Roses & Thorns
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