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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.