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Music tops week of good news in the area

A music festival celebrating songwriters will take place in Brookhaven this weekend with a host of musicians scheduled to perform.

The Overbrook Songwriters Festival will feature 14 songwriters including Charlie Hewitt, Sophie Smith, Betsy Berryhill, Clayton Lee Rayborn, Gabriel Bass, Tommy Ike Hailey, JP Dove and Daniel Houze. The featured songwriter is Tricia Walker, who recently was director of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industries Studies program, until she left this spring to dive deeper into her songwriting and performing.

Below is a look back at more good news headlines.

• The Brookhaven Parks and Rec department has a full slate of fall programs available,  with deadlines approaching to sign up. Registration is now open for fall cheer, dance, gymnastics, ballet, art classes, flag football and soccer. Deadlines vary depending on the activity. The deadline to register for soccer is Friday, while the deadline to register for flag football is Aug. 16.  Fall cheer begins the week of Aug. 19 and is available for ages 3 and up. Dance will start Aug. 19 and is available for ages 2 and up. Gymnastics will begin Aug. 12. Classical ballet will start the week of Aug. 19, with classes on Monday and Thursday each week. Flag football will start in September and is for ages 5 and up. Soccer games will begin after Labor Day and will involve children age 4 and up. For more information, call 601-833-3791 or go to www.brookhavenrecreation.com.

• The Exchange Club Fair got underway this past weekend and will have another run this coming weekend. The rides begin about 6:30 p.m. and close down at 10 p.m. A fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Saturday ends the annual fair for another year. Parking and admission are free. Armbands are $10 for unlimited rides.

• Loyd Star’s Kirsten Scroggs was recently part of the award-winning Mississippi Lions All-State Band. The band won the top spot in the Lions International Parade of Nations competition in Europe.  Scroggs is the first student from Loyd Star to make the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. She plans to take her musical talent to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating as a Hornet, to study music education and possibly pursue a career as a band director. Former Loyd Star band director Jeremy Donald is proud of what his top trumpeter and drum major has achieved. “She’s a hard-working band member, easily one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever met.”