Spring weather ushers in good news

Published 12:22 am Monday, May 8, 2017

As spring-like weather continues to bless our community with blue skies, low humidity and pleasant temperatures, let us pause to reflect on some of the highlights from last week:

Miss-Lou residents gathered at the Vidalia recreation complex to join in the annual Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser. Survivors, caregivers and community members spent the night celebrating life, remembering those who have died and fighting back with their wallets to raise money for cancer research. The annual event continues to be one of the most successful Relay for Life events in the country. Congratulations to this year’s organizers and to all of the teams that work hard every year with one goal in mind — to find a cure for cancer.

Betty Jo Harris and her students at Delta Charter School were not content to see the poverty in their community. Her two civics classes made up of sophomores and juniors decided to start a conversation about the issue, develop plans of action to address the problem and then take their ideas to town hall. Harris said the goal of the class was to get the students to understand how issues such as poverty affect them. Many of Harris’ students said the project helped them open their eyes and see what is happening in their community.

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Not satisfied with last year’s success, the City of Natchez is looking for 100 people in the Miss-Lou who are ready to exercise more, eat right and lose weight. Funded by Humana Foundation, the city is once again hosting the Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention Program. Last year, 22 of the program’s graduates collectively lost more than 300 pounds. This year, organizers are hoping for even greater success. We hope that all who participate will help improve the health of the community as a whole.

As we enter a new week of new opportunities and healthy choices, let us remember to always be on the look out for good things in our community.