A full bouquet of roses to the men and women of the armed services serving at home and abroad on this Independence Day weekend.
A rose to Ruth Rast, honored by the Red Cross’ Tenn-Tom Chapter this week as its Volunteer of the Year. Rast was honored for doing everything from working in the chapter’s office to managing an evacuation shelter during Hurricane Gustav. Rast’s volunteering doesn’t end with the Red Cross — she also reads to residents at Trinity Healthcare Center and participates in Angel Food Ministries through Wesley United Methodist Church. We commend Rast for making the Friendly City a much friendlier place.
Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and Neel-Schaffer engineer Kevin Stafford, volunteers and staff of Camp Rising Sun, The Purple Elephant, Mississippi Coffeehouse, and other Main Street businesses that beautify their facades, and Columbus Main Street Association and Lowndes County Development Link
Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, West Point/Clay County Arts Council, Camgian Microsystems Corp., Wilford and Mary Patterson, Frank Phillips YMCA and the Columbus Kiwanis Club, and Holly Travis
A rose to Robert McAllister, who “dedicated his life” to helping others and to his family members, many of whom were on hand Thursday, as the Columbus Air Force Base fire station was named in his honor.
Community members who contributed to last week’s National Association of Letter Carriers food drive, Sandfield Horizon Committee, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science history teacher Chuck Yarborough and parents and teachers at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School and Stokes-Beard Communication and Technology Magnet School
Mothers, Main Street Columbus Inc., Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and members and founders of the Link’d Young Professionals
Roses to the citizens of Columbus who have shown up at debates to educate themselves about city candidates before they make a decision.
A pre-emptive thorn to the Columbus voters who won’t participate in city elections this year. Turnout is expected to be low, and more disheartening is an apparent lack of interest in running for local office: The number of candidates running for mayor and council posts is half of what it was in the last election.
A rose to Alma Turner as the longtime educator opens a new chapter in her life. After heading the Golden Triangle chapter of the Institute of Community Services HeadStart program for nearly a decade, Turner is leaving the post to spend time with her family.
Homeowners participating in Columbus’ 69th annual Pilgrimage, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, Chuck Yarborough and his charges at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Main Street Columbus and Charlie the Owl of Starkville
Happy Irby, Columbus Police Department, Jasmine Murray, Starkville, Chris Jenkins and Lenore Prather
Harvey Myrick, Karen Stanley, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, Tommy Parker, Sherilyn Richardson, Reed Mackay and the city of Starkville
Mississippi University for Women, Dr. Del Phillips and Willie E. King
City/county ad hoc sportsplex committee, Jackie Exum, Lowndes County Underage Drinking Coalition, Columbus High School Assistant Principal Jill Savely, Rosalyn Hodge and Sarah Wilson
Sixth graders, the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Kappa Pi International
Rachel Burtram, the Perkerson family and Military Hardware, Jasmine Murray, and county and city officials.
Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation,Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, pre-kindergarten classes at the Catherine Bryan School in West Point,Columbus Light and Water,
Men of 4-County Electric Power Association; East Mississippi Community College; parents who volunteer at their children’s schools; John Davis and Glenn Lautzenhiser; YMCA and Leadership Lowndes.
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