping hand.
"I want to encourage the whole community, especially during these festive holidays that they get involved because it's your community. You can make a difference. A big difference," Braly said.