Good things happen in our community

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 18, 2016

As we once again search for answers to the violence that has gripped our nation — this time after three Baton Rouge police officers were gunned down Sunday — let us not be consumed by despair and pessimism about the current state of our nation. Let’s be reminded that good things are happening in our community every day. Highlights from this past week include:

-In the wake of the killings of police officers in Dallas, local organizations and individual residents made a point to show their appreciation for the safety and security provided by local law enforcement. Members of the Natchez Newcomers Club delivered two large cakes to the Natchez Police Department and to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning. The sheet cakes decorated in red, white and blue icing, were just a small token of the appreciation for the lives that are put on the line every day.

-Retired NBA superstar Dominique Wilkins visited Natchez Wednesday to help break ground for two full-size basketball courts and two half courts to complement the planned swimming pool and multi-purpose fields at Liberty Park. Using money from the Magnolia Bluffs Casino community development fund, officials hope the new courts will inspire positive community development among area youth. As Mayor Darryl Grennell stated Wednesday, we hope the courts will be part of the city’s mission to save young people.

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-Cathedral valedictorian Deja Harris is following her passion for art and for helping others in the mental health field. Harris has her bags packed and is ready to attend Belhaven College in Jackson to pursue a major in art and a minor in psychology. She has her eyes set on a career in art therapy. Harris said giving back to others has always been an important part of her life. We know her drive for excellence and her willingness to help others will guide her to a bright future.

As our nation continues the long and difficult conversation about violence, let’s be reminded to recognize those who strive to make our community great.