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Plenty of positive news to publish

Hurricane Barry dumped plenty of rain on Southwest Mississippi, but it was not the deluge that forecasters expected. While some flooding has been reported, Lincoln County dodged the worst of it.

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

• The Brookhaven Police Department is educating the community about the prevalence of scams. Capt. Clint Earls talked to dozens of people who came to the Jimmy Furlow Senior Citizen Center to hear about scams. While some scams come at you in person, the majority of scams Earls and the rest of the police department see often involve the scammer concealing their identity in order to stay anonymous. This leads to scammers being untraceable.

“The cell phone is a miniature computer,” Earls said. “It allows them to remain anonymous, so they can be anyone they say they are.”

• Wesson High graduate Derek Freeman received the Colby Porter Memorial Scholarship recently. Porter was a Wesson High freshman student-athlete that passed away in 2011 and is memorialized every year with a scholarship and plaque.

• Four sisters are selling handmade bracelets to raise money for a baby. The Tate family plans to adopt a baby to add to their family, which will make them a party of seven. One way they’re raising the money is by selling handmade bracelets the children are making. Allison Hudson has been helping her nieces with their endeavor and sees it as something positive for them. “I think these girls have the biggest hearts,” Hudson said. “It definitely shows the kind of hearts they have, they wanted to help in such a big way when they found out.”

• A class to learn the ins and outs of babysitting is returning to the hospital this month. The Safe Sitter’s class, a babysitting class for ages 11 through 13, will take place July 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Registration is required to participate, and the cost is $40. The Safe Sitter’s class is taught nationwide, and it has been a staple at KDMC for a decade now. The class is geared toward young people and is designed to teach them how to become successful babysitters.