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Positive news keeps coming our way

With summer in full swing, there was plenty of good news to report in Brookhaven and Lincoln County recently. From summer programs at the city’s rec department to free meals provided by the school district, the past few days have been full of positive news. Below is a sampling.

• If you have a child or grandchild who needs something to do this summer, the Brookhaven Recreation Department is the place to go. Sign-ups are ongoing for the department’s summer activities, with more than a dozen youth programs focused on sports, training and skill-building. Some go all summer, some are week-long events and some last just a day, but the programs are designed to cast a broad net and appeal to all types of children with all types of interests, said department director Matt Shell.

“There’s nothing worse than a kid sitting at home looking at a TV all day during the summer,” he said. “Involvement in activities keeps them healthy, mentally and physically. We need our kids starting out young getting involved, and the more you diversify, the more they find things they love.”

• The summer food program that allows children 18 and under to eat for free starts Monday.  Breakfast and lunch will be served at Mamie Martin Elementary and Lipsey School, with only lunch served at Mullins School. Breakfast is available 7:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The program continues on weekdays through June 29. Sponsored by the Brookhaven School District for more than 30 years, the Summer Food Service Program is a community service which provides free meals to any child — no matter the income or residency — who is 18 years old and younger. Child Nutrition Director Tonya McSweyn said last summer they served 7,291 lunches and over 3,300 breakfasts.

• Senior citizens gathered for the annual luau party at the Jimmy Furlow Senior Citizen Center recently to kick off the summer with food, dancing and fellowship.

• A Brookhaven woman and her three daughters were chosen by Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County to become the organization’s next homeowner partner. “It’s a blessing to know that it’s possible to get this type of help and support from Habitat for Humanity,” Angela Kelly said. “God is good.”

• Twenty graduates received certificates of completion during the 14th Circuit Drug Court graduation at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit.