Grants top good news this week

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Monday morning means we pause to reflect on some of the good news from last week. And sometimes good news comes from what seems at first like bad news.

Let&8217;s face it; the bank account is never as deep as the idea bank.

It&8217;s a problem almost everyone deals with, but government offices and schools may know it best.

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But, as many of our local leaders know, there is another way. Two substantial grants topped the good news for the Miss-Lou this week, bringing money into the area that otherwise wouldn&8217;t be there.

The Natchez Trails Project got its last deposit Tuesday &8212; $1,746,275.

The federal grant dollars will allow the city to create a series of walking, jogging and biking trails throughout downtown and on the riverfront.

Three grants have funded the idea, totaling just under $2 million.

The city workers involved in reining in this money are exactly the type folks we need managing our money and ideas.

The latest grant will still need a 20 percent &8212; approximately $500,000 &8212; match from local resources. But the project&8217;s committee is leading a fundraiser to gather this money.

In Vidalia, the police department received a grant for $17,405.39 this week from the federal Homeland Security department.

The money will allow officers to link to the 21st century, having access to computerized maps, records and background checks in their patrol cars.

VPD will be receiving more grant dollars in the coming months, turning a small town police budget into something ready to handle the big ideas.

Bigger bank accounts make good weeks; let&8217;s hope there&8217;s more to come.