August 8, 2009 10:08:00 PM
The scene was a far cry from just after the storm, when the buildings lay devastated by the massive tornado which plowed through the area, also destroying more than two dozen homes.
The new buildings and new homes in the area are a testament to Caledonians'' and Lowndes Countians'' ability to endure and persevere.
The award was one of only seven the Mississippi Municipal League awarded to cities and towns of all sizes. Caledonia stood alongside municipalities including Meridian, Madison, Picayune, Tishomingo, Plantersville and Woodland.
The skate park will be located on 7,500 square feet in Ola J. Pickett Park, giving skateboarders a place to ride without interfering with traffic.
Many much larger cities don''t offer such an amenity. Kudos to the town for improving quality of life in such a unique way.
The yellow-shirted Welcome Week Corps was a welcome sight to students moving onto campus during Move-In Day, in need of help carrying boxes, bins and furniture up to their rooms.
These student volunteers could have been off taking care of themselves, or doing something else. Instead, they were extending a hand. For that, we say thanks, and hope those students who were helped "pay it forward," and keep the good deeds rolling.
The Casserole Kitchen, which takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church, is staffed by volunteers at each church, which share the duties of cooking and serving anyone who needs a meal -- no questions asked.
Yes, dogs shouldn''t be running loose onto others'' property, even if you''re "in the country." We buy into Robert Frost''s axiom that often, "good fences make good neighbors."
But killing a family''s pet, obviously, isn''t the answer. A better one would have been calling animal control.
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