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Ruck March to Remember: 2,181-mile walk pays homage to 9-11 victims

Posted 7/28/2011 in Community

Ten years have passed, but Maj. Joseph Ringer of Columbus Air Force Base remembers the day as if it was yesterday. He was on a bus in Texas with his fellow airmen, headed to the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Not your mama's grits: Southern staple stars in upscale recipes

Posted 7/27/2011 in Food

Grits. No, we don't mean Girls Raised In the South (though I'm certainly proud to be one), or the Christian hip-hop artist GRITS, the Liberal Party of Canada, known as GRITS, or even Kid Rock's first album, "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast."

 

Shannon Bardwell: Critter removal services

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columns

After confessing to capturing some 50-odd raccoons and possums, a nice lady approached me about helping her rid her place of nuisance critters. She kindly offered to pay. While extremely flattered, I had to decline her request, as this gets you into a whole new ballgame, when you start charging to trap critters.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Red Summer

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columns

We have had the occasional flare-up of mass racial violence in the past few decades. We have had nothing like the summer of 1919, when there were riots and lynchings in many large American cities, and countless episodes of violence in smaller ones.

 

 

Zeta Phi Beta's fan drive helps beat the heat

Posted 7/23/2011 in Community

For a third consecutive year, the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (Phi Lambda Zeta chapter) have been helping families in the Golden Triangle area beat the heat by collecting fans and funds to distribute to families in need through their Beat the Heat Fan Drive.

 

 

Betty Stone: Shelton stories

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

"I have a thousand stories!" said David Shelton, when I asked him what he remembered about old Columbus. "I used to work for Sid Gardner and Kelly Myers for $4 a day. I wanted to be in the drug store business because of Mr. Sid. I'd sit on a stool at his drug store and just listen. So many people came in that I heard and learned a lot.

 

 

MSU send-off parties signal new school year

Posted 7/23/2011 in Community

For the sixth summer in a row, Mississippi State University alumni chapters will hold annual Send-off Parties around the nation. The events are held for new and prospective students, parents, alumni and friends.

 

 

David Creel: All God's critters

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

You already know that beauty exists across the species, although I confess I have never found anything attractive about a snake or a spider. But did you know that the desire to be beautiful also spans a number of God's creatures as well?

 

 

Prairie settlers explored in author's talk Wednesday

Posted 7/23/2011 in Community

Genealogist and author Thomas Locke Mayfield will give a book talk on his newest book "Voices from the Prairie: Stories of Life on the Prairie" Wednesday, July 27, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from noon- 1 p.m.

 

 

CAC to host Possum Town Quilters exhibit

Posted 7/23/2011 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council will host a free gallery reception to open an exhibit of work by the Possum Town Quilters on Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Teens experience a mountain high

Posted 7/23/2011 in Community

It started out almost as a joke, this idea that Hagan Walker and Meriweather Bean of Columbus would drive 3,000 miles round-trip, to the San Isabel National Forest in Colorado to scale the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains of North America.

 

Adele Elliott: Ashes to ashes

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

My sister called this week, a rare occurrence. She had received a package containing Mother's ashes. "They're in a plastic box," Victoria told me, "I remember seeing something like it at Pier 1, maybe 10 or so years ago." What a crude container for such a complicated woman. Mother would have hated it. Then she added, "The box has a sort of rattle."

 

'The Music Man': Popular musical has West Point singing Broadway again

Posted 7/23/2011 in Entertainment

When the brass brigade leading "Seventy-six Trombones" marches on stage in West Point July 29-30, the signature song from "The Music Man" will signal not only a rollicking night of entertainment, but the return of musical theater to a town that's been eager to get back "on the boards."

 

CVB board gives $35K to Legends concert

Posted 7/22/2011 in Entertainment

After delaying its decision for a month, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted to make $35,000 available to the Legends Concert, which is looking to bring in REO Speedwagon and The Temptations.

 

 

OCC brings Christmas in July to Columbus

Posted 7/21/2011 in Community

Operation Christmas Child Regional Manager Gabe Walker, of Atlanta, will be in Columbus Saturday to share the mission behind the Samaritan's Purse shoebox ministry.

 

Forks & Corks: Develop 'A Taste for the Arts' at Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser

Posted 7/20/2011 in Food

A culinary challenge designed by The Starkville Area Arts Council will bring six chefs together to "face off" Saturday for "Best of Forks & Corks" bragging rights. Patrons will be the big beneficiaries that evening, as they sample some of the finest cuisine in the region and take part in a live auction. But the long-term beneficiary is the community at large.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Kayaking the creeks

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columns

About six years ago there were lots of kayaking outfitters within a few hours' drive, but nowadays it looks like most of those watering holes have dried up.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ulterior motives

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Actors are taught to understand their character's motivation. In mystery movies, the murderer must have motive. Usually that is greed, or jealousy, or maybe even passion. But without a very compelling reason, the crime is somehow hollow, and just not believable.

 

Rufus Ward: Dr. Spillman, lost in history

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Few people recognize the name of Dr. William Spillman of Columbus. Even the marker is missing from his grave in Friendship Cemetery. His 1836 house still stands, but bears no historic marker or plaque. Spillman is a man lost in history.

 

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