Columbus Middle School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend volunteers; Golden Triangle first responders; Ernest Rogers; and Minnie Fox
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Leslie Frazier; Columbus police officers; current and prospective county office-holders.
Givers; Oktibbeha County Humane Society; Annie McDaniel; Francis Thomas Troskey
U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS workers; the Columbus Municipal School District; the families of two Starkville men who were killed on icy highways in north Mississippi; the vandals who broke out the windows of three cabs and two businesses in Columbus.
Sarah Jo Murphy; the Columbus Arts Council; Edwina Williams and Dr. Robert Gilbert; Geri Jones, Annie Norman and Vicki West; the volunteers of the Happy Irby Christmas Fund.
Tornado victims; Columbus Main Street; Debbie Fancher; party responsible for the release of a Lowndes County murder suspect
West Point High School football team, the holiday spirit, Leslie Frazier, Black Friday shoppers.
Columbus Girlchoir and director Cherry Dunn; Veterans Day organizers; Harold Lathon; and Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity volunteers
West Point Mayor Scott Ross; Caledonia Elementary School; and Columbus Light and Water Department board
Councilmen, Heritage seniors, Jermaine Hodges, Dustin Evans, Jeremy Evans, MUW
A thorn to Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem, Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor and Ward 4 Councilman Fred Stewart, for voting in favor of a business rezoning that the neighborhood didn't want.
Columbus Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Denise and Ricky Sandifer; organizers of this weekend's Sam Hairston Celebration; Columbus Planning and Zoning Commission.
Kasandra Fowler, Columbus Municipal Court Judge Curtis Austin, anonymous donors, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
Organizers of the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival; organizers of the Fall Tour of Historic Homes; Main Street Columbus and the volunteers; Columbus Police Department; and the Columbus School District
A rose to the city of Columbus, Lowndes County, and the Columbus Lowndes Recreation Authority for the open, public process if has gone through to get public input on the soccer complex and park planned for Burns Bottom.
Spencer Perkins; local teachers; Columbus City Council; and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers
A rose to the Lowndes County jail for resuming its GED program for inmates after a 10-year hiatus.
Roast-n-Boast barbecue contest participants and organizers; organizers of Travis Outlaw Day; Starkville volunteers; and Leroy Brooks
A rose to Sarah Sepaugh of Starkville for her efforts to preserve the city of Starkville's support of the library.
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