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As the world's best compete in London, a former Olympian among us recalls his own journey

Posted 8/4/2012 in Community

Plenty of Golden Triangle porches sport decorative flags that proclaim collegiate allegiances, whether they be Bulldog maroon and white, Rebel red and blue or any other team's colors. But, from one porch in a quiet, well-manicured West Point neighborhood, don't be surprised to see the Olympic rings flying proudly, at least through the Aug. 12 closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Until then, Tony Rosetti's team is Team USA.

Historic Columbus church plans restoration, with community support

Posted 8/4/2012 in Community

Almost 150 years after the cornerstone of Annunciation Catholic Church was laid in Columbus on May 4, 1863, its congregation and community are coming together to ensure the historic landmark is here for generations to come.

 

Layers for Farrah, Jennifer and you?

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columns

Layering might sound like something we Southerners do around tailgating time -- perhaps a cardigan worn over a collegiate polo finished off with a "say something" scarf. Lord, have mercy. It's too hot for those kinds of layers right now!

 

 

Fun play and jolly story

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columns

Two things: Last Sunday I attended what was intended to be the final performance of the Columbus Community Theatre's comedy, "Casserole Patrol," directed by Linda Bobbitt. Since all performances had been sold out, there will be an additional performance Friday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Omnova Theater at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.

 

Southern "fried"

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columns

The South" (the saúth), noun. The place where: Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter. Summer starts in April.

Sweet stuff: A Brooksville baker sweetens up Columbus' farmers' market

Posted 8/1/2012 in Food

Sunshine bathed the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday morning as a friendly crowd under the market's shaded canopy checked out everything from peas to peaches, squash to sunflowers. A steady stream of shoppers flowed to vendor Starla Strait's table, which was laden with flaky-crust pies, golden dinner rolls and moist breads and cookies. Strait baked them all in the kitchen of her Brooksville home, just for the occasion.

Mississippi chefs in London for Olympic's 'Spirit of the Gulf'

Posted 8/1/2012 in Food

While members of Team USA are in London for the Summer 2012 Olympic Games, chefs from the Gulf Coast states are gearing up as well -- to host the "Spirit of the Gulf," a showcase of Gulf Coast seafood and music. Mississippi is represented by Chef Chris Poplin of IP Casino and Chef Calvin Coleman of Naomi's Catering.

 

Air Force seeks "prior service'' recruits

Posted 7/30/2012 in Community

Enlisted veterans who have been honorably discharged over the past few years or are currently serving in the National Guard or the Air Force Reserves may be eligible to return to active duty.

 

Compassionate Friends help families cope with the unthinkable

Posted 7/30/2012 in Community

On July 20, 12 families in Colorado and around the country were stricken with the worst reality a parent can be called on to endure -- the loss of a son or daughter. These families abruptly lost their children, who ranged in age from 6 to 51, to a criminal attack that will never make sense.

Skinny summer cocktails

Posted 7/28/2012 in Columns

Tis the season of umbrella drinks. Whether you're enjoying a piña colada at the beach, sangria at a backyard barbecue, a margarita poolside, or just an ice cold beer at the river this summer, you can still keep your bikini body in check and enjoy the occasional cocktail.

 

Of fainting hydrangeas and cucumber moisturizers

Posted 7/28/2012 in Columns

It's so hot that my hydrangeas are fainting in the backyard. The town seems almost vacant between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. every day. It looks like a ghost town, and I'm convinced everyone has just melted. Perhaps the smart ones are at the beach, the pool, or in Alaska.

 

CONTACT to host Back 2 School Bash, community outreach

Posted 7/28/2012 in Community

For 37 years, CONTACT has provided a 24-hour helpline for those in crisis situations, in need of information referral, or simply hoping for a caring, nonjudgmental ear. As a new school year gets underway, the nonprofit agency wants to remind youth and teens that this community resource is not only for adults.

The classroom calls: Spark some excitement with a Back to School party

Posted 7/25/2012 in Food

Wasn't it only yesterday children were giddy at the thought of getting out of school for summer break? And now, the calendar beckons them back.

 

Possumhaw: Living off the grid

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columns

You've probably been waiting to see what the Lehman's Non-Electric catalog, mentioned in my last column, has to offer.

 

Have you taken a look at the Boys & Girls Clubs lately? Good things are going on.

Posted 7/21/2012 in Community

The brightly-lit gymnasium of the Boys & Girls Club in Columbus reverberated with laughter Wednesday afternoon. The song "Ice Cream Freeze," by Hannah Montana, began on a laptop in one corner of the cavernous space, cueing a dance team to begin its routine.

CAC invites public to join in logo makeover

Posted 7/21/2012 in Community

The Columbus Arts Council is considering a logo redesign and is looking to the talented public for ideas.

 

A mascot for MSCW

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columns

Several people have commented on Eugenia Summer's story about getting a jukebox at Mississippi State College for Women. They are usually people who remember attending the college in those years, as I do. I thought, well, I, too, have a W story; and maybe I ought to tell it, although it does not reflect very well on me.

 

 

Summer trends for girls and grannies

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columns

Feeling childlike is timeless, and never has it been more fun to be feminine. Yesterday I stood perfectly still in the middle of the mall, entertained through a store glass window by two girls with blonde bobs giggling and trying on the daintiest of headbands.

 

 

Appeasing the gods

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columns

I have reason to believe that the gods of technology hate me. Paranoia? Perhaps. But the evidence is mounting every day. Last week our telephone (yes, we still have a land line) did not ring for about six days. In a way, this was quite lovely. I do not answer the phone, anyway, because it is always for Chris. For a while we could make outgoing calls. Then, nothing. Nothing in, nothing out.

 

'Casserole Patrol': CCT serves up laughs (and dinner theater) when one small town's single women go after the same fellow

Posted 7/18/2012 in Food

If the way to a man's heart isn't actually through his stomach, the women of the "Casserole Patrol" will be sorely disappointed. Food is the heavy artillery in their quest to win the affections of the recently-widowed "Colonel," the newest eligible man in their little town.

 

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