Plenty of good news last week

Published 12:13 am Monday, August 29, 2016

Temperatures show few signs that the traditional end of summer is a week away. As we approach the Labor Day holiday, let’s look at some of good news from last week:

-Local donors helped The Castle restaurant raise a record amount of money for its annual St. Jude’s Research Hospital benefit. Organizers of the Aug. 21 event were still accepting donations and expected the total to top $37,000. Inspired by leukemia survivor Julia Eidt and her family, the annual event has raised more than $200,000 since in started 10 years ago. All of the food, auction items and staff time is donated to the event every year. Thanks to all who have donated their money, time and spirit to this worthwhile cause.

-Law enforcement agencies from as far away as Lawrence and Pike counties converged at the foot of the Mississippi River bridges Wednesday morning to present a united message against impaired driving. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten hosted the first Hands Across the Border event. Too often residents forget that behind every traffic statistic is a mother, father or family member that is lost, officers at the event said. With Labor Day just around the corner, we thank organizers for reminding us about the importance of drinking responsibly.

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-National parks across the country celebrate the 100th birthday of what has been called “America’s best idea.” In 1916, Woodrow Wilson created the national park system. Last year a record 307 million visits were paid to our national parks including the Natchez National Historical Park and the Natchez Trace Parkway. We are fortunate that the NPS continues to play a vital role in preserving our area’s natural beauty and historical treasures. Here’s to another 100 years.

As we prepare for the week, let’s remember to give thanks to everyone who is striving to make our community great.