March 26, 2009
Citizens of Columbus are gearing up to honor Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks for 25 years of service. Brooks, who was elected to his post in 1983, is the longest-serving supervisor in the county''s history and is the first African-American elected to the board.
A Community Tribute Dinner in honor of Brooks is planned for Friday night at the Trotter Convention Center. Mississippi 2nd District Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat, will be the guest speaker for the event.
"The community just wants to show support for him," said Columbus-Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director Cindy Lawrence, who is helping organize the event. "We''re just showing him we thank him for his support over the past 25 years."
Admission to the event is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7. Entertainment will be provided by musical duo Keith and Margie.