A rose to the road crews. This fall's drought has taken its tolls on roads and highways throughout the Golden Triangle as the soil under the pavement contracts, creating cracks and holes. It is more than an inconvenience.
A rose to every man and woman who has served as an American soldier. Veterans Day is this week, and honoring those who have fought for our freedoms should strike each citizen as both an honor and a duty.
A rose to Mississippi State University graduate student and band member Martin Kinsey, who joined with university band members across the country to participate in "Be the Match," a program that provides bone marrow for patients battling more than 70 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle-cell anemia.
A rose to organizers of the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival, which wrapped up its 34th annual edition Saturday evening.
A rose to Security National Properties, which owns Leigh Mall, and city of Columbus officials, who have worked together to begin a much-needed repaving of the mall's parking lot and lanes.
A rose to all those who for whom 9/11 is more than an annual day we pause to remember the merciless terrorist attack on our nation 15 years ago today.
A rose to Col. Douglas "Gos" Gosney, Commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base.
A rose to Mississippi State athletes Brandon McBride and Marta Freitas for their efforts last week in the Summer Olympics of Rio de Janeiro.
A rose to photographer and Columbus native Jess Fielder for her recent photo shoot, which encourages women to cultivate a positive self-image in a society where many girls and women feel the burden of "body shaming."
A rose to Emmie Sheretz, who again illustrates how one person can make a difference. Sheretz, a mom of two whose husband, Sam, is an instructor pilot at Columbus Air Force Base, has started a recycling program at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market.
A rose to all Americans on this Independence Day weekend, and to organizers and volunteers who have taken the time and expense to stage celebrations, large and small, throughout the Golden Triangle to commemorate our nation's 240th birthday.
A rose to the organizers of Thursday's "United Against Hate" interfaith service.
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