Roses and thorns 9-5-10

September 4, 2010 8:59:00 PM

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Roses to participants and organizers of last weekend''s Roast-n-Boast barbecue contest at the Columbus Fairgrounds. 

 

More than 2,000 people attended the two-day event 

 

After smoking hogs through the night, Columbus and Batesville teams took home the bacon, winning first in their categories Saturday at the annual Roast-n-Boast. 

 

Thirty-five teams competed at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, duking it out for first-place wins in whole hog, ribs and shoulder categories. 

 

Roses also go to the Short Bus Cookers, a local team who were named grand champions in the backyard category for amateurs. It was the Columbus-based team''s first time in the competition. And to the Columbus-based Cotton Patch Cooking Team, who will represent the Roast-n-Boast at the Memphis In May World Championship. 

 

 

 

Roses to organizers of Travis Outlaw Day. The sixth annual event last weekend drew nearly 2,000 people to Starkville''s McKee Park for barbecue, games, music, races and more. As a part of the day, Outlaw made a $20,000 contribution to the Starkville Boys and Girls Club.  

 

Outlaw, a former Starkville High School basketball star, now plays for the New Jersey Nets. 

 

 

 

Roses to those who fanned out across the city of Starkville to spruce up in time for Mississippi State''s first home game. Volunteers were out in full force picking up trash, pulling weeds and trimming hedges. Cleaning up your hometown to welcome visitors to Starkville for the football season is a good thing, and we hope the efforts continue year-round. We should all take enough pride in our communities to help clean it up when we can. 

 

The Get Swept Up event was sponsored by Verizon Wireless, Mediagraphix Photography, Mississippi Community Action Team, Eat With Us, Prudential Starkville Properties, Spruill Property Management, Starkville Martial Arts Academy, Coldwell Banker, Comfort Suites, Shep''s Cleaners, Starkville Computers, Shopping-Bargains.com and The Book Mart and Cafe. 

 

 

 

A thorn to Leroy Brooks for standing behind his and past supervisors'' decision to illegally donate funds to Brooks'' nonprofit. 

 

A circuit court judge ruled past boards should pay back the money an insurance company paid to the county reimbursing it for more than $85,000 in donations made to the African-American Cultural Organization from 1993-2000. And while Brooks says he and the other living defendants might appeal, we suggest you suck it up, pay the money back and be happy no criminal charges have been brought.