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Roses and thorns: 3-14-2010





A rose to Rashad Perkins and the Starkville High School boys'' basketball team for earning the school''s first state championship since 1961. 


Coach Greg Carter leads the SHS basketball team -- Perkins, Edward Townsel, Keon McKinney, Michael Brand, Nathan Ball, Shaquille Hill, Steven Brand, Gavin Ware, Brandon Johnson, Calvin Young, Jaquez Johnson and Tory Rice. 


Perkins earned the Cellular South Player of the Game award after his double-double. He scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds. He and Townsel were named to the All-Tournament Team. 


The team members and several members of the 1961 SHS team rode in a parade Thursday in honor of the two championship teams. 




A rose to Ward 5 Columbus City Councilman Kabir Karriem, Columbus police officer Rhonda Sanders, the Columbus Police Department and others who helped to bring a police substation to the Sim Scott Park area. 


The substation, at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 18th Street North, will serve not only as a work station for officers assigned to the area, but also a place for the community to have a conversation with the police department. And a constant police presence will offer area residents peace of mind and easy access to their law enforcement agents. 




A rose to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link for helping Columbus to secure a spot as a top micropolitan for 2009. Site Selection magazine ranked the city No. 7. The magazine focuses on corporate real estate strategy and economic development. Last year, Columbus was No. 14 in the listing. 


In 2009, the Link helped secure $125 million to $150 million in new investments and 150 new jobs. 


Policom''s most recent data puts Columbus at No. 100 of 574 micropolitan areas in the United States. 


In 2004, Columbus was ranked 374th. The Link was formed in 2003, and since has pushed Columbus toward the top tier of micropolitans.



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