Ed Currie holds one of his world-record Carolina Reaper peppers by the stem, which looks like the tail of a scorpion. On the other end is the bumpy, oily, fire-engine red fruit with a punch of heat nearly as potent as most pepper sprays used by police. It's hot enough to leave even the most seasoned spicy food aficionado crimson-faced, flushed with sweat, trying not to lose his lunch.
Let me offer a suggestion if you looked around your house this Christmas season and enjoyed the poinsettias but wished for a little variety. Next year, bring home some cyclamen to decorate your living area over the winter.
The '70s, so I am told, was a groovy era. I was just a kid, but even I remember the bell bottoms, wedge heels and episodes of "The Brady Bunch" in which Marcia was the beauty, Cindy was the baby and, well, there was Jan in the middle. The Bee Gees were on every radio station, Farrah Fawcett was the sex symbol and three iconic haircuts came onto the scene, man.
The Golden Triangle UNCF Committee, which includes the areas of West Point, Starkville and Columbus, will host their annual banquet to support the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Salvation Army bell-ringers in Biloxi collected two golden rings. The diamond engagement and wedding rings were wrapped in a two-page letter asking that they go to a Christian couple who cannot afford a diamond and are making a lifetime commitment.
Residents of Mississippi can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.
Don't make the mistake of trying to pigeonhole Alex Warble's art. He'll surprise you. Just when you think he's best known for his "people party" paintings of repeating "Elvi," pimps or quirky everyday characters, one discovers his surrealistic pet portraits.
This is a day of mixed emotions for Myra McAdams. Fairview Baptist Church's organist is retiring after more than 25 years of Sunday morning and evening services, Wednesday night choir rehearsals, Christmas, Easter and patriotic presentations, nursing home programs, weddings, funerals and hours upon hours of disciplined practice.
The 17th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 20-22 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville as a showcase venue for independent filmmakers.
Even though the weather in the middle of winter prevents much gardening with plants, dedicated and enthusiastic gardeners find ways to keep fun and interest in the yard all year long.
I sit here wrapped in my favorite cozy scarf, recalling all the New Years I have known, both as a child lighting up the dark country nights with my brothers and a bag of "firecrackers" to elegant dinner parties clinking champagne flutes as an adult. Yes, I am wearing my silver sequined slippers, y'all.
Not up to putting on a formal dinner party for New Year's Eve? Can't blame you. And who cares? Most people would prefer the more casual atmosphere of lots of appetizer-sized nibbles, anyway.
Welcome 2014! Oh my, is anyone really ready to face another year? I certainly am not.
More riders in Mississippi State University's therapeutic riding program increases the need for volunteers and horses.
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.