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Roses and thorns 8/9/09




  • A rose to the town of Caledonia, which rebounded from a devastating tornado in January 2008 in a big way this week: Students returning to classes found themselves inside a new gym and Allied Health and Trades building. 


    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. 




  • Another rose to Caledonia, which won the Mississippi Municipal League''s 2009 Municipal Excellence Award for public safety for a population of under 10,000, for construction of its new skate park. Caledonia''s Leslie Webber accepted the award on behalf of the town at a Biloxi conference last month. 


    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. 




  • A rose to the legion of Mississippi University of Women students giving a hand to their fellow classmates on Saturday.  


    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. 




  • A rose to the dozen or so churches in Starkville and Oktibbeha County that team up to feed the hungry three days each week. 


    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. 




  • A thorn to the Oktibbeha County man arrested last weekend for killing a neighbor''s dog that wandered onto his property in the Browning Creek subdivision. 


    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. 






    Know of someone who deserves a rose -- or a thorn? Send your nomination to [email protected], and we''ll consider it for a future mention.



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