Roses and thorns




A rose to Mississippi University for Women professor Nora Corrigan for her first-place on "Jeopardy," Tuesday. 


Corrigan finished with more than $27,000 in winnings.  


Wednesday, Corrigan finished third, for total winnings of more than $28,000.  


Corrigan, originally from Reston, Va., is a great fan of trivia; she has been inadvertently preparing for the show over the years with all-night games of Trivial Pursuit with graduate students in college. 


After two years in Columbus, Corrigan bought a TV a couple of weeks ago to watch herself on TV. 


Corrigan holds multiple degrees in English from The College of William and Mary and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent a year as a visiting professor at McKendree University in Illinois before starting at MUW in August 2008; she currently teaches Shakespeare, English Literature I and II, and composition. 




A thorn to Oktibbeha County for not enacting a leash law or any animal ordinance that could have spared five young dairy cows their lives and a farmer from thousands of dollars in lost livestock. 


Mactoc Farm farmer Bill McGee lost dairy heifers, and more than a half-dozen others are injured, after pit bull attacks last Sunday. 


McGee was awakened early Sunday morning by the sound of a heifer in distress and found a tan pit bull "clamped down" on the head of one of his 3-month-old heifers. A small black and tan pit bull accompanied the tan pit bull during the attack. 


He fired a gun and scared the dogs away, but later Sunday morning, he found three more heifers dead in another pasture and a half-dozen others injured. 


The sheriff''s department has been patrolling the area and questioning neighbors, but the county has no leash laws or vicious animal laws. And it also has no animal control officers. Any -- preferably all -- of these measures could have stopped this attack from happening or at least pointed to the owner of the dogs in question. 




A rose to Timmy Lind, a junior at Heritage Academy in Columbus, for making a perfect score on the ACT. 


Lind took the test five times: once as a freshman, twice as a sophomore and scored a 33, 35, 34 and 34, respectively, already well above most of his peers across the state. 


But he was striving for a perfect 36, which he attained. 


In 2009, less than .04 percent of the 1.5 million high school seniors who took the test scored a 36. 


Timmy''s parents are Bert and Cristy Lind, are captains in the regional branch of the Salvation Army. 


Timmy hopes to attend Yale University and study archaeology. At this point, we''d usually offer out good luck wishes, but with such dedication and intellectual talent, who needs luck. 




A rose to the Starkville Board of Aldermen for declaring last Saturday Disability Awareness Day and supporting a series of events being held at the Starkville Community Market. 


The events and declaration were to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


Disability simulations were offered to the public, and the city''s elected leaders and department heads went on an accessibility scavenger hunt, where they sat in wheelchairs wearing goggles and attempted to find items at several different locations.



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