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Annual flea market tops week of good news

Wesson’s annual flea market is today, with more than 100 vendors planning to set up in downtown. The market is a tradition going back 48 years, and is always well attended — well enough that the Wesson Volunteer Fire Department holds the market as its sole fundraiser.

“We get a lot of support from our Wesson community and Copiah County people and Lincoln County people,” Fire Chief Ken Carraway said. Vendors will fill Wesson’s downtown area for the flea market from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Other non-profit organizations, which were given the opportunity to sell food at the market, will also be on hand raising money.

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

• A memorial to honor the eight victims of the 2017 Memorial Day shootings will be unveiled today. Mementos from the eight people will be placed in a time capsule and sealed inside the memorial monument that will be unveiled in Bogue Chitto. The front of the memorial includes a granite marker built into stone columns with the words “You will never be forgotten” and the names and ages of all eight victims listed: Deputy William Durr, 36; Brenda May; 52; Barbara Mitchell, 55; Toccora May, 34; Jordan Blackwell, 18; Austin Edwards, 11; Ferral Burage, 45 and Sheila May Burage, 46. The names are repeated on the backside with a line of text for each that was contributed by the individuals’ families.

• Ava Jane Newell’s painting of Maxine Minter was awarded “Best in Show” in the annual Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild’s show and competition. Newell painted a portrait of Minter from a photograph she took of the artist at work. Minter intended to paint from the photograph, but didn’t get to it before she died, said Newell. So Newell painted the portrait and gave it to Minter’s son, James Minter. He entered the painting in the competition under the title “Artist at Work.”

“She was a great lady and that picture was where she sat at The Art Barn every Thursday morning,” said Newell. “I normally don’t paint the background so busy, but there’s a lot going on in the background and that’s the way she always had it. So that’s the way I wanted to paint it.”

• The Great Mississippi Tea Company on East Lincoln Road has gained notoriety, and recently hosted the Gulf Coast Camellia Society for its annual meeting. The owners spent a two-hour tour explaining their processes, and also their dedication to environmental sustainability. The farm is designed to minimize runoff and soil erosion. Currently, the farm does not use pesticides.