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We have plenty of good news to share

Occasionally, we enjoy looking back at good news events in our communities. And last week, there was plenty of good news to be found in the newspaper.

• Brookhaven’s Clint Stephens signed a scholarship to play baseball at Co-Lin. He’s looking forward to taking his bat to Wesson, where he’ll play an important role for a Wolfpack team making moves to re-establish itself.

“The Co-Lin coaches are real down-to-earth, and I like that they’re on the come-up,” Stephens said. “I’ve been an underdog my whole career, so I want to keep that going.”

• The Lincoln County library received a $20,000 grant to help purchase two pieces of art that will soon grace the walls of the library. “Farm Road” and another piece by artist Stephen Scott Young were acquired through a Mississippi Arts Commission grant for $20,000 and an additional $15,000 in private donations.

  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is celebrating 150 years. Ralph Smith, an active member of the church since the 1950s, said the welcoming nature of the church is what both kept him coming back and pushing him to give his time and energy.

“You are what you are, and that’s where you’re accepted,” he said.

The church got its start in 1868 with 11 “communicants.”

• Bill Curry, the legendary football coach, spoke to about 300 students, coaches and parents during the FCA’s annual banquet at Easthaven Baptist Church.

“God made you unique — there’s nobody else like you,” Curry said. “He expects each of us to find our gift, develop it and give it to a cause greater than ourselves.”

• Brookhaven Academy graduate Katie Dixon is back on TV, this time on the Food Network’s next installment of “Food Network Star.” Dixon, the daughter of Vickie and Henry Newman, of Brookhaven, made it to the top six in Fox’s “MasterChef” in 2006. She’s looking to go even further on the Food Network.

We are certain there will be plenty of good news this week, and you can count on seeing it in the pages of The Daily Leader.