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Plenty of holiday headlines recently

The Christmas season is in full swing, and that means there was plenty of good news to be found on the pages of The Daily Leader. Below is a look back at some of those positive stories.

• Brookhaven’s Christmas parade rolled, marched and danced through downtown Thursday. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people turned out for the event. The floats were bright and colorful, the bands were loud and children had a great time.

• The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing effort is underway locally. Brenda Kates, director of the local Salvation Army service center in McComb, said the group needs more than 100 volunteers to cover the bell-ringing campaign, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24 in Lincoln County at the front doors of Walmart, Piggly Wiggly on Hwy. 51, Save A Lot and Walgreens. That would be enough to get all the kettles covered for a full day of bell-ringing — the number would need to be doubled to allow the volunteers to work in shifts. The Salvation Army, an international Christian organization that aims to assist needy families, provides services for natural disaster recovery, donations of food and clothing, utility assistance, elderly assistance and other programs. The local chapter helped feed 106 people a Thanksgiving lunch recently.

• Blake Scafidel is bringing “The Cure for Chistmas Chaos Live” to his hometown for two performances only. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Brookhaven Building, 1154 Beltline Drive NE. Doors open one hour prior to each show. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.blakescafidel.com or $20 at the door. One dollar of each ticket sold will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Scafidel, a worship pastor at Lakeshore Church in Byrum, said this show will have the feel of a Branson, Missouri, performance with staging, lighting and artists that are expected for a professional production. He’ll have a full orchestra as well as three special guests — violinist Temperance Babcock, singer/songwriter Sam Mooney and former Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis.

• Fourteen Lawrence County churches of several denominations share a common interest when it comes to Christmas — it’s all about the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. This is the sixth year the churches have come together to present “Life of Christ,” a drive-through nativity at Atwood Water Park. This season’s performance is Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. It takes about 20 minutes to drive past the 11 scenes, said committee chairwoman Jane Boyd of Divide Methodist Protestant Church.

• The senior trio of Dawson Flowers, Cade Brown and Cole Griffin were selected to play in the MAIS All-Star Football Game at Jackson Prep.  “These are three fine young men,” said coach Ron Rushing. “They represent the best of our school and program and I’m glad to see them being recognized for the work they’ve put in. I know they are going to do whatever they can to help their team win on Friday and that’s the same thing they’ve always done for us.”