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Plenty of positive news in newspaper’s pages

A group of volunteers, including some from Brookhaven, is working to honor the memory of Lynyrd Skynyrd with a memorial at the crash site in Gillsburg.

A monument will be placed near the crash site on land donated by the Easley family. Dwain Easley was one of the rescuers the night of the crash.

The official unveiling is Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. about 400 yards from the actual crash site. The ceremony is free and open to the public. A concert the night before at Southwest Mississippi Community College will kick off the festivities. Nuthin’ Fancy, a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band from Florida, will perform for an audience that includes crash survivors and their rescuers as well as medical personnel who helped save lives of those who were pulled from the wreckage.

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

• Hero’s Haven, a small comic book and table-top gaming store near downtown Brookhaven, is doing its part to help the fight against Alzheimer’s. Through today, the store is hosting a unique fundraiser: it will hold three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns (games) for the Forget Me Not Foundation, raising money for Alzheimer’s research. “The guy that runs the game I play in, his mother is a member of the Forget Me Not Foundation,” store manager James Bardwell said. “Every year, they do a few things to raise money. Our little store is more of a community than a store, and we really wanted to find a way to get involved.”

• This Christmas, members of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society are hoping families will want to hang a little bit of history on their tree.

The society’s annual Christmas ornament is on sale and the fourth in the series of Lincoln County landmarks features The Haven theater.

Created from a painting of the historic landmark by artist Derek Covington Smith, the ornament captures the magic of the iconic marquee. The ceramic ornaments are $25 and can be purchased at the LCHGS museum at 227 South Church St. when it’s open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• The day after Zach Moak would have turned 32, his friends and family, along with a few people who never got the chance to meet the Brookhaven police officer, will ride in his memory in the Honor the Fallen Poker Run.

The inaugural event today is a fundraiser for Warriors of the Badge, an organization started by Moak’s mother, Vicki, after her son was killed just over a year ago while answering a call of shots fired. Cpl. Zach Moak and patrolman James White were both shot and killed that day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Easthaven Baptist Church on Hwy. 84. The run is open to motorcycles, cars and trucks and includes five stops. Participants are encouraged to decorate their rides.

Poker hands will be sold at registration for $20 a hand with a limit of three hands. Each participant draws one card per hand at each stop for a five-card hand. The winning hand at the finish earns a $200 prize.