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Plenty of good news to report recently

The local farmers market is returning for the summer season, with opening day scheduled for June 7 at Railroad Park. Dairy Day will kick off the vegetable-selling season with free ice cream and chocolate milk. The Friday morning markets — 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — will always be at the park next to South Whitworth Avenue, and the Tuesday afternoon market is held at Godbold Transportation Center. The Tuesday market — which features an air-conditioned building and plenty of free parking — will start June 11.

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

• Twenty-six teams from several states competed in the ninth annual Hog Wild BBQ & Family Festival. The ribs, chicken, brisket and pork competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The grand champion chosen Saturday was Grills of Mississippi of Ridgeland and the reserve champion was Texas-Car-B-Que of Carrolton, Texas. “As far as the event itself, I think everything went great,” said Lincoln County firefighter Adam Wallace, who co-chairs the event with Mark Porter. “We didn’t have any trouble, no problems with anything. Everybody’s happy to be in Brookhaven like they always are.”

• Mark Dickerson will serve as the new band director for Loyd Star Attendance Center. He previously worked as the assistant band director for Wesson Attendance Center. Dickerson, 39, is originally from Lucedale. He has worked at several schools, including Clinton Junior High, Hernando High School and Quitman Public School District.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s in music education from the University of Mississippi. He has been teaching since 2001.

• Loyd Star’s Johnna Norman was named The Daily Leader’s All-Area Most Valuable Player. A Copiah-Lincoln signee, Norman hit .444 with 36 RBIs and 29 runs scored for the Lady Hornets. BA’s Becky Flowers was named Coach of the Year. BA’s Madison Moak was named All-Area Most Valuable Offensive Player, and Bogue Chitto’s Codi Leggett was named All-Area Most Valuable Defensive Player.