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Good news not in short supply

Good news was not in short supply in the pages of The Daily Leader recently. From a 100-year-old celebrating a milestone to success on the soccer pitch, if you were looking for positive stories we had plenty of them. Below is a look back at some of those headlines.

• Loyd Star alum Lesley Walker was chosen to compete in the MACJC Soccer All-Star Game. A sophomore at Southwest Mississippi Community College, Walker played as a midfielder, starting in all 28 matches in her two-year career in Summit. As a freshman, she scored three goals and had two assists and was named NJCAA All-Academic First Team. Walker also received the FCA Bill Buckner Character Counts Award.

• Mary Ella Powell Caston celebrated her 100th birthday this week. The Liberty native spent the majority of her life growing her own vegetables and canning them to provide for her husband and eight children. When the kids were older and out of the house, she worked for the Mississippi State Extension Service, teaching others how to garden and preserve. Mary Caston’s secret for making 100 years is based on her upbringing in church. “Give the Lord the chance when he has it,” she said. “You can’t come back and get it.”

• The Southern Wildcats Youth Football team will play in The Southern Independent Youth Football League Championship today. The 6-8 year old team will play the Southern Miss Titans at noon at South Pike High School in Magnolia. The Wildcats are coached by assistant coaches Tony Brown Jr., Chris Nelson and head coach Joseph Anderson.

• Reed’s Metals Inc. was recently sold to an investment firm that plans to continue expanding it across the nation. Founder and CEO Bernie Reed said he will continue to oversee the operation of Reed’s Metals, which will keep on doing business as usual in Brookhaven and six other locations around the South. “I don’t think anyone will notice a change in Brookhaven,” he said. “We’ll continue to offer the same great service to all our customers, and I’m still going to be putting in a lot of hours here. It’s my baby, my legacy.” Reed’s Metals employs 118 workers at the Brookhaven headquarters and 287 across the company. The business was founded in rural Lawrence County in 1998.