Rentech bills, YMCA make headlines

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 4, 2006

Last week brought a variety of good news to the Miss-Lou. Let&8217;s take a look before starting this week in earnest:

Lawmakers representing Adams County introduced bills to provide $15 million in bonds to help finance the Rentech project.

The bills would provide state money to Rentech, a Colorado-based company that wants to build a plant to produce fuel from coal and petroleum coke on the old Belwood Country Club site.

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The bills require Rentech to invest at least $800 million in the Natchez plant, excluding money from the state, and create at least 200 jobs with an average $45,000 annual salary.

Representatives from YMCA are planning to visit Natchez in the coming weeks to discuss what it would take to open a center here.

A YMCA was on a list of needs the United Way of the Miss-Lou sent to the United Way of the Great Lakes region &8212; which has adopted the Natchez area.

Having a YMCA is something that offers year-round benefits, according to United Way of the Miss-Lou Director Kathy Stephens. In a disaster, the building could house people, offer showering facilities and provide storage and office space.

Let&8217;s hope this week is just as full of good news.