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On being dad: One man's journey of turning points and compassion

Posted 6/17/2017 in Community

Jostling for position, Charity, Faith and Christian Yeates bob around the basketball goal. Rubber-sole squeaks and bouncing balls echo in the brightly-lit First Baptist Church gym. The game is on, at least until the three siblings erupt in giggles.


Crawfish boil gift helps coalition combat homelessness

Posted 6/17/2017 in Community

A recent donation to the Golden Triangle Regional Homeless Coalition will go straight to work locally, helping end the cycle of homelessness.


Good to grill: Father's Day, any day, kebabs suit the occasion

Posted 6/14/2017 in Food

Father's Day is celebrated on various dates in about 40 countries around the world, Wikipedia tells us.


Ultimate rides: Some fascinations never fade, and some prop us up when least expected

Posted 6/10/2017 in Community

Thrill comes in all shapes and sizes. For some guys, it's the rush of a new boat, the latest putter or 50-yard-line tickets.


Bidding farewell to Super Gabe

Posted 6/10/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If Gabriel "Super Gabe" Valentine taught those around him anything, it's that courage comes in small packages.


Columbus to Oxford: 'Desperation Road' writer makes a new home

Posted 6/10/2017 in Community

The blue Victorian house near the heart of downtown Columbus has new occupants.


Two and done: Look what you can make with just two ingredients

Posted 6/7/2017 in Food

A few days ago I was in a conversation about recipes with a couple of friends. We all probably know the feeling of staring at a new recipe that calls for a long list of this and that, most of which our kitchens are missing.


An educator's stories make 'impossible' seem possible

Posted 6/3/2017 in Community

While most nonagenarians are taking life a little easier than before, Jim Hunt of Columbus is keeping up an industrious pace.


Suited to summer: An area chef serves up market fresh ideas

Posted 5/31/2017 in Food

So long to the month of May. Hello, summer, with long days of beaming sun, outdoor grilling and our somewhat morbid fascination with heat indices.


A happy little instrument: After decades of being snubbed, the diminutive ukulele is making waves

Posted 5/27/2017 in Community

For 13-year-old Kenna McGrew, it happened at a church event. A friend had brought along a ukulele, and Kenna came home smitten with the quirky little instrument.


Volunteers host local arts bazaar in Starkville Sunday

Posted 5/27/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An inaugural Sunday Funday takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Starkville's Cotton District.


Food: A path to understanding where we come from

Posted 5/24/2017 in Food

Since the beginning of humankind, food has been a marker of cultures.


Loaves and Fishes preparing a Polynesian Paradise

Posted 5/20/2017 in Community

An imaginary excursion to the islands is in store when Loaves and Fishes Community Soup Kitchen presents its fourth annual Festival of Flavors June 2 at Lion Hills Center in Columbus.


To everthing a season: A garden club closes the book after 60 years, but we're reminded clubs make for a more beautiful world

Posted 5/20/2017 in Community

"Columbus Boasts New Garden Club," the headline reads. The photocopied Commercial Dispatch newspaper article dated Jan. 12, 1957, is well-preserved, even though the gray scrapbook page it's glued to is fraying a bit at the edges.


Sounds of Summer returns for 10th year

Posted 5/20/2017 in Entertainment

Lazy, hazy summertime in the Golden Triangle heralds the return of Sounds of Summer in Columbus.


Mother and daughter: A family steps out on faith, with dual degrees to show for it

Posted 5/13/2017 in Community

Karrah Fort, 38, is likely to long remember how she celebrated Mother's Day weekend 2017 -- by walking across the stage to receive her master's degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.


Death Over Dinner: a way to have the 'difficult conversation'

Posted 5/13/2017 in Community

As a longtime nurse who has worked in many parts of the world, Stephanie Holcombe is well aware that people deal with death in various ways.


A May tradition: Final preparations underway for Friday's May Luncheon and Bake Sale

Posted 5/10/2017 in Food

The month of May ushers in pleasant anticipation of festivals, graduations and that first trip to the beach.


Summer slide: Ah, summer -- but it can be a brain drain, too. What to do?

Posted 5/6/2017 in Community

Dick and Jane have made strides in reading this spring, building vocabulary, tackling more challenging content, inching through a portal that will open a wide world they can only guess at for now.


CCT takes on Southern-fried comedy with 'Dearly Beloved'

Posted 5/6/2017 in Entertainment

Hold on to your hats: The Futrelle sisters -- Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink -- are throwing a wedding. The resulting "Southern-fried" laughs play out in Columbus Community Theatre's presentation of "Dearly Beloved" Thursday through Saturday at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.



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