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A Clay County couple finds alpacas appealing -- and that, like potato chips, one isn't enough

Posted 8/24/2015 in Community

Meet the cast: Taylor is the hog, whenever chow is involved. Skylar, with her dark, coffee-colored coat and stark white face, boasts a certain theatrical flair. And Chaos, one of the two males, is partial to "cushing" in front of electric fans on hazy summer afternoons.


Community Calendar for the week of August 23, 2015

Posted 8/22/2015 in Entertainment


West Point's 37th Prairie Arts Festival is around the corner

Posted 8/22/2015 in Entertainment

West Point's Prairie Arts Festival has come a long way since its debut in 1978.

Motion picture of 'Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff' eyes area for film

Posted 8/22/2015 in Entertainment

"Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff," a contemporary version of a novel by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner William Inge, plans to film on location in and around Starkville, said veteran producer Robert Weinbach of Los Angeles.

Cotton to headline 20th annual blues festival in West Point

Posted 8/22/2015 in Entertainment

Live blues return to West Point Friday, Sept. 4 when the Black Prairie Blues Festival begins on the Mary Holmes College campus.


On the road: Coon Dog Cemetery plans Sept. 7 celebration

Posted 8/22/2015 in Entertainment

On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true.



Being Beautiful: With apologies to Joan Collins

Posted 8/22/2015 in Columns

Two of my nieces are, as the more ladylike members of the Dykes Chapel Road community used to say, "in the family way" or "with child."



MSU fans seek to break Guinness record at Cowbell Yell

Posted 8/22/2015 in Community

Mississippi State football fans will attempt the Guinness World Record title for most people ringing cowbells simultaneously during the university's Cowbell Yell event on Sept 10.



The W's Gordy Honors Forum Series set to begin

Posted 8/22/2015 in Community

The Ina E. Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women will open its fall Forum Series Thursday, Aug. 27, with Dr. Melissa Smith, assistant professor of communication at the university.



Library announces local history program for young people

Posted 8/22/2015 in Community

The Youth Services Department and the Local History Department of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library announce a collaborative program highlighting the history of the United States through American Girl dolls.


Columbus Exchange Club receives seven national awards

Posted 8/22/2015 in Community

The Columbus Exchange Club received seven national awards at the recent National Exchange Club's 97th annual Convention and 32nd Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Symposium July 30 through Aug. 1 in Columbus, Ohio.


Military brief: Jones graduates

Posted 8/22/2015 in Community


Planning Labor Day menus? Reinvent a summertime favorite

Posted 8/19/2015 in Food

Corn on the cob is a quintessential cookout companion. Stovetop, oven-roasted, open fire or grilled, this hand-held staple will be part of many an upcoming Labor Day celebration.

A flank steak Frito pie fit for feeding a crowd

Posted 8/19/2015 in Food

This is one of those recipes that feels a little trashy, but it's so good you won't care.

Transform flavorless peaches with a few minutes on the grill

Posted 8/19/2015 in Food

If you are anything like me, you look forward to summer peaches all year.


Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits stem from artists' grafts

Posted 8/19/2015 in Food

Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken's fruit trees. The trees blossom in a riot of red, white and pink each spring.


Together again: Fifty years after disbanding, the boys of the National Guard 31st catch up on old times

Posted 8/18/2015 in Community

They started out with only a photograph from the 1950s, one that ID'd all the guys by last names. That's what most of them called each other by, last names. No addresses, no first names in many cases, no database to help track the men down. That didn't stop Carl "Buck" Hildreth and Bobby Gale of Columbus from trying to locate former Mississippi Army National Guardsmen of the 31st Division, the "Dixie Division."


Area authors to be featured in first Mississippi Book Festival

Posted 8/15/2015 in Entertainment

The inaugural Mississippi Book Festival Saturday, Aug. 22 at the State Capitol in Jackson celebrates the state's literary legacy as well as a current host of talented writers.


Hospital volunteer recognized for 30 years of service

Posted 8/15/2015 in Community

Almost anyone who has visited Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has seen them -- the volunteers.


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