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Highlighting the positives in Brookhaven

From award-winning T-shirt designs to a 100th birthday celebration, there was plenty of good news in our area this week. Here’s a quick look back at some of those good news stories:

• King’s Daughters Medical Center announced that it has achieved two distinctions of  excellence from Healthgrades – the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

Only 93 out of the 3,558 hospitals evaluated for both patient safety and experience excellence had the superior performance to be recipients of both achievements. This places King’s Daughters Medical Center among the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the nation evaluated for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays as well as providing a positive experience for patients during their hospital stays.

• Veta Grace Reeves celebrated her 100th birthday recently at Topisaw Baptist Church. There to share in her celebration were family members and friends from the Topisaw Baptist Church community and as well as the Ruth community.

Reeves still lives in the Ruth home she and her husband Paul Reeves built in 1958. She and Paul were married for 51 years and had two children: a son, Liam Reeves who lives in Marshall, Virginia, and a daughter, Martha Lou Reeves who died in 1954. Reeves has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

• A Brookhaven Elementary School student’s anti-tobacco T-shirt design was chosen as the winner from 2,000 entries statewide. Ian Gatlin of Brookhaven Elementary School was recently named the grand prize winner of the 2015 Reject All Tobacco T-Shirt Design Contest. In an effort to raise awareness about tobacco use in local schools, the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Copiah and Lincoln Counties sponsored the contest.

The 2015 RAT T-Shirt Design Contest was open to all Mississippi students, fourth through sixth grade. Students were asked to create a design for Terrance the Rat that would help their friends understand the dangers of secondhand smoke. Grand prize, second place and third place winners were selected from the contestants.

• The annual Mississippi Spring Fest and Fair is set to return next month._The fair, hosted by the Lincoln Civic Center, will be held from May 6 to 10 on the center’s grounds._The five-night event will feature a variety of rides, such as the world’s largest traveling Ferris wheel, fair foods and games provided by North American Midways Enterprises, which puts on the State Fair in Jackson each summer.

The Spring Fest and Fair, sponsored by Bank of Brookhaven and Toyota of Brookhaven, is considered a “free fair,” meaning anyone can park and walk around the fair to see the sights, with events and activities being paid for separately. There are no gate fees, and free parking is provided by Copiah-Lincoln Community College.