Balloons lift up week of good news

Published 12:34 am Monday, October 23, 2017

Although Mother Nature put an early end to this year’s Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, many residents and tourists had the opportunity to see hot-air balloons criss-cross the Miss-Lou skies this past weekend.

Not only did balloons fly on Friday morning and Saturday morning, but many residents were treated to random balloon sightings in the days leading up to the annual festival. As we prepare to come down from the weekend, let us take a look back at some of the good things that happened last week:

  • Vidalia High School senior Zachary Taylor is not content with choosing between his athletic and academic aspirations. The football team’s left tackle already has scholarship offers to play ball. He recently was nominated for the Wendy’s Heisman Award for his excellent grade point average and proven leadership skills. As much as he wants to play ball, Taylor also aspires to use his love of math to help others in the field of prosthetics. Making a 30 on the ACT, Taylor is content with chasing both dreams realizing he can be the best on the field and in the classroom.
  • The late Ed Godfrey was honored by family, friends and colleagues Saturday morning when one of the projects he helped spearhead was named for the faithful volunteer of the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. The Ed Godfrey Sports Tent was dedicated in Godfrey’s honor with stories, laughter and a toast. Godfrey, who died early this year, decided football fans should not have to choose between enjoying the festival and rooting for their favorite college teams when he helped create the tent approximately 10 years ago. The tent was just one Godfrey’s lasting contributions to Natchez and the balloon race.

Let us remember thank those who continue to make our community great.

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