Dignitaries bring area good news

Published 12:54 am Monday, October 29, 2007

The dignitaries just couldn’t stay away from Natchez this week.

With the opening of the federal courthouse, the ceremony at the Liberty Road bridge and the Chamber of Commerce dinner, it was a busy week for special events.

Sen. Thad Cochran, Rep. Sam Mims, Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown and countless other important names made appearances all week long.

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But the good news extended well beyond the events this week. Let’s review some of the good headlines our community brought us.

A class of sixth-graders at Trinity Episcopal Day School has taken their studies and transformed them into actions. In honor of Holocaust victims, the class is collecting 1.5 million pieces of plastic silverware for local charities.

It’s great to see a class taking action in their community.

An elementary school in Centreville has received a Level 5 academic ranking from the state. The level is the highest available, and Fitch Elementary should be applauded. They have set forth an example that we hope our Natchez schools will soon follow.

Teens Nicholas Smith and Elbert “P.J.” King kept level heads last week when the driver of the school bus they were on had a sudden health concern. The teens took control and brought the loaded-bus safely to a stop.

Though the situation was a tragedy for the driver, these boys deserve commendation for their responsible actions that avoided potential disaster.

We know the week to come will bring just as many good headlines.