Roses and thorns 6-26-11

June 25, 2011 9:54:00 PM



A rose to longtime Mississippi State sports announcer Jack Cristil, who recently had a stretch of Highway 82 named in his honor. During his 58 years as the voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil logged more than a million miles of travel. His legendary status at the campus made it only natural to dub a portion of the thoroughfare Jack Cristil Highway. 


Cristil called about 60 percent of all MSU football games and 55 percent of all MSU basketball games while attending more than 1,500 athletic events. MSU Journalist in Residence Sid Salter is working on a book about Cristil''s life and career. 




Roses to this year''s class of Leadership Lowndes graduates. The group has dedicated their time, over the past nine months, to get to know the ins and outs of the community they live and work in with sessions dedicated to law enforcement, government, education, media and more. The class also performed hours of community service. This year''s graduates included Matt Brown of Regions Bank, Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks of Columbus Air Force Base, Ronnie Good of Cadence Bank, Alicia Grant of Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Kegdra Gray of K-Gray Financial Services, Josh Hartley of Buckley & Associates, Omar Jones of Crye-Leike Realty, Paul McCreary of Cadence Bank, Aaron McNeal of Neel-Schaffer Inc., John Mitchell of JDS Wealth Strategies, Derek Rogers of WCBI, Jill Savely of Columbus High School, Patti Stanley of IKON Office Solutions, Dr. Shana Sullivan of Saum Chiropractic Clinic and Lindsey Wiseman of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes. 


We hope this promising group of young leaders will continue to stay involved with the community. 




A rose to new Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman, welcoming her to the area and hoping she will be able to use her energy, intensity and enthusiasm to transform the school''s softball program into a contender in the Southeastern Conference and at the national level.