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No need for ‘good news’ section

We read with great interest the news that some large, metro daily newspapers have added “good news” sections to their publications. The Philadelphia Inquirer plans to launch a new Sunday section full of positive stories. The Minneapolis Star Tribune already does the same.

Here at The Daily Leader, we like to think that every edition could be labeled our “good news” section. Need proof? Here is a quick look back a few positive stories from the past week.

• Maddox Kay Daley was born healthy and happy Thursday — on the side of Hwy. 84. Justin and Katie Daley’s fifth child was 10 days late, and then came in a hurry.  After going into labor, Katie and Justin called an ambulance to their Monticello home. They were headed to King’s Daughters Medical Center but Maddox had other plans.

• Five Brookhaven Academy athletes were chosen to play in MAIS All-Star basketball games. BA seniors Jana Case and Macy Grace Smith suited up for the Blue Team in the girls’ game. In the boys’ game Cade Brown, Dawson Flowers and Tanner Thurman represented the blue and white of BA one final time.

• Volunteers are hosting a fundraiser today — BC Strong: Triumph Over Tragedy — to help finance the construction of a memorial to the eight shooting victims killed in 2017. The 10-foot-by-6-foot monument will include planters and inscribed granite inserts on both sides. The monument will be engraved with the words “You will never be forgotten” on the front followed by the names of victims and their ages, listed in the order they were killed. Those are: Deputy William Durr, 36; Brenda May; 52; Barbara Mitchell, 55; Toccora May, 34; Jordan Blackwell, 18; Austin Edwards, 11; Ferral Burage, 45 and Sheila May Burage, 46.

• Downtown Brookhaven was full of nice cars — and plenty of Mardi Gras throws — last weekend. Hundreds of people visited the Fielder’s Pro Shop Goin’ To Town Car Show Saturday morning with several hundred more participating in the third annual Downtown Jazzed Up event Saturday afternoon. The Mardi Gras event included a mask-making station at the Lincoln County Public Library and a bike decorating station near the post office. The Second Line Parade headed down Cherokee Street at 6:30 p.m. and ended at a street party at Railroad Avenue and Cherokee with The Bridge Band.

• Steve Russell recently celebrated his 25th anniversary of playing the Möller pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. Russell came to First Methodist in 1994, after years of playing for other churches, at Co-Lin, and a host of weddings, parties and other celebratory events. “I love the organ because of the way that it can make the walls shake, and the way the hymns fill up the space with sound,” Russell said.