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Roses and thorns 11-1-09




A rose to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau for bringing Michael Feldman''s Whad''Ya Know? radio show to Columbus. 


Whad''Ya Know? is a humorous interview and quiz radio show produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed weekly by Public Radio International. It can be heard on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio, 89.9 F.M. 


On Dec. 12, Feldman -- accompanied on-stage by Jim Packard, announcer, and the Whad''ya Know Trio with John Thulin on piano, Jeff Hamann on bass, and Clyde Stubblefield on drums - will broadcast live from Rent Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. Millions will hear the show and advertisements promoting its visit to Columbus, drawing national attention to the Friendly City. Tickets for the show are $25 for general admission or $40 for VIP seating close to the stage and can be purchased at the CVB office on Seventh Street North, 662-329-1191, or online at 


The CVB expects to draw a crowd from all over the Golden Triangle and Alabama to help fill out the 1,200 seats in Rent Auditorium. And we expect Columbus residents to turn out in full force for the event. 




Roses to the Mississippi University for Women nursing department for partnering with local schools and the State Department of Health to offer the H1N1 vaccine to students. 


Columbus High, Lee Middle, Franklin Elementary and Hunt Intermediate school students Wednesday will be able to get vaccinated at school, with parents'' permission. 


Other Columbus schools are expected to have on-site vaccinations later this month. (Please see related story on Page 1A) 


Since May 15, 1,208 Mississippi cases of H1N1 swine flu have been confirmed. 


President Obama recently declared the swine-flu outbreak a national public health emergency. And health officials are expecting a surge of patients in the coming months. MUW''s readiness and willingness to partner with local schools to prevent the spread of the disease is protecting our most precious commodity. 




A thorn to the vandals who have damaged or stolen more than $750 in autumn decorations in downtown Columbus. 


Most of the destruction took place on Oct. 22 in a spree that spanned several city blocks from the Magnolia Bowl to College Street, according to police. More vandalism occurred the following day. 


Main Street Columbus spent $2,300 for seasonal decorations and won''t be able to replace the damaged or stolen pumpkins, gourds and other items, placed with efforts from volunteers. 


For years volunteers have put time and energy into decorating to spread cheer and make areas of the city more pleasing to the eye. It''s a shame we haven''t all been able to enjoy the fruits of this labor of love without this type of destruction. 


Main Street receives funding through the city of Columbus, Lowndes County and private donations. Anyone wishing to donate to future projects or to volunteer may call Main Street Columbus'' office at 662-328-6305.



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