A rose to the Mississippi State University Student Association and its partners as it prepares for the return of one of the most popular events in the Golden Triangle. After a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSUSA last week took its first step in bringing Bulldog Bash back by obtaining a downtown event permit from the city. This year’s Bulldog Bash will be held Sept. 17. The concert and its related events typically draw around 35,000 spectators while showcasing several bands and artists each year. This year’s concert lineup will be announced later. SA and the Bulldog Bash committee will collaborate with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and the Downtown Main Street Association to bring in tourism and economic development. The event features Maroon Market, comprising various companies, organizations and restaurants who fill the area with local artisans, boutiques and good eats. We welcome back Bulldog Bash.
A rose to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, which was recently accredited by the American College of Cardiology for its cardiac catheterization procedures, a key diagnostic used for the treatment of heart disease. Cardiac catheterizations provide information on how well the heart works, identifies problems and allows for procedures to open blocked arteries. During the procedure, a cardiologist inserts a thin, hollow tube called a catheter into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart and measures the pressure and blood flow in the heart. Percutaneous coronary intervention is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack. We applaud Baptist for its dedication in mastering this important diagnostic tool in the fight against heart disease.
A rose to Junior Auxiliary of Columbus, which recently announced the results of its scholarship program. This year, JA has awarded $28,000 in scholarships. Scholarships were provided to 14 students from West Lowndes High School, Columbus High School, Mississippi School for Math and Science, Heritage Academy, Caledonia High School and New Hope High School. Junior Auxiliary Scholarship committee members presented the awards to each recipient during award ceremonies at their school. These scholarships help students and families deal with the rising cost of a college education. We salute JA for its efforts.
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