Roses and thorns: 10/15/17


<b>Roses and thorns:</b> Khloe Hughes, 5, bowls during Oktoberfest at MUW in Columbus Friday evening. Khloe is the daughter of Kelly Butler.

Roses and thorns: Khloe Hughes, 5, bowls during Oktoberfest at MUW in Columbus Friday evening. Khloe is the daughter of Kelly Butler. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff




A rose to Mississippi University for Women and its Student Life organization for Friday's Oktoberfest festival, which was held on Shattuck Lawn.  


Oktoberfest is one of the largest events planned by Student Life, according to Jessica Harpole, director of the organization. Approximately 75 student groups set up tables that include food, crafts, games and other entertainment. The family-oriented event is an opportunity for student organizations to fundraise and involve the community.  


We applaud MUW for efforts to connect with the larger community and to the students and staff who worked so hard to ensure a fun, safe event. 




A rose to officials in West Point and Clay County for passing a series of matching tax exemptions at a joint city-county meeting on Tuesday with the hopes of luring a company that could bring $50 million in capital investment to West Point.  


Golden Triangle Development CEO Joe Max Higgins said the as-yet-unnamed company is looking at the Americold building on Church Hill Road. Higgins said the 200,000 square-foot facility used to be a freezer when Sara Lee operated in West Point, and the company that's eyeing the location is looking at it to serve as a poultry processing facility.  


The company would create approximately 300 jobs paying between $15 and $17 per hour. While it is certainly not a "done deal," clearing obstacles that stand in the way of these efforts is an important step and sends a message that the community is behind the project and eager to work with the company to ensure its success. 




A rose to the Greater Starkville Development Partnership for another wonderful Pumpkinpalooza in downtown Starkville Friday evening.  


This was the eighth year the GSDP has sponsored the event, which continues to be a big hit for residents, if the crowds were any indication. Downtown merchants offered trick-or-treating for kids, as well as kids activities, such as jumpers, face-painting and haunted shuttles, sponsored by Mississippi State University's transportation office.  


Following those activities, Mississippi State took over downtown with "Maroon Madness," an annual event to celebrate the start of the basketball season for the men's and women's basketball teams. The combination of the two events, again illustrates the dynamic synergy that exists between the city and the university. It is, indeed, a highlight of the fall each year. This year was certainly no exception. 




A rose to East Mississippi Community College for holding its third annual "Industry Day" on Wednesday. 


About three dozen students in EMCC's Electrical Technology and Automation and Control departments had an opportunity to show off their skills to about a dozen representatives from local industries while program instructors Bobby Johnson and Joanna Alford quizzed industry reps for suggestions on how to improve their programs.  


The best educational programs are always the most relevant to the workforce. EMCC's efforts to make sure its programs meet the ever-changing needs of area industries adds value to their studies. Likewise industry benefits from getting to know the students, many of whom will soon be well-trained and eager job candidates. It is truly a win-win for EMCC, its students, industry and the communities that benefit from these kinds of collaborations.



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