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Roses and thorns: 6/16/13




A rose to all the Dads out there. OK, so roses are not the customary Father's Day gift, but sentiment behind the rose fits. While fathers perform all sorts of duties and meet all kinds of needs, two of the most common roles a good dad plays is that or provider and protector. Simply put, any home with a good dad is a safer, more secure place. Thanks, dads! 




A rose for Mississippi University for Women which hosted, Saturday a week ago, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 34th Annual Awards Banquet. The event, which honors achievement in the arts, brought to town a host of notable writers, artists and their patrons, including Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and curator and writer Patti Carr Black. A tip of the hat to MUW President Jim Borsig for serving as master of ceremonies and MUW faculty member and MIAL board governor Bridget Pieschel who organized the event, which included readings, a reception and banquet. 




A rose to downtown Columbus, which has added another distinction this week when Southern Business & Development magazine recognized downtown Columbus in its annual Top-10 edition under the category, "Top Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South." The ranking recognized the thriving business community, real estate and cultural offerings as part of the outstanding center of the community. The Top Ten issue is reviewed nationwide and covers a wide array of categories, ranging from districts with rich oil and gas markets to community college workforce training. 




A rose to officers from the Columbus Police Department and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for teaming up to raise money for Special Olympics athletes of Mississippi. CPD officers stood on the roof of the Krispy Kreme store on Highway 45 in Columbus from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, enduring the 90-degree-plus heat in a bid to raise $750 for local Special Olympians. A rose to for the Columbus Fire Department, which provided support for the event. 




A rose to the Mississippi State baseball team, which defeated Virginia, 6-5, Monday to win the Super Regional in Charlottesville, Va., and advance to its ninth College World Series, its first since 2007. The Bulldogs won their opening game of the CWS Saturday, defeating Oregon State, 5-4. MSU will play the winner of Saturday's late game between Louisville and Indiana on Monday in a winner's bracket game. Regardless of how they fare the rest of the tournament, the Bulldogs will finish among the nation's top eight teams. MSU has never won a national championship. Could this be the year? 




A rose to all the volunteers for their work with Camp Rising Sun, a camp that features a week full of activities, games and general fun for a group of kids who really need it. The camp began Monday, with 55 campers between the ages of 6 and 16 participating. Rising Sun is for children who have been diagnosed with cancer and includes all the activities that make camp special -- swimming, fishing, campfires, canoing, sports. Perhaps most important, it's a great way for the kids to share they experience and make friends with kids who know what it's like to have cancer. Clearly, the ambitious schedule makes volunteer support critical to the camp's success.



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