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Plenty of good news to share

The pages of The Daily Leader were overflowing with good news this past week. One of those stories was particularly positive. James Buie, who works for the city’s street department, is launching his own taxi service. “I always dreamed of having my own business,” he said. Hopefully, Buie’s endeavor will prosper and he will add to the city’s vibrant business sector.

Below is a look back at a few more positive stories:

• As many as 1,000 shoppers are expected for this week’s Girls Night Out shopping event. “We do Girls Night Out just to create some retail excitement through the middle of the summer,” said Katie Nations, programs director with the Chamber of Commerce. “Our retailers work hard all year long, so we started this as a way to promote them through the mid-summer slump you see all across the country in retail this time of year.”

Tickets for the event include more than 80 coupons for participating businesses, the official event T-shirt and a $10 meal voucher good at participating restaurants.

• Enterprise baseball standout Landon Gartman was recently selected to play for Team Mississippi. Gartman hit .419 and pitched to a 1.19 ERA for the Yellow Jackets this past season. “I found out about three weeks ago that I was going to get this opportunity,” Gartman said. “It’s been a great experience, and I’m happy I got to play with these guys.”

• Ten local athletes were selected to compete for District Seven in the state games in baseball. Tyler Parvin, the head coach at Brookhaven Academy, was selected as head coach for the district.

• Mt. Zion Baptist Church has a new pastor. Zach Kilpatrick began serving the community church about six months ago. He moved with his family from Polkville, where he served as pastor.

• Davion Brown, a 19-year-old from Brookhaven, will travel to Memphis to serve as historian for the National Baptist Youth Convention of America. Brown was also recently appointed president of the Mississippi National Baptist Youth Convention by Rev. Kenneth M. Davis, president of the Mississippi National Baptist Convention.