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Nonprofit closing, giving money to county

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi nonprofit is liquidating some of its assets to assist community charities, including some in Adams County.

Ben Tucker of Southwest Mississippi Resource Conservation and Development said in a Monday meeting of the Adams County Board of Supervisors that the nonprofit representing Adams County and 11 other counties in Southwest Mississippi has closed its doors and is dividing its bank account among other nonprofit organizations in the counties it serves.

Tucker said the Southwest portion of the nonprofit, which had been funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and grants, could divide more than $17,000 among a few local charities.

Martha Watts, chair of the Southwest Mississippi RC&D said the nonprofit was invented on a national scale in 1960 and arrived in Mississippi in 1973 to assist communities with a vast array of resource conservation and community development projects.

In 2010, NRCS pulled out of the nonprofit. Their former office in Brookhaven had to close and the organization floated without a designated space for the past decade, Watts said.

“The good thing about all of this is that we’re able to directly benefit that county and put money there without sitting on it,” Watts said.