Pause to take look at good news

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 11, 2016

After a week of news that left much of the nation in shock and pain over the deadly shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, let’s pause to look at some of the good news of the past few days:

– Community members gathered at the bandstand gazebo on the Mississippi River bluff Saturday to join together for a morning of prayer and praise. In light of the violence in our nation Natchez and Adams County, mayor Darryl Grennell and others said it was important that community gather to pray for unity. The diverse crowd demonstrated for a moment the power of putting aside differences and praying for healing in the nation and community.

– The U.S. Senate officially recognized the Natchez Tricentennial in a resolution introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Thad Cochran. The resolution honored Natchez as a historic treasure and as a city that played a significant role in the state’s economy over the centuries. The resolution is a testament to the continued importance Natchez plays in Mississippi and our nation.

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– Ferriday High School valedictorian Delandrius Dunbar is getting an early start at college by attending Philander Smith College’s early START program. Motivated by his family, teachers and coaches to stay in school, Dunbar says he is glad he was pushed to excel. With his positive attitude and strong support group, we know he is well on his way to reach his next step in life.

– A step of confidence for Natchez’s Lauren Rymer has turned out to be a step toward the Miss Teen USA crown. The Adams County Christian School graduate will be representing the state of Mississippi in the national competition at the end of the month. At one time scared to make a presentation in front of her class, Rymer will now be walking on the stage in Las Vegas in front of a live-streaming audience. Rymer says she hopes her success motivates others to be the best they can be. With that one big step, Rymer has become an inspiration to our community.

As we continue to consider the aftermath of the shootings in our nation, let’s remember to always look for the good news in our community.