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Roses and thorns: 8/28/11




Roses to organizers of a weekend of fun-filled events, from Travis Outlaw Day in Starkville to the Cruisin'' the River Car Show and Roast-N-Boast cooking contest in Columbus. This weekend the area had no shortage of family-friendly events in which to partake. 


And the events weren''t just for fun. Each benefited a good cause. 


Outlaw made a hefty donation to the Starkville Boys and Girls Club; proceeds from the Roast-N-Boast cooking contest went to the American Cancer Society; and the Southern Cruisers Car Club uses proceeds from the car show to support Outdoors Without Limits, Rising Sun and the Area Council on Aging, as well as to purchase Christmas presents for nursing-home residents. 




Roses to those community members who took part in the campus listening sessions at Mississippi University for Women on Thursday. The state College Board and commissioner of higher education hosted a series of sessions to find out what qualities MUW faculty and staff and community members want to see in the next university president. 


As the college prepares to make such an important transition, having community input is key to the process. The College Board recognized that and so reached out to the community. The dozens of people who attended the sessions, responding to the call, deserve kudos for taking an active part in the search. 




Roses to Alton Ming and Shawn Jordan of Columbus, who have carried food and supplies to residents impacted by Hurricane Irene, through the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army''s Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division''s Jackson headquarters dispatched seven mobile feeding units to Lexington, N.C., where they remain until Hurricane Irene passes. 


You can make a one-time donation of $10 to aid storm victims by texting the word "storm" to the Salvation Army at 80888. Messaging and data rates may apply. The donation will be added to your phone bill. 


You can also donate online at



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