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She did it!: Columbus cook wins 'Restaurant Express,' opens Vegas restaurant

Posted 12/18/2013 in Food

Five years ago, Seonkyoung Longest of South Korea sat in her new house in north Columbus, feeling the isolation inherent in leaving behind her homeland, her family and her native language. Before long, she discovered an outlet in the Food Network.

A home for the holidays: Habitat for Humanity makes a dream come true, just in time for Christmas

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

The old, sentimental Christmas standards about home have never had more meaning for Tiffany and Terry Boykin of Columbus. Perry Como's "Home for the Holidays" and Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" seem to carry a deeper message this time around. On Christmas morning, the Boykin family will wake up in a new house, one they have worked hard on, alongside Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

Teachers: Students' Design an Ad contest extended to Dec. 20

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

All area students are invited to become designers in The Dispatch's second annual Design an Ad contest. The deadline for entries, originally set for Dec. 13, has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20.


Being beautiful: Santa can't do all the work

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columns

It seemed each day I added something new to my flocked tree -- old world Santas, silver glittered ribbons, ice blue glass balls -- yet something was still missing.



Adele Elliott: The Christmas clock is ticking

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columns

We have just a few more shopping days until Christmas. Are you in panic mode yet? Not to worry. I am here with tons of great last-minute gift ideas.


Southern Gardening: Oh, (Mississippi) Christmas tree

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columns

I hope everyone has Christmas traditions that their family looks forward to each year. One of the traditions I enjoyed growing up in the Great White North was going to get the Christmas tree.

Local landscapes: Decorating, gifting with plants

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columns

Thanksgiving has long passed and the holiday season is upon us. You may have noticed this by the tightening of your waistline. As we say in our home, there is no such thing as too much dessert. Anyway, now it is time for indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.

Columbus church prepares to launch fine arts academy

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Have you hoped to one day learn how to play woodwinds or to paint a sunset? To hone skills on the drums or improve vocal performance? For those who value the joy and exhilaration that comes from an involvement with the arts, the new Fairview Baptist Church Fine Arts Academy (FAFA) launching in January in Columbus can be a valuable resource.

6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches

Posted 12/14/2013 in Entertainment

Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It's that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we're hearing. Mondegreens, the moniker for misheard words in song, aren't restricted to holiday standards, of course, but the old-timey language of some seems to serve as a botched-lyric magnet.


Out and About for the week of December 15, 2013

Posted 12/14/2013 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. Be aware that some venues add facility/convenience charges to ticket prices.



Community Calendar for the week of December 15, 2013

Posted 12/14/2013 in Entertainment


Join the adventure as MUW studies abroad in Ireland

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Two Mississippi University for Women faculty members will lead a group of students to spend a month traveling and studying in Ireland in the summer of 2014. Based primarily in Dublin and Galway, students will take two three-credit courses for academic credit in history and English while exploring the country.

Columbus educator is among inductees to Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Well-known teacher and musician Dawn Barham of Columbus was among four K-12 educators honored for their service Dec. 5 at the annual Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremony held at Mississippi University for Women.

'Something Sweet': One cook can't stay out of the kitchen -- and the results are mighty sweet

Posted 12/11/2013 in Food

Admit it, some of us dread kitchen time and everything that goes with it -- the "what am I going to make?", the shopping list, check-out lines, the spills and dirty pans. And then, there's Fay Bell. The Columbus cook is the first to say there are days she wakes up and doesn't want to do a single thing except cook. And for a dessert specialist, what better time than the holidays to indulge in that pastime?


Chobani to debut at Super Bowl in major ad push

Posted 12/11/2013 in Food

Chobani says it will air its first Super Bowl ad this February, a move intended to make the Greek yogurt company more of a household name.


Easy eats for holiday entertaining

Posted 12/11/2013 in Food

Fantasizing about throwing a big holiday bash but fearful you'll spend the whole party -- or worse, the whole week -- in the kitchen prepping? We've got you covered.

A very special Christmas: Area mass choir to perform with Grammy-winning tenor (and it all began with a spot of channel surfing)

Posted 12/7/2013 in Community

A few years ago, Doug Browning was casually flipping through channels and came across David Phelps. "I hear this voice, and I just back up and watch. I was riveted in my living room!" said the Columbus First United Methodist Church music director. Although no one could have foreseen it then, Browning's discovery planted the seed that will bring the Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist to the Golden Triangle Dec. 21 at Rent Auditorium.

Changes unveiled for interactive Bethlehem

Posted 12/7/2013 in Community

Unwrap the real "gift" of Christmas by stepping back some 2,000 years into the village of Bethlehem, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15, from 6 to 8 p.m., as First Baptist Church in Columbus presents "First Christmas" at a new location -- Brickerton on Military Road.

Southern Gardening: Poinsettias pop with color

Posted 12/7/2013 in Columns

In their native Mexico, the bright red flowers of poinsettia are known as Flores de la Noche Buena --or Flowers of the Holy Night -- as they bloom each year during the Christmas season.


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