Raises, Callon top good news

Published 10:52 am Monday, May 7, 2007

Spring has settled in to stay in the Miss-Lou, and with its flowers and showers come a few good headlines.

Let’s review some of the highlights of last week.

– For the first time in several years Mississippi fully funded a teacher pay raise, and the Natchez-Adams School District made it official for local teachers Thursday. Teachers will receive a 3-percent raise across the board. Their assistants will receive an additional $500.

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Education has to be a priority for all of us, and pay raises, even small ones, show that we are heading in the right direction.

– Rains on Thursday couldn’t stop prayers for our nation, leaders and community. Local ministers organized the National Day of Prayer and small groups prayed in Memorial Park throughout the day. Like the Rev. James Brooks said Thursday, prayer is always in order.

– Things are going well for one of the area’s most important companies, Callon Petroleum. Stock prices are going up, and the recent acquisition of an oil and gas exploration field in the Gulf of Mexico had shareholders excited this week. Success for Natchez businesses means success for all of us, and we are glad to see it.

As we begin the second week in May, let’s set our sights on the good around us and do what we can to keep it coming.