Roses and thorns

January 30, 2010 11:37:00 PM



A rose to state Sen. Doug Davis, who we expect Monday to bring the MUW name change to committee, and to local leaders who are going to the Capitol to support the measure. The Senate Universities and Colleges committee, chaired by Davis, of Hernando, will hear arguments on both sides of the issue, and an IHL representative will offer perspective. 


If Mississippi University for Women is going to survive, it first must change its name to something relevant. The university''s divided alumni joined forces to raise funds for the school and fight a proposed consolidation with Mississippi State. But if our fair lady wins that battle and remains independent, it will only be the beginning of the battle. 


A group of about 30 people, including Gordon Flowers, Bobby Harper and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, will head to Jackson Monday morning as a show of support for the Senate bill, No. 2702. 


The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link organized the trip, so business leaders can show their support for a name change. 




Roses to community members who have been volunteering their services to help make decisions on how United Way funds are allocated. Volunteers divide into groups, touring facilities and reviewing financial statements from the various United Way supported entities, to make recommendations on how to distribute money from the United Way''s 2011 campaign. 


The agency has raised $593,433, with a goal of $600,000. Despite the United Way being so close to its goal, its director, Jan Ballard, expects to have to dip into reserve funds. 


To give, call 662-328-0943 or visit 




A rose each to longtime educators who recently were inducted into the Starkville Area Education Hall of Fame. Dr. JoAnn Vicks, Dr. Cathy Grace and Edythe Moore McArthur were tapped for the honor Thursday during the Greater Starkville Development Partnership''s annual awards banquet. 


Roses also go to those honored by the Partnership for their service to the community -- the T.E. Veitch Community Service Award was awarded to the Starkville Community Market; the Crystal Pineapple Tourism Award was awarded to the Mississippi State University Athletic Department; the Military Service Award was given to Gulf States Manufacturers, which made and donated steel replicas of the minuteman logo for each of the state''s Army National Guard Units; Industry of the Year Award to Weavexx; and Ambassador of the Year Award was given to Carolyn Jackson, co-founder of WLZA Radio in Starkville.