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David Creel: Gifts with purchase and without

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

I grew up the youngest of four boys in a small country town just east of Hattiesburg, with dirt roads beneath my bare feet and where cutoffs were a positive fashion statement. My older brothers are Richard, John and Tony -- good old American names, I have always thought.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Armyworms and weeds: Turf nemesis

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

It's been a long, hot summer here in north Mississippi, and your turf is probably showing the wear of the season. You've watered on a regular basis and kept the grass alive, but you still have a few weeds that refuse to leave. With one more push, you can finally be rid of these pesky weeds and get that front yard clean again, maybe.

 

It's the blues, man: West Point festival, blues bash to celebrate 'Year of the Wolf'

Posted 8/29/2010 in Entertainment

The late critic/musician Cub Koda once said of Howlin' Wolf, "No one could match (him) for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits."

'It's an Emmy!' for Starkville's Harkness

Posted 8/29/2010 in Entertainment

Former Starkville resident Andy Harkness may have to get used to walking across some very big stages.

Rufus Ward: A first-hand account of Grierson's Cavalry Raid of 1863

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

One of the most famous calvary exploits of the Civil War was the Union calvary raid through Mississippi by Col. B.H.Grierson in 1863. The raid has been the subject of several books and even a John Wayne movie, "The Horse Soldiers."

 

Adele Elliott: Courtesy

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

I've been thinking about courtesy lately. It started with a conversation with my friend, Marleen Hansen. She lamented the decline in table manners. "People don't know basic etiquette, like using the silverware and napkins that are provided," she said. "Everyone eats with their hands!"

 

Southern comfort: Special luncheons invite Tennessee Williams fans to eat well in the famed writer's hometown

Posted 8/25/2010 in Entertainment

A Southern devotion to good food surfaces in several of Tennessee Williams works, scholar Kenneth Holditch has noted. Not unduly surprising, since the late playwright and poet spent his early childhood in Mississippi, in Columbus and Clarksdale.

 

Rob Hardy: 'Digging Up the Dead'

Posted 8/23/2010 in Columns

There is something different about a person after the person dies. The once-living flesh rots away, and turns into dust which is made up of elements that are no different from elements everywhere else.

 

 

Adele Elliott: No dead readers

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

This summer has been too hot for words ... literally! The "No Dead Authors" programs have been on vacation. But, have no fear, this series of literary readings/afternoon salons/book signings returns in September.

 

New kiln heats up ceramic arts

Posted 8/21/2010 in Entertainment

An innovative concept married to a strong dose of enthusiasm and get-it-done is lighting a fire under ceramic arts in the Golden Triangle. The impact could be felt well beyond its borders.

 

Southern Cruisers to host annual car extravaganza

Posted 8/21/2010 in Entertainment

The rally sports, T-buckets, coupes and muscle cars will all be lining up Aug. 28, dominating the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus.

 

 

Betty Stone: The Rochambelles

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

 

 

Help needed for relief efforts to Haiti, Ukraine

Posted 8/21/2010 in Entertainment

Operation Ukraine, the nonprofit humanitarian relief organization based in Columbus, has been busy filling containers for earthquake relief to Haiti and flood relief to the Ukraine.

 

 

MUW to offer educators' workshop

Posted 8/21/2010 in Entertainment

The Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning at Mississippi University for Women will present a workshop for educators titled Best Practices for Assessing Student Learning on Aug. 26 and 27 in Hogarth Dining Center, Pope Banquet Room, on campus.

 

 

David Creel: Start swimming the moat!

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

"Eat. Pray. Love." These three powerful words are on a lot of lips this season, due in large part to the New York Times bestseller by that name and now Julia Roberts' stellar performance on the big screen.

 

Make a scene: Parade of Tennessee Williams' characters await their cue during tribute

Posted 8/21/2010 in Entertainment

A small town boy turned big city gigolo, the fading film star, a controlling father, the mysterious stranger, even a bed of crushed petunias ... all are in the wings, waiting for their stage debut in Columbus during the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes Sept. 6-12.

Ask Rufus: The Columbus Opera House

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

Several people have asked me if Columbus ever had an opera house. It not only did but many will remember it as the old Varsity Theatre which burned in the 1970s.

Back in the saddle: Bikers invade tiny Sturgis for All-Bike Motorcycle Rally

Posted 8/19/2010 in Entertainment

STURGIS -- Gray clouds hung over Sturgis most of the day Wednesday, but the mud and the rain did little to dampen the mood in this town of less than 300 people as residents and vendors prepared for the Sturgis South All-Bike Motorcycle Rally.

Country church homecoming

Posted 8/18/2010 in Food

Every second Sunday in August, come rain or come shine, the faithful return to a wooded spot "10 miles out in the country" from Carrollton, Ala. Here, for more than 100 years, generations have gathered to celebrate family and faith -- not to mention a hearty Brunswick stew and old-fashioned all-day singing at Spring Hill Baptist Church, first established in 1842.

Anne Freeze: Whaddyha have? Whaddyha have?

Posted 8/18/2010 in Columns

I have been working on a project at my dining table for five or so days. I had gotten to the point of recipe overload and really was forced to take all of those little pages torn out of magazines and recipes from Momma's recipe box and the dirty, greasy ones from my Foodworks binder and just lay them all out in designated piles.

 

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