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101st birthday tops week of good news

Martha Diamond celebrated a milestone most of us likely won’t —she turned 101. Diamond, of Wesson, celebrated with a small gathering of friends recently. She has lived a good life, as she tells it — accepting the good with the bad. Even though she has plenty of friends from church to look after her, she maintains her independence.

“Age, it’s never bothered me,” she said. “I never think about age. I just go on with what I have. Whatever the Lord’s willing to give me, I take it with blessings.”

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

• A local teacher has been chosen to serve on the Mississippi Teacher Council. It’s a statewide group that meets in three regions of the state throughout the school year with State Superintendent Carey Wright. “I am excited about collaborating with educators from around our state on current issues in  education,” said Tiffany Gamble, who is in her eighth year of teaching. The council, formed in 2016, now has 381 members, including 181 appointed this school year. The goal of the council is to report to the state superintendent on initiatives of the Mississippi Department of Education, the state board of education and the state Legislature.

• The West Lincoln varsity boys’ cross-country team ran well enough on their home course to take first place Saturday in a meet the Bears hosted on Running Bear Trails.

There were eight varsity teams running in the boys’ event with 82 total individual runners. The Bears finished with 38 points to beat 6A Northwest Rankin who finished with 53 points.

Sophomore Grayson Edwards of NWR won the individual title. Junior Tiller Castillo of West Lincoln finished second with a time of 19 minutes and eight seconds and was followed in third place by his sophomore teammate Alex Leake. Sophomore Chase Spring finished eighth for coach Greg Allen and the WL Bears.

• The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 45th annual Ole Brook Fest, scheduled for Oct. 4-5. The Good Vibes 1974 street dance with Four Way Stop and The Bridge Band will take place Friday. The dance is 6 to 9 p.m. at the main stage at Railroad Avenue and Cherokee Street and ‘70s garb is encouraged. Festival day starts with the Pink Sisters 5K Foam Run and Walk beginning at 8 a.m. at the main stage. The Ole Brook Antique Car Show starts at 9 a.m. on Railroad Avenue and the Kidzone opens at the same time in the north parking lot. Armbands for unlimited access are $10. The food trucks will fill the south parking lot and are open all day.