March 29, 2014 9:00:14 PM
A rose to Columbus artist Larry Feeney, who was honored with a reception hosted by the Lowndes County Chapter of the MUW Alumni Association on Friday. Feeney spent 37 years as a full-time instructor at The W. During that time he undoubtedly inspired, encouraged and nurtured countless art students. Feeney has a collection of his works on display at the Eugenia Summer Gallery inside MUW's Art and Design Building until April 10. The retrospective is called "Illuminated Memory." We encourage you to visit and take in the work of an artist and man we are proud calls Columbus home.
A rose to the homeowners whose houses are part of the 74th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. The 16-day observance that began Friday is one of our town's signature events. Last year, about 10,000 visitors came to tour our local Antebellum homes. We expect that many or more this year with Saturday's "Catfish in the Alley" shindig being incorporated. The economic impact of the event benefits the whole of Columbus. Without the homeowners' willingness to take part -- many of them go to great efforts and personal expense to recreate costumes and entertainment activities from the 19th century -- the success of Pilgrimage would be in question. Thankfully, we don't worry about that. This is our time to show off.
A rose to the MUW alumni who have ventured back to Columbus to celebrate the university's annual homecoming, which kicked off Thursday and runs through today. We all start our journeys somewhere, and for many of the alumni back in Columbus this weekend their adult lives' endeavors first took shape on the beautiful campus on College Street. This is a time for them to reminisce, reconnect and forge new relationships. The W is part of our town's fabric. Its students, past and present, represent an important part of this community's eclectic culture.
A thorn to whoever is responsible for the bomb threats that have been called into Columbus Middle School. There have been four such threats this school year. The latest occurred Friday. Each time, students have been rushed off of campus and law enforcement officials have searched the school. Nothing dangerous has been found. Still, whether an adult or minor is behind the threats, it is a form of terrorism. We are confident authorities will find whoever is responsible. We hope they receive an appropriate punishment.
A rose to the Greater Starkville Development Partnership for its efforts in organizing the most successful Starkville Restaurant Week to date. Starkville is developing a reputation for its innovative chefs and bold restaurants. Partnership officials found the winning formula for an event that not only gives publicity to Starkville businesses and charities, but also helps drive up 2 percent food and beverage tax returns for the week after spring break, a time period notorious for slow sales. Participating restaurants collected more than 16,000 votes during the event's charity aspect, a figure that increased by 54 percent from 2013's inaugural event. Congratulations are also due to the patrons who took time to eat local and the donation-winning charities.
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