The cicadas are in full-throated chorus. Water sprinklers whisper a lazy tch-tch-tch. The evening air is filled with the laughter of children riding their bicycles and playing stick ball in the streets.
In a Deep South more accustomed to fried chicken and buttered biscuits, most might not think Thai cuisine would find a ready audience. But that's what happened when Bann Thai opened its doors in Columbus in December 2010.
"You couldn't pay me to live in the Prairie!" he said. Sam came home and recounted the conversation. "We live in the center of God's country, and he wouldn't live in the Prairie for anything. Can you believe that?"
The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.
An opening reception for an exhibition of surrealistic drawings and paintings by Starkville artist Joe MacGown will be held Thursday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the Depot Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus, located above the Welcome Center in Barnes and Noble
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market team up for their June Table Talk series Wednesday, June 1, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N. Following up on their successful programming in 2010, the co-sponsors will again focus on food.
When it comes to authentic blues, Freedom Creek Festival has delivered year after year. Started by bluesman Willie King in a rural field behind his home, this annual gathering of the faithful has continued in his honor in the two years since King's untimely death in 2009.
CONTACT, a United Way agency, is calling all ministers, advisers, counselors, emergency workers, mental health workers, teachers and others to participate. Executive Director Lindy Thomason also encourages stay-at-home moms, business professionals, even college students, to consider the training course.
I know. I know. No one, but no one, wants to hear about your trip. The thing is, sometimes that's all you know to talk -- or write -- about, and one of those times is now.
It seems the world is still in love with braids. My first introduction to braids came through my kindergarten friends, Renee and Kellie, with their braided pigtails secured on the ends by giant yarn ribbons. Next, and many moons later, it was another Kelli, my brother's girlfriend, whose braided hair would give my heart palpitations.
If you are reading this, then I suppose you are probably still in this dimension, still breathing. Have you noticed anyone missing? Chris and I sat on our porch on "The" Saturday night waiting for something to happen. It seemed to me that traffic on our street was lighter than usual. So we called a few friends just to see if they were still here. All were.
Waylon Kelly walks among the butterfly bushes (buddleja davidii, to the purist) intrigued by lance-like clusters of tiny purple flowers in the new butterfly and reading garden at his elementary school.
When talking to people in the decorative arts field, I have been surprised at how little is known about Turkish corners.
On Wednesday, May 25, Lowndes County seniors will join an estimated 100,000 seniors across the nation to help promote active, healthy lifestyle through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care as part of National Senior Health & Fitness DayŽ. As an official host site, the Y and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lowndes County will hold activities at the Columbus Riverwalk.
There came a moment in one of Johnathan DuFour's math classes one day that every teacher experiences. That moment, when each wonders if anyone cares.
A friend of mine sent me an email Monday advising me not to waste my time making a trip to Rolling Fork. I had sent him one earlier in the day letting him know that I was going over to witness the historic crest of the Mississippi River. He reported that the levee was closed to all visitors and warned that even if I weren't shot on sight, I would end up in the county lock-up.
It's been a busy and exciting week in "the city with nothing to do." The re-opening of The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, especially "Family Saturday," was big news for early risers. Last week's Suzuki Strings sounded wonderful! I heard the music rolling through the parking lot before seeing the musicians and thought it was a symphony orchestra.
New blues music -- and a pinch of voodoo -- will be in the air Friday night as Big Joe Shelton and the Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors team up with the Columbus Arts Council for a CD release show and print exhibit in the gallery of the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. in Columbus. The event will also lend a helping hand to the Smithville tornado relief effort.
Forty-eight artists from eight area high schools are featured in the second annual Kappa Pi High School Invitational, sponsored by Mississippi University for Women's chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.
Dr. Mark Bean, chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Mississippi University for Women, has been honored with the 2011 Kossen Faculty Excellence Award.
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