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Think the world of opera and art music is stuffy? Angela Brown's Columbus visit will make you think again

Posted 1/19/2013 in Community

Angela Brown is a force. Whether stunning international opera audiences in roles like "Aida," singing show-stopping art songs in concert, or winning over school children with her inspired program, "Opera from a Sistah's Point of View," Angela Brown is a charming, witty, formidable force.

Cheese lovers unite, celebrate national 'holiday' with cheesy recipes

Posted 1/16/2013 in Food

I know. Believe me, I get the irony of featuring cheesy recipes the week after 300-calorie dishes filled our food pages, but Sunday is National Cheese Lovers Day -- and man does not live by calorie-counting alone.

Dream 365 expands with new events

Posted 1/16/2013 in Community

The Rev. Tony Montgomery of Columbus checks his watch a lot these days. He has numerous places to be and tasks to check off, as do Learnard Dickerson and Lavonne Harris, who complete the trio of lead organizers of Dream 365.

Hitting the right note: Music focus may inspire tomorrow's musicians (and teach them math as well)

Posted 1/12/2013 in Community

Steady rain on a gray Wednesday didn't dampen spirits inside a music room at Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School in Columbus. Fifth-graders concentrated, drawing bows across strings as they performed a scale on violins for their music teacher, Tina Morgan. As the last notes faded, the children's faces were wreathed in smiles.

West Point writer keeps thrills coming in second novel

Posted 1/12/2013 in Entertainment

When we last saw the fictional Jake Crosby, he and his daughter, Katy, had narrowly survived a harrowing nightmare in the Alabama woods, hunted by drug runner Moon Pie Daniels and his band of thugs. Jake, a stockbroker and hunter, was forced to kill two of his pursuers. Moon Pie had vowed revenge.


Community Calendar for the week of January 13, 2013

Posted 1/12/2013 in Entertainment



Out and about for the week of January 13, 2013

Posted 1/12/2013 in Entertainment

The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest.


Southern gardening: Pyracantha brings color to winter-dreary scenes

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

Color in the landscape can seem like an unachievable goal in the cold and dreary winter months. But it can be reached when gardeners rely on plants with features other than flowers to brighten the areas around homes.


Songwriters' competition deadline extended

Posted 1/12/2013 in Community

The Starkville Area Arts Council has announced it will extend the deadline for song entries in its 2013 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter's Competition until Friday, Feb. 1.



Seven counties to host youth squirrel hunts

Posted 1/12/2013 in Community

Wildlife groups are sponsoring squirrel hunts for youths in seven counties across Mississippi on Feb. 9 to promote lifetimes of safe and responsible hunting.



A Stone's throw: The American dream

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

The one-block section of Fourth Street South in Columbus known as Catfish Alley has been in the news often lately. A slick magazine bears its name. A building on the corner of Catfish Alley and Main Street wears a painted sign that probably goes unnoticed by many: "Joseph Hanna Gen. Mdse."



Therapeutic program in need of horses, saddles

Posted 1/12/2013 in Community

Mississippi State University's Extension Service is seeking donations of adult-sized saddles and two additional safe, gentle horses for therapeutic riding sessions.



Downsize, simplify to ease your garden workload

Posted 1/12/2013 in Entertainment

If you're gardening more but enjoying it less, maybe it's time to add some labor-saving ideas to that list of New Year's resolutions.



Being beautiful: Pixie steals the spotlight in 'Les Miserables'

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

Not since Mia Farrow, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy has the pixie haircut been more the rage than it is now. All the hype leading up to "Les Miserables" did not disappoint with stylized cinematography, the genius score that could only come from the epic musical and marvelous costumes. With a cast of big name stars, it was indeed Anne Hathaway who shined the brightest with her portrayal of Fantine.


Starkville student benefits from MSU connection to Lincoln

Posted 1/12/2013 in Community

A Starkville High School student says Mississippi State and its connection to historic legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln led to her ideas in a winning essay, which recently earned her a prized scholarship.


'All That Jazz' kicks off 2013 symphony season

Posted 1/11/2013 in Entertainment

The Starkville/Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra will perform its first 2013 winter concert Saturday, Jan. 12, at the downtown First Baptist Church located at 106 E. Lampkin St.


300 calorie meals can boost that new year's resolution

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

So, how are we doing? Nine days into 2013, and it's safe to say a notable percentage of Americans who resolved to drop a few pounds are slip-sliding away. If you made that resolution, no doubt your commitment is built of sterner stuff. If you're counting calories in a quest to a healthier weight, perhaps a few suggestions for meals that are 300-calories-or-less will shore up your arsenal.


Right at home: Cool gadgets for pie makers, givers

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

Making your own pie is one of the best gifts you can give your table, your family and friends. Retailers are offering lots of cool implements to help you create your own stellar versions, so let the baking begin.



A healthier take on weeknight-friendly risotto

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

I'm always searching for ways to make a healthier version of risotto, one of my favorite winter Italian dishes.


Columbus, MUW take center stage as theater festival comes to town

Posted 1/5/2013 in Entertainment

On stages from Mississippi's coast to Oxford, a vast network of theater lovers is diligently at work. Their dog-eared scripts, peppered with margin notes and highlighted passages, go with them everywhere. Rehearsals are serious business. Time is growing short.


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