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Good news abundant in pages of newspaper

Lincoln County’s Miss Hospitality Allie Claire Townsend will compete this week with 42 other young women for the state title and a share of more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. Townsend will be joined at the competition by her Little Miss Hospitality, Isabellah Grace Dunaway, a fourth-grader at Brookhaven Academy. Isabellah is the 9-year-old daughter of Kevin and Annah Dunaway. They’ll compete together Thursday and Friday at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater. The winner of the competition will serve for a full year as the state’s official ambassador for economic development and tourism. The contestant’s Little Miss will serve alongside her as she fulfills her duties and responsibilities as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassador.

Below is a look back at more good news headlines from the past week.

• Brookhaven scored a small share of a $3 million Mississippi Department of Transportation grant that will allow for hangar rehabilitation at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport.

The city won a $190,000 competitive MDOT grant that will be used to rehabilitate a hangar at the airport on Heucks Retreat Road.

• Bogue Chitto seniors and a handful of volunteers painted personalized parking spaces at the school last week. Seniors get to choose their parking spot that will be their designated space for the rest of the year. The students create the design and supply their own exterior latex paint. “I think it lets us be able to express ourselves and do something that just represents us,” senior Mary Lynn Dunn said. “We like being different than everybody else, because most schools do chalk and such, but that goes away and this is memories that last all year.”

• The city’s Industrial Park Road improvement project — repaving of a portion of the road — is nearing completion. The city is funding the project with $500,000 in BP oil spill settlement money. The city’s project to turn a vacant building into a new fire station is making progress as well.  Sitework and drainage work are starting and should ramp up in the next coming weeks. “It’s moving along quite nicely,” engineer Ryan Holmes said. “Right now, we still think we’ll meet our target date of late November. Hopefully we’ll get the work outside the building complete before we hit the rainy fall weather.”

• The Dixie Youth Baseball Invitational World Series came to town this past weekend — and brought thousands of travelers to Brookhaven. The event utilized four of the five fields at the Lincoln County Baseball Complex along with the four fields at the Hansel King Sports Complex. The Civic Center was used as was the Brookhaven Building for feeding the teams. All five brackets had teams that represented Lincoln County. There were 46 teams spread over the five brackets with teams coming from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.