For Ray Merchant, serving up smooth, silky frozen custard cones, sundaes, splits and other sweet bliss is a far cry from the gritty sleuthing he did as a railroad detective for three decades.
Mike Walker remembers the heavy knock on his door in January 2006 that turned life inside out. On the other side were law officers, with a warrant for his arrest.
The 37th annual Soroptimist style show, luncheon and silent auction Thursday, Oct. 7, will usher in fall with fresh trends like ruffles, "jeggings" and lace. But it will also have a much deeper purpose -- supporting service projects including GED education programs at Recovery House, a Lowndes County chemical dependency residential treatment center for women.
The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's second annual Fall Tour of Homes Oct. 1-3 ushers in autumn and a diverse display of antebellum and Victorian design. From cottages to grand mansions, 13 homes will welcome visitors touring some of the South's finest architectural gems.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library concludes its fall Table Talk series Sept. 29 with a preview of Mississippi University for Women's upcoming "Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium."
Starkville Main Street Association, City of Starkville, and the Mississippi State University Student Association are partnering again to provide those dining or shopping in downtown Starkville with free shuttle service to and from the MSU campus for home football games.
We live in a world of too much, but can one ever have too much beauty knowledge? Tips, tricks and tidbits that might be trivial to some could be the difference in the life and death of bangs gone wrong or cheek color that leaves you less than blushing.
Mississippi State University's Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series will present Rufus Ward Thursday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Atrium of McCool Hall on the Starkville campus. The public is invited to this free presentation; a reception will follow.
Special daytime concerts for children in grades K-5 will culminate Oct. 1 with a 7:30 p.m. general admission performance by the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association.
In an early scene of "Sweet Bird of Youth," Chance Wayne tells The Princess Kosmonopolas that he always keeps a spare name in his pocket. "Don't you?" he asks her.
Five days and counting. On Friday, two-time Grammy winner Jason Mraz will be the main attraction when Starkville's Cotton District is transformed by Bulldog Bash. Billed as the largest free concert in Mississippi, the Bash estimates about 35,000 visitors will flock to festivities the night before Mississippi State University's matchup with Georgia.
Dr. Kim Whitehead, of Mississippi University for Women's Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy, will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 22 Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library's discussion of Mississippi authors.
On Monday, Sept. 27, the air in Pohl Gymnasium on the Mississippi University for Women campus will pulsate with intense Latin rhythms. The entertaining event on tap is a two-hour zumba party to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.
Intermittently, teasingly, autumn approaches. The nights have been cooler for several weeks. Even the days bring a frisson of winter. After a harsh, hot summer it feels good.
Four nights at the five-star Casablanca Hotel, two Broadway plays, dinner at L'Ecole, drinks at Sardi's, brunch at the Essex House, limo transfers, plane fare for two, and more. All for $100? Yes, for the lucky winner of the Columbus Arts Council's New York trip raffle.
Documentary filmmaker and Rolling Fork native William "Willy" Bearden will premiere his first narrative feature film in six cities throughout Mississippi. "One Came Home" will premiere at Malco Theater in Columbus Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.
In celebration of the national touring exhibition "The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917" currently open at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Dr. Anne Marshall will present "The Progressive Era: A Search for Order" Thursday Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
True story: Once when I suggested an au current chin-length crop to a certain lady, she paused, shook her head from left to right and said, "It's sounding like a bob, and I have one of those at home." Turns out she was right. Bob was her husband. Apparently, one was enough!
Mississippi State University's 2010-11 Lyceum Series opens Oct. 5 with Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh, followed by a myriad of musical talent from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble to Montana Repertory Theatre's "Bus Stop."
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