Positive news is in abundant supply

Published 8:47 pm Monday, April 29, 2019

Baseball is in full swing at the Dr. A.L. Lott fields in Brookhaven. The league hosted its opening day tournament Saturday, with seven teams competing. Roy Smith, director of the Lott summer program, said 125 children had registered prior to the weekend’s tournament. “I believe that Dr. A. L. Lott would be happy to see how this baseball tournament supports the community that he loved,” Smith said.

Here is a look back at a few more good news headlines.

• Hundreds of grandparents were on hand at Brookhaven Academy last week for the annual Grandparents Day celebration. The event is one of the largest for the school.

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• Brookhaven Little Theatre presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid LIVE” for a three-weekend run that started Friday. Based on the Disney animated film, the hit Broadway musical and one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a beautiful love story for all ages,” said Emily Waterloo, executive director and artistic director of BLT. Waterloo is also directing this show, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the animated Disney movie.

• Wesson celebrated its annual Founders Day event Friday and Saturday. The event coincided with the town’s 155th birthday and the Wesson Chamber of Commerce’s 30th anniversary, said President Janet Currie. Founders Day began as a June event that coincided with dairy month before being moved up the calendar for the more pleasant weather in April, she said.

• Brookhaven School District’s Board of Trustees attorney Bob Allen officially began his 42nd year representing the board recently. Trustees voted 5-0 to rehire board  Allen for the 2019-2020 school year. “Thank you for your service,” said board member Erin Smith. “Sometimes I look to Mr. Allen not just for legal matters, but he’s also our historian. He’s been our historian for 41 years.”

Allen, 72, graduated from Brookhaven High School before studying law at Ole Miss. After working as a prosecuting attorney in Hinds County and serving as a law clerk for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Neville Patterson, Allen returned to Brookhaven in 1973 to practice law with his father, Emmette, who was serving as the school board attorney.