By DANA GOWER
The group, which currently has about 12 members, held a work day at the equestrian trail on Saturday, July 29 2006.
new organization has scheduled a cookout and membership drive meeting
beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Sumrall Voting Precinct. Anyone
interested in learning more about the new organization can call its
president, Greg Lowery, at 601-606-9880, or Johnny Kerley, a member of
the group and the Pearl and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational
District board of directors, at 601-943-5003.
Lowery attended this month1s regular monthly meeting of the Rails-to-Trails district last week.
In a separate
action last week, Stone Barefield, the long-time attorney for the
Rails-to-Trails board, announced his retirement. A former legislator, Barefield helped create and promote the legislation establishing the
Longleaf Trace board. I don't know of anything I've been involved in
that I've enjoyed more, he said. I do this regretfully because I love
this board. Barefield noted that he had just celebrated his 79th
birthday at the end of July and that it was time to begin easing back on
some of his
The Longleaf Trace, which is open to the public, is the state's first
Rails-to-Trails conversion and conservancy project, designated a
National Recreational Trail on June 2, 2004. The 40.25-mile trail
extends from the Gateway at the University of Southern Mississippi to
Prentiss. The equestrian trail is about 23 miles in length.
Reprinted with the author's permission from the Advertiser News.