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Country legends headline week of good news

A country music legend will be in Southwest Mississippi today. Marty Stuart and his band will perform tonight at the Homochitto River Festival.

Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are headlining the show. They’ll be on the West Stage at 6 p.m. just after country legend Ronnie McDowell appears at 4 p.m. McDowell’s lead guitarist, James Ducker, is a Meadville native.

Stuart, a native of Philadelphia, said he’s looking forward to bringing his brand of music to Franklin County.

“It’s always an honor to get to come back into this state and play. It’s always an honor to come home and bring the music back to Mississippi,” he said.

Below is a look back a few more good news stories.

• The Veterans of Foreign Wars is honoring the soldiers of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team at the post’s annual open house today.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capt. Danny D. Entrican Post 2618 at 728 Industrial Park in Brookhaven. It is free and open to the public. The Mississippi Army National Guard’s 155th returned in April after a deployment in Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East to deter and react to threats as part of Operation Spartan Shield. Because troops arrived home at various times and individually, there was not a planned group homecoming by the city or county.

• A memorial honoring Lynyrd Skynyrd was unveiled last weekend in Gillsburg. “Today I am here with all of you to be a part of this ceremony paying tribute to Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, Dean Kilpatrick and Walter McCreary, William Gray and the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd,” Van Zant’s widow Judy Van Zant Jenness said. The 15,000-pound memorial was created by Dave Pace and Kevin Laird at Brookhaven Monument. Laird is credited with the design of the three panels of black granite from Uruguay. It was installed on land donated by Dwain Easley, who was one of the dozen or so rescuers from that night.

• Though it took 30 years, the Brookhaven High School class of 1989 marched across King Field recently. The class was forced inside for its graduation all those year ago — due to the threat of weather that never came.

Deputy Superintendent Rod Henderson with the Brookhaven School District oversaw the graduation, something he said he was only too happy to do since he knew most of the graduates from his own time in high school.

“Being a member of the class of ’90, I think this shows we were in fact a family,” Henderson said. “(There was) a lot of camaraderie — a lot of togetherness. It shows how much it meant to us seeing each other being successful.”