Good news plentiful in our pages this week

Published 9:29 pm Friday, August 23, 2019

Summer may soon come to a close but gardeners at the Brookhaven Community Garden show no signs of slowing down.

Gardeners this week — in between a few heavy rains — are planting fall tomatoes. Organizer Pat Nelson said about 50 plants will go in as soon as it’s dry enough. They will also plant cucumbers.

About 30 families are participating in the garden this year, with the produce getting split between the growers and the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul.

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

• Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line that travels through Brookhaven. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway near New Orleans cut off service to the city because the tracks are on the flood plain. He says riders were put on buses in Jackson to complete the route to New Orleans. Amtrak is offering buy-one-get-one-free fares to celebrate the restoration of full service.

• The annual Lincoln County Wildlife and Outdoor Expo is taking place this weekend at the Lincoln Civic Center. The annual expo is joining forces with the Mississippi Loggers Association for its 30th anniversary to host the event, with a share of the proceeds going to the Log a Load for Kids. Aside from food, activities and entertainment, the expo will feature booths dedicated to the great outdoors and the merchandise aimed at the great outdoorsmen and women and their families — hunting knives, game cameras, game calls, stands, tractors, side-by-sides and ATVs, campers, boats and just about any other item a hunter or angler might need.

• A new grocery store should open in  Brookhaven in the next two weeks. Parker Sullivan of Sullivan’s Grocery says they’re shooting to have the city’s newest grocery store open prior to Labor Day. The addition of the Brookhaven location — in the former home of Piggly Wiggly on Hwy. 51 — brings the number of grocery stores under the Sullivan name to nine — 14, if you count their holdings under other names, as well.

• A business focusing on music lessons is open in downtown Brookhaven. Downtown Music Academy recently held its grand opening on South Railroad Avenue, only a block over from where it was previously located in Brookhaven Music and Sound. The music academy has been in the new location since March.