Roses and thorns: 11/19/11

November 19, 2011 8:44:00 PM



A rose to longtime educator Alma Turner, who recently stepped down from the Columbus school board. While Turner has served on the board since 2004, she has had a career in education for more than 40 years. As principal of Demonstration School in Columbus, Turner earned the adoration of her faculty, as well as her students and their parents. "All I know is I want what's best for children," Turner said during a past board meeting. And with the comments she made during those meetings and the votes she cast, we all knew it, too. Her voice on the school board will be missed. 




A bouquet of roses to the teachers with whom we entrust our most precious resources. More than 1,000 educators gathered at Mississippi University for Women last week, celebrating American Education Week, listening to an inspirational speaker and getting a well-deserved thank you, courtesy of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. We would like to add our gratitude to the mix. Good teachers can never get enough praise for the valuable work they do. 




A rose to Wes and Meaghan Gordon of Starkville, who are fulfilling a dream of adopting a child. The Gordons, who already have two children of their own, are working with Children's Hope International to adopt a boy from Ethiopia. Despite the hurdles that come with international adoption, the Gordons are pressing forward trying to raise the estimated $30,000 it will take to bring Max home. Max is the name they have chosen for the son they have yet to meet. 




A rose to Columbus and Greenville Railway Co. for its efforts to beautify a blighted area. The company, located on Fifth Avenue North, planted crepe myrtle trees in the area near their offices and cleared scrap metal and debris. We hope residents and business owners in the area will follow C & G's example. If each of us would focus on making our corner of the world more beautiful, we would awake one day with a beautiful community. 




A rose to Robert Smith and the host of volunteers who helped the Columbus mayor bring hundreds of community members together at the Trotter Convention Center for a unity luncheon. Smith hosted the Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon, at which seniors were the guests of honor, for the sixth year. Smith's goal with the event is to encourage unity within the city. The diversity of the event is evidence of that unity, he said.