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Attendees get pep talk at walking trail dedication

By Rupert Howell

Bob Tyler told a crowd of local officials Friday that the dedication of the walking trail at Trussell Park was “a great day for the whole area.”

Tyler, of Water Valley,  not only directs Yalobusha County’s Economic Development District, he also assists Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks with special projects such as Friday’s event. The walking trail was mostly funded with grants from MDWFP.

The former collegiate and high school football coach used a positive pep talk approach calling Batesville northwest Mississippi’s hub similar to Tupelo as northeast Mississippi’s hub.

He also commended local officials, some whose names will soon be on a ballot,  with vision to construct the park noting that children need a reason to get off the couch and away from video games.

“More than ever health is important—exercise is more important than ever,” Tyler told the assembled group.

The park, trail and lighting was funded with MDWFP grants with the City of Batesville paying their share with matching funds in-kind services. It includes the trail with exercise stations, solar lighting, picnic areas and playground equipment.

Located on Highway 35 north, Walter Trussell Park is fronted by tennis court and ball diamonds which are heavily used during three seasons of the year.

Mayor Jerry Autrey credited Lauralee Gann with Mendropp Engineering for helping locate funding with Tyler commenting, “I understand Lauralee writes a pretty good grant application.”

Tyler also recognized Representative Nolan Mettetal for his support of MDWFP over the years he has served in the state’s Senate and House.

The 81-year-old former coach was accompanied by his wife, Dale, at the Friday afternoon festivities.

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