Roses and thorns 10/4/09




  • A rose to The Brickfire Project for bringing the Black Hills Festival back to Starkville after a decade,


    After a 10-year hiatus, the festival, held Saturday at J.L. King Memorial Park, again brought music, food and fun to the areas around the park, located off North Long Street.


    The Brickfire Project focuses primarily on child care, after school and other programs.



    But after many requests, Helen Taylor, CEO of The Brickfire Project, decided to bring the event back to the community.


    Taylor hopes the event can help strengthen the northern area of the city by providing a quality family event to enjoy and a place to strengthen and forge new friendships.



  • A rose to Kabir Karriem and other organizers and sponsors of this year''s Seventh Avenue Heritage Fest. The event, which celebrates a historic area of town once teeming with black businesses and entertainment, is like a huge block party with live music and for kids of all ages.


    This year the event brought the Grammy-nominated and American Music Award winners K-Ci and Jojo to the Friendly City.



  • Roses also go to those honored by event organizers with Heritage Awards. Honorees are Vanessa Carter, owner of Carter Funeral Home; Bobby Holiday, program director and disc jockey for Cumulus Broadcasting''s'' Mix 106; and Billy Wayne White, a longtime volunteer youth athletics coach.


  • A thorn to the Aberdeen Police Department and the Northeast Mississippi Officials Association official who caused such a ruckus after the Aberdeen-Houston game Friday, a week ago.


    The official was ticketed for reckless driving, and the NMOA threatened not to send someone to officiate the Aberdeen-Winona game Friday. The school, district, police department and the NMOA eventually worked out their differences with apologies - except for the official, who, as far as we know, hasn''t been asked to say ''I''m sorry'' - and retiring the ticket.


    The official was trying to make a speedy retreat from the Friday night game when he garnered the ticket.


    Aberdeen High School Principal Reedell Holmes said police escorted the officials to their cars. He''d also cited reports the official almost hit two police officers and a couple of children while trying to leave. Holmes also reported the official declined to follow instructions on how to exit and had a bad attitude after he was stopped and given a ticket.


    Sounds like a battle of the egos gone awry.


    But it seems it all ended well.


    The officials association got their apologies, and the district is working on a proper exit strategy for future games.



  • A rose to Steven James, pastor of United Christian Baptist Church, who is leading a movement to recruit local churches to pay the remaining $200,000 on the Columbus Boys and Girls Club''s mortgage.


    The club has been struggling financially, getting behind on the mortgage and even utility bills, while trying to keep the club open for after-school and other programs for children.


    Hundreds of kids are members of the club, which gives them something productive to do after school and when school is out during holidays and summer vacations.


    With the club on the verge of caving under its financial burdens, Stevens is afraid the children won''t have constructive activities to keep them busy.


    The local board''s president, Mary Moore, says the club also needs strong board members to help it move forward and raise funds.


    To support the effort, call Moore at 662-386-2677.




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