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The wonderful world of ... Andy Harkness

Posted 7/4/2010 in Entertainment

When Andy Harkness was bagging groceries on the night shift at Starkville's Sack and Save 18 years ago, he had no idea his future was about to become so ... well, animated.

Show your colors this Fourth of July

Posted 6/30/2010 in Food

Whether celebrating Independence Day weekend with a host of friends or a small gathering of family, add a flourish by showing your colors. Red, white and blue strawberry appetizers or a patriotic potato salad will have the crowd talking. Or how about an American flag cake for dessert?

Training ground: MUW Culinary Camp inspires independence in the kitchen

Posted 6/30/2010 in Food

"Beautiful, beautiful!" praised Chef Vicki Leach, checking Britton Walker's fried green tomatoes in progress during the fourth and final week of the Culinary Arts Institute's Culinary Camp at Mississippi University for Women. Tantalizing aromas mingled June 22 as 18 campers at cooking stations industriously went about the mouth-watering business of creating everything from Asian peanut salad to risotto.

 

Bob Raymond: Firsthand look at Orange Beach

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Cathy Pilkinton recently returned from a great week at Orange Beach. After hearing lots of reports about the condition of the beach from friends and on Facebook, Cathy and three of her friends decided to do what they could to support the local economy there.

 

In spite of a life-changing injury, 'can't' is not in LeAnn Shelton's vocabulary

Posted 6/26/2010 in Entertainment

LeAnn Shelton made up her mind a very long time ago it's better to laugh than cry about what can't be changed. And please don't tell her there's anything she can't do. The 28-year-old Reform, Ala., woman has been proving that wrong since losing her left arm in a riding mower accident when she was 4 years old.

 

Adele Elliott: Tangled webs

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

The machines are rebelling. At work, my computer died a dramatic death. It crackled like a raging fire. Horrible noises broadcast down the hallway, terrifying my coworkers. Then, the screen went black. At home, I got no e-mail for about two months; then 5,000 came at one time.

 

 

David Creel: I love New York City!

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

"Start spr-eading the news. I'm leaving today. I'm gonna be a part of it, New York, New York!"

 

 

Betty Stone: It's reunion time!

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Summer is traditionally that time of easy living, lazy, crazy days and reunions. Some of us got cheated by life on the reunion feature. In my generation my family was so small that if we met for lunch, we'd had a reunion.

 

Ask Rufus: Tom Locke's Zoo

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Many people still remember the small zoo that was in Propst Park but few recall the large private zoo that was once in Columbus.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Portrait of a painter

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

After Katrina, they moved to Columbus to be near their only daughter. They had lost everything after 60 years of marriage, everything except each other.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The World That Never Was

Posted 6/23/2010 in Columns

If we had had a better-trained bomber a few months ago, we would have had a terrorist disaster in New York City when his car bomb exploded. That one didn't go off, but plenty do in many parts of the world. The international terrorist bombers now tend to be religious.

 

Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen asks your support to expand schedule and give more than a meal

Posted 6/23/2010 in Food

Attendance is up at Columbus' Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen due to, in part, the economy.

 

Bob Raymond: Columbians man the coast

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Several Columbians have been on the coast this past week. Terry and Anne Freeze spent a week eating, napping, sippin' and dippin.' Terry's brother Buck and his wife Millie joined them for supper one evening. They live in Lillian, Ala. Their grandson Zane is in the Coast Guard and has been stationed on a ship in Pensacola, Fla., doing oil-related work.

 

 

David Creel: Going to the chapel

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Well, Beyonce said it best. "If you like it then you should put a ring on it." So, I found myself doing what most "bffs" with innate fashion sensibility do ... helping Ashley find the way through the oftentimes confusing maze of planning a wedding.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Changes

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

June is considered a romantic month. More brides choose this month than any other. I'm not sure why they do. It certainly is not the prettiest, or the most temperate. Maybe it is because school has just ended and recent college grads can begin their new life with a new wife (or husband). It is a month for big changes.

 

Join Nash Street for music video

Posted 6/20/2010 in Entertainment

Put the grassroots country music of Starkville-based Nash Street and the grand old Delta Queen steamboat together. Throw in a low country boil, an eager audience, and what do you get? Good times and a music video that will herald the next stage of the talented quintet's career.

 

Jeff Wilson: Turfgrass tips

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

While some of you may be singing "Take me out to the ballgame" and cheering on your favorite team, others may be singing 'take me out to the garden' and cheering on your favorite plant. Whatever your choice, this is the time to enjoy them.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: 'I've got this place'

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I've got this place where I like to go to ponder. Some of you might have one, too. It's not so much that we need a special place for pondering; some places are just better suited for it than others. My place is "The Asphalt" -- not necessarily a name that conjures up an image of a tranquil setting conducive for contemplating one's place in the universe.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus, Alabama

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I recently presented a program to the Macon Rotary Club. Afterward I was asked if it was true that Columbus had once been in Alabama. My response was that it never had been located in Alabama, but the people of Columbus did once think that they were.

 

 

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