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Columbus native's work ethic nets dual Grammy nominations

Posted yesterday in Community

When the 61st Grammy Award nominations were revealed with fanfare on the morning of Dec. 7, Chase McGill had other things on his mind, like scouring the tree line for a big buck.


Lowndes County 4-H, public to benefit from Grow Communities grant

Posted yesterday in Community

Activity is bustling at the Lowndes County Extension Service facility on Tom Rose Road. Not only is a new multi-purpose arena going up, but for a second time, Caledonia farmer Douglas Holliman has directed a $2,500 grant to Lowndes County 4-H as part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.


Smithville hymnals still inspire, years after devastating tornado

Posted yesterday in Community

Mixed media artist Kathy Prescott Parker remembers standing on the deck outside her Amory home on April 27, 2011. She anxiously checked the sky for any sign of an approaching tornado. The sun was shining, but dire weather alerts were prolific.


Taking something to the party?

Posted 12/12/2018 in Food

'Twas two weeks 'til Christmas and all through the land, spirits were high and parties were being planned. Bad poetry aside, chances are you have a gathering ahead. It may be a company do, a neighborhood open house, or a more intimate evening with friends or family. Whether you're hosting or simply contributing one goodie to the spread, the holidays inspire us to try to make it special.


Rock Sanders: Life in the fast lane

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Rock Sanders takes life at a pretty fast clip. Sometimes at more than 150 mph. Achieved in 4.60 seconds, within an eighth of a mile. And he's very good at it.


Area tennis program celebrates refurbished courts

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Six newly-resurfaced tennis courts in east Columbus are giving the Golden Triangle Tennis program reason to celebrate.


Lucca: A hero dog is remembered with display at Starkville's library

Posted 12/1/2018 in Community

It may seem inconspicuous at first, the display case near the entrance of the Starkville Public Library. Take time to pause there, though, and meet Lucca, a remarkable dog -- a military hero that served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, leading more than 400 patrols as she searched for explosives, targets and ammunition. No soldier was ever injured on her patrol watch.


Christmas countdown continues with Wassail Fest Friday

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

Downtown Columbus will all but jingle with holiday spirit when the 15th annual Wassail Fest gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday.


Columbus Sings 'Messiah' -- a treasured tradition returns

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

Posters are out, soloists confirmed, arrangements made for 150 chairs for choir and orchestra, and movers set to transport the harpsichord graciously loaned by First Baptist Church. James Allen and co-organizers of the annual Columbus Sings 'Messiah' are doing all they can in preparation for two performances Dec. 11 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus.


First Christmas offers chance to visit interactive Bethlehem

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

Each December, for 17 years, First Baptist Church of Columbus has sought to bring something of the wonder of the first Christmas to the Golden Triangle through the recreation of first-century Bethlehem.


'12 Days of Christmas' begins, benefits Pregnancy Care Center

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

December brings with it a flurry of festivities. One of those returning to Starkville is the annual "12 Days of Christmas" through Dec. 15 at Three Generations Tea Room at 217 N. Jackson St.


Quiche for the holidays: Young cooks learn how

Posted 11/28/2018 in Food

Winston Banks, 12, and his sister, Laila, 11, hadn't even heard of quiche 10 days ago. Now, not only are the 4-H youth and Columbus Middle School students genned up on the dish, they cooked it during Thanksgiving holidays for their parents, Alphonso and Minnie Banks.


'Christmas Belles': Or, what happens when a Christmas program spins hilariously out of control?

Posted 11/24/2018 in Entertainment

Christmas in the fictional town of Fayro, Texas, is unlike Christmas anywhere else in the world -- one can hope. At least that's so when the Futrelle sisters have anything to do with it.


Countdown is on to Columbus' Christmas Parade

Posted 11/24/2018 in Entertainment

"Sounds of the Season" is the theme of the 2018 Columbus Christmas Parade, which will begin making its way through downtown at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, led by Grand Marshal Col. Samantha Weeks.


Day after: Save some of that turkey to make 'gobblers' and other good things to eat

Posted 11/21/2018 in Food

Last Friday, while in a conversation about the size of the necessary bird to buy, an acquaintance said to me, "If you don't have leftovers for sandwiches, you really haven't had Thanksgiving turkey."


Being thankful

Posted 11/17/2018 in Community

As the end of 2018 hurtles toward us, we pause to be thankful. Whatever our circumstances, something in every life warrants gratitude. We asked some of our neighbors around the Golden Triangle to share a Thanksgiving memory that stands out to them, a memory they are grateful for. Hopefully all of us take time to remember more than a few, not just during this week of Thanksgiving, but all year through.


Worth the drive: Fayette's 'Christmas at the Park' returns as regional attraction

Posted 11/17/2018 in Entertainment

Don't look now, but dinosaurs have returned to roam in Fayette, Alabama, about 43 miles northeast of Columbus. These dinos, though, are bathed in festive lights and never leave Guthrie Smith Park.


A holiday 'harvest': Just in time for Thanksgiving, Country Store Bake Sale returns for a 58th year

Posted 11/14/2018 in Food

Next Tuesday marks the red letter day -- the 58th annual Country Store Bake Sale at the Stephen D. Lee Home in Columbus. It's a highlight in the community's countdown to Thanksgiving.


Main Street Columbus readies for Saturday's Holiday Market

Posted 11/11/2018 in About Town

Homegrown, homemade and handcrafted holiday gifts and foods will be showcased by about 60 vendors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during the 11th annual Hitching Lot Holiday Market in Columbus.


Choose Kindness: An anti-bullying message gives children tools to meet challenges

Posted 11/3/2018 in Community

In a 1961 episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," young Opie is being targeted daily by a school bully, shaken down for nickel milk money with threats of a knuckle sandwich.



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