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Good news from last week in midst of COVID-19

In an age of uncertainty, good news can be the antidote to fear and anxiety.

In the last few days, much of the world has been focused on the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on everyday life.

Events are canceled. Sports venues are closed. School hallways are dark.

Daily review of the headlines contributes to the sense of unease that has gripped the nation. And yet, the good news in our community still has the power to — if only briefly — calm nerves and invite a smile.

Some of the good news last week included:

4Not only is Concordia Parish senior John-Garrett Patrick an aspiring politician, he is also among seven finalists for the 2020 Louisiana Student of the Year honor. The son of Sabrina and Tab Doré and a senior at Concordia Parish Academy of Math, Science and Technology, Patrick serves in several statewide youth leadership roles. Locally, Patrick plays on the Vidalia High School tennis team and is ranked first in his class. With all his accomplishments, Patrick is deserving of the statewide honor, which will be announced on April 1. 

4The prayers of Dalton and Brittani Slade were answered last week when they received the news that their son Blaze Slade was expected to make a full recovery after a near-drowning accident. The day before the Slade family received the news, nearly 100 people gathered for a prayer and praise vigil outside the Slade home. A GoFundMe page was also started by friends of the family to assist with medical expenses. By Thursday, the page had accumulated nearly $7,000 in donations. We are thankful for Blaze’s recovery and for the community’s unwavering support.

It is a testament to always be on the lookout for good news in our community.