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Plenty of good news to report in newspaper

Brookhaven’s annual Ole Brook Festival kicks off this week, with a Friday night concert and Saturday festivities. Part of those festivities includes a 5K run to benefit a local cancer support group. The Pink Sisters, a Lincoln County group that’s been around for more than 15 years, assists when patients need rides to chemotherapy treatments, assistance with prosthetics, help with other needs and — most importantly — encouragement from others who have been where they are. “The Pink Sisters is a group of all breast cancer survivors (who) help other breast cancer patients as they go through chemo and afterward — whatever they need,” said Pink Sister Margarette Cook.  The cost of the run is $25 per adult participant and $12 per child age 10 and under.  Proceeds from the 5K will stay in Lincoln County to help breast cancer patients who live locally.

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

• Although it would be better news if it was not necessary, a new supply of Narcan will help save lives in Lincoln County. John Douglas, coordinator for the state’s 14th Circuit Drug Court, distributed a second batch of Narcan nasal spray to officers from Brookhaven Police Department and deputies from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to replace the units that recently expired. Douglas, a former narcotics agent, said Narcan can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if administered quickly enough.

• Monticello’s Atwood Park is offering a new attraction these days — a new disc golf course. The sport works a lot like golf. But instead of hitting balls across a field, the player is throwing discs. Instead of a hole in the ground, a metal basket equipped with a net is used. Monticello Mayor Martha Watts said she was unfamiliar with the game a year ago, but when she looked it up on the internet, Atwood Park seemed to be a perfect fit for the sport.

• Brookhaven’s cross country team continued its dominance at a meet in Clinton recently. The BHS boys took the top six spots at the race with Jacob Britt finishing first in a time of 17 minutes even. Fellow Panther runners Sam Arnold, Jake Thompson, X’Zavion Stewart, Grayson Childress and Trey Knott finished in places two through six respectively. The BHS boys finished first out of the 23 school represented. The BHS girls were just as dominant in their race as they breezed to a first-place finish. Carley Craig finished in first place with a time of 22:37. The Lady Panthers had Emmaline Wolfe finish in second, Lily Gray in third and Ellie Slay in fourth place.