By Rex Wilgus/Monroe Journal
SMITHVILLE – Mississippi’s first lady Deborah Bryant visited Smithville on Wednesday to meet residents, look at recovery efforts around the town and hold a town hall meeting at Smithville Baptist Church.
Bryant was presented with a golden shovel by Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy, who said Bryant was known for her compassion and that residents were grateful for her visit.
Bryant offered a check for $2,500 for the recovery efforts.
“This is just a resilient community,” Bryant said. “They have great people here. They’ll be fine. I just want to get back to work and help them any way I can.”
Doug Wiggins, the supervisor for Monroe County’s District 1, which includes Smithville, said, “I think it’s wonderful that she would come and see the needs here today and to be willing to try to help us meet those needs.”
Smithville will hold its Community Assessment Survey from 5-7 p.m. today at Crossbound Church. Anyone 18 or older who lives within six miles of Smithville is invited to participate and share their wishes for Smithville’s future.