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Roses and thorns 7-18-10




Roses to 60 area children who graduated from the Kids'' Fire Academy at the Columbus Boys and Girls Club and the Columbus Fire Department and Columbus-Lowndes Emergency Management Agency for instructing the course.  


The academy was funded by a grant from the Mississippi State Department of Health and taught children ages 7 to 14 about the role of firefighters, how to use 911, home hazards, first aid and how to respond to a fire.  


"There''s a proverb that says, ''It takes an entire village to raise a child, and we want to thank the community for participating," Mary Moore, president of the Boys'' and Girls'' Club, said, after Friday''s graduation.  




A rose to the Starkville Board of Alderman for moving forward on the long-awaited city municipal complex. The aldermen plan to form municipal complex committees to look at the feasibility of prospective sites and make recommendations to the full Board of Aldermen for consideration. 


In 2006, a bond issue proposed for a new municipal complex failed a voter referendum. The project has been on hold until recent developments.  


Starkville City Hall, a former armory across Lampkin Street from First Baptist Church, was donated to the city in 1968 and houses the mayor''s office, city administrative offices, Municipal Court and the Starkville Police Department. 




Roses to organizers and sponsors of Sounds of Summer, a free weekly concert series Thursday evenings at the Columbus Riverwalk. 


Next week, the event features Waiting for Brantley, and on July 29, Mike and Sheila close out this year''s series. 


Sounds of Summer began in 2008 confined to an 8-foot-by-20-foot space on the Riverwalk. Attendance grew quickly and steadily, and a permanent stage with electricity and lights was constructed in 2009 with city funds. 


Main Street Columbus Inc. Director Amber Murphree Brislin says the concert series has been so successful, drawing crowds by the hundreds, because it has mass appeal. 


The Sounds of Summer lineup can be viewed at 


Main Street Columbus, The Columbus Lowndes Development Link, The City of Columbus, Blu Box, Southern Ionics, RDI, Soco, Mitchell Distributing, Lisa Younger Neese, Stark Aerospace, Golden Triangle Radiology, Coca- Cola, Brislin, Inc., Jarrett''s Towing & Food Giant 






Roses to the city of Aberdeen and celebrity makeup artist and Aberdeen native Billy Brasfield. An HGTV show, "Hometown Renovations," will air in January 2011, featuring the home at 208 High St. in Aberdeen.  


The house, which Brasfield is helping prepare for its national TV debut, was built in 1904 and has been mostly idle for about 10 years before being selected for transformation. Final filming will take place on the day of the open house. 


Columbus merchants Bella Interiors, Lighting Plus and The Granite Guys also were selected to help in the home''s transformation. 


Brasfield has worked with Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, the Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler and many more celebrities.



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