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  • We all know I have a weakness for dogs.

    Fishermen Save 38 Dogs From Drowning In Mississippi's Grenada Lake

    Today's good news story comes from Grenada, Mississippi.

    Helena native Bob Gist, a State Farm insurance agent in Jonesboro, became an unexpected hero while crappie fishing on Lake Grenada in Mississippi. What started as a peaceful fishing trip turned into a dramatic rescue mission that saved the lives of 38 distressed dogs.

    Bob, accompanied by a friend and their fishing guide, set out on Lake Grenada, which spans over a mile and a half wide in some areas. As they were navigating the lake, they spotted a large number of dogs swimming far from the shore.

    "These dogs were so far out the three men figured they needed to check on them," the social media post said. "Reaching the dogs they realized there were dogs everywhere. They could tell the dogs were in distress. Where the heck did all these dogs come from and how did they end up in the middle of the lake?"

    Upon reaching the dogs, they discovered the animals were part of a Fox Run event at the lake. Each dog had large numbers painted on its side and wore expensive E-collars. The dogs had chased a deer into the lake and ended up lost and disoriented, unable to find the shore.

    Bob and his crew sprang into action, pulling as many dogs as they could into their boat and transporting them to shore, where their anxious owners awaited. They made several trips back and forth, rescuing as many dogs as they could find.

    Just as they thought their mission was complete, an owner with a GPS tracker informed them that four more dogs were still in the water. Bob and his team, accompanied by the owner, set out once more. They found the four dogs, who were nearly too exhausted to stay afloat, and managed to save them just in time.

    "Bob told me they grabbed the last four dogs as they were sinking under water," the post stated.

    In total, Bob, his friend, and the fishing guide rescued 38 dogs, all of whom had been treading water for nearly an hour.
    Sounds like every dog was saved.
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    • This is a bit different as this one starts with tragedy, but it sounds like they've come a long way in a year.

      KAKE - News crews were invited inside The Covenant School. It wasn't easy, but I accepted the warm invitation.

      A small K-6 school in Green Hills was thrust into the spotlight after a deadly mass shooting.

      The Covenant School kept a low-profile before the shooting on March 27, 2023. When six innocent members of the school community were killed on campus, everything changed.

      I know firsthand that Covenant is a special place. My mother-in-law Diana Apple has worked at Covenant since it opened in 2001. She survived the shooting. When the shooter entered the building, she was taking a break off-campus.

      For the first time since the senseless tragedy, the school invited news crews inside. It wasn't easy, but I accepted the warm invitation and visited the school on Tuesday.

      From the moment you walk into the redesigned school, you can't help but smile. Hundreds of floating, bright origami cranes greet you just steps from the new front desk.

      Trudy Waters, the new Head of School, told the pack of journalists that the beautiful paper birds were one of many gifts given to Covenant.

      "When the events of March 27th happened, there was a gentleman in California who actually sent 209 to give to each of the students who were here," said Trudy Waters.

      Reporters were told the point of the media tour was to show and express to everyone that the school's come a long way thanks to donations and prayers.

      "We just are thankful. It's just hard to hold that really hard and really hopeful in the same space, and we've had to learn to do it, so we want to share that out," Waters said.

      At times, it made me sad to be in the space where a mass shooter killed three students and three staff members. The intentional changes, like rainbows everywhere you look, lifted my spirits.

      Rainbows mean a lot to the school community. Days after the shooting, a double rainbow appeared over the school. In the Bible, God set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant with every living creature.

      Waters told the media she's proud of the playful, inviting feel of their school — which has been through so much.

      "It has been good to be here," she said.

      Some notable names like Billy Joel have made contributions to the school. The music legend's foundation donated new lighting and sound systems for the theater, technology for teaching and learning and an array of new instruments, including a piano.
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      ICT S.O.S - Great local cause fighting against human trafficking
      Wartick Insurance Agency - Saved me money with more coverage.
      Save Shocker Sports - A rallying cry

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      • Young Stranger Spends $2,800 on Funeral for a Woman He Never Met - She Reminded Him of His Sister

        When a young woman died before her time in Italy’s region of Puglia, a stranger felt compelled to help the grief-stricken family.

        Paying off the major part of the woman’s funeral, he told Italian media he expected nothing in return, but was merely listening to the voice in his heart.

        In the city of Fasano, southeast Italy, 25-year-old Ciela Ditano was killed when the elevator doors opened on the fourth floor of her condominium without an elevator to board. She fell four stories to her death.

        In the days that followed, the devastated father and mother, Giuseppe and Giusy, received an unexpected gesture from an unknown person.

        Steven Paparnesi, originally from Milan, had moved to the province of Brindisi where he works as maintenance staff at an old folks home and dreams of becoming a tattoo and street artist. He had never met Ditano, but her death “revived the tragedy” of his sister, Kimberly, who also tragically passed away at age 19.

        Despite occurring 4 years ago, the pain and destabilization of that event still lingers for young Steven, and the news of Ditano’s death brought it all back again.

        “I heard and saw her parents sunken in pain, and I immediately felt I had to help them,” Parpanesi told Corriere del Mezzogiorno. “Their situation touched me deeply, and in this way, I decided to make this gesture at least to take from Ciela’s family a portion of the economic burden, hoping that it will be a modicum of comfort in these circumstances.”
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        • Operation BBQ Relief To Serve 10,000 Free Meals Daily In Texas After Hurricane Beryl

          Today's good news story comes from Texas.

          Kansas City's Operation BBQ Relief has been mobilized to Texas, providing much-needed meals to those affected by Hurricane Beryl. The nonprofit organization has begun scouting the areas in the most need, with one of their key locations being Lake Jackson, TX.

          Stan Hays, CEO and Founder of Operation BBQ Relief, shared that the organization could distribute between 10,000 to 15,000 meals daily during their time in Texas.

          For the first few days, their efforts will focus on feeding first responders and search and rescue teams, ensuring those on the front lines are well-nourished as they aid affected communities.

          "Until we start getting it really known in the community that we are there," Hays said. "We're working with the state of Texas and emergency management to ensure that where we're going is also where they see the biggest need."

          Since its inception in 2011, Operation BBQ Relief has served over 11 million meals across 36 states and the Bahamas.

          "At the end of the day there is something very fulfilling about the reaction you see and you feel from somebody that you know can never repay you for that act of kindness," Hays said.
          Things like this always make me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. As crazy as the world is, people still generally care about others. Especially when those people are in need after an event like this.
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          RIP Guy Always A Shocker
          Carpenter Place - A blessing to many young girls/women
          ICT S.O.S - Great local cause fighting against human trafficking
          Wartick Insurance Agency - Saved me money with more coverage.
          Save Shocker Sports - A rallying cry

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