Almost every small town in America has a special person who rides a bike, walks the streets, everybody knows and loves, and has at least one good story about. My old hometown, Rolling Fork, claims Calvin Dickerson as that person.
Columbus has been quite a popular destination recently. We enjoyed tours, lectures, concerts and countless choices of entertainment. Some weekends Chris and I had to select carefully because we just could not do it all. Truthfully, I would like a few days off just to recuperate.
Fall is a wonderful time to break out the stew recipes. Brrrr nights and blustery days call for comfort foods to fill the tummy and warm the heart. Most of us enjoy a traditional hearty beef stew, but variations are endless, as some of today's recipes illustrate.
Lee Ann and Tom Moore felt they had found "the" house the first time they viewed it in 2008. Unique in floorplan, and crowning the hill at the corner of College Street and First Street South in Columbus, it is, Tom says, "an outside-inside house."
The art program at West Point High School will have more resources thanks to the Drawing Out Success program run by students of Mississippi University for Women's Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.
Mississippi University for Women's Department of Music and Theatre will present its 2010 Fall Choral Concert Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 602 Main St., in Columbus.
A free public performance Sunday, Nov. 7, by the Starkville-MSU Symphony Chorus will feature Franz Schubert's "Mass in G," accompanied by strings and organ.
The HEARTS After School Tutoring Program will be a highlight of the community holiday season with its fundraising Holiday Bazaar. This festive day will be Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lower level of Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.
Robert Wolverton's orange ceramic pumpkin, which welcomes visitors to his house during October, shows how much Halloween has evolved through the centuries.
Even as a youngster growing up in Columbus, Robert Williams was "a doodler," drawing whatever appealed to his fertile imagination.
Dream 365--Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration in Columbus, was recently selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events for Spring 2011.
The sun may not have set on Halloween just yet, but organizers of the fifth annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar at First United Methodist Church in Starkville Nov. 5 have their minds on Christmas shopping.
A friend whose mother was dying shared with me perhaps the most poignant words I have ever heard. When asked if she would like fresh roses by the window of her hospital room, my friend's 90-year-old mother, animated from within as if someone had lit a candle in her heart, said, "No, dear, I have already been given enough roses."
First off, let's get something straight: I celebrate Hallowe'en, but not because I am "in league with the devil." Actually, those of us who believe in Christ are in the unique position to laugh at death, not to fear its symbols. For us, it has already been defeated.
I have a job answering phones at The Columbus/ Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It's actually rather fun work, sometimes hectic, and often challenging. I make copious notes on events in the area and try to keep the details orderly and organized.
When ceramics instructor Al (Alisa) Holen, of Mississippi University for Women, set a goal of having 1,000 hand-crafted bowls made to sell at the Nov. 6 Empty Bowls fundraiser for hunger relief, she had confidence in the university and the community at large. And they came through.
No bones about it, for fun-minded cooks, Halloween is a great time to set the imagination free.
Sam and I were on our way to the costume party; I rode beside him dressed in my bumblebee outfit. While I fought with my antennae bumping the headliner, I described costumes from a Miss Hospitality Pageant.
If you have read Mark Twain's wonderful "Life on the Mississippi," you have seen the classic portrait of steamboating on the great river, with its sense of privilege, adventure and (essential in Twain) comedy.
Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Lord Peter Wimsey and Hercule Poirot are among the most famous of literary characters. They may have had their eccentricities, but being of an exotic or foreign racial extraction was not among them. It's different for another famous shamus, Charlie Chan; I know detective fiction fans might be able to think of some other non-white gumshoe, but he's the only one who comes to my mind.