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New MSU artist-in-residence capturing beauty of Refuge

Posted 6/21/2014 in Community

Seeking to better connect with the area's natural environment, Mississippi State's newest artist-in-residence is on a month-long visit at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Savory & Sweet swaps: Table Talk hosts a neighborly recipe swap and indoor picnic June 25

Posted 6/18/2014 in Food

Let's confess. It can be boring cooking the same old thing time after time. We could use some inspiration.

Eat with Contact Helpline Saturday -- help keep the phones ringing

Posted 6/18/2014 in Community

Contact Helpline presents its annual catfish (and pulled pork and grilled chicken) fundraiser June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kroger parking lot on Highway 45 North in Columbus.


Market Fresh: In a pickle

Posted 6/18/2014 in Food

For the month of June the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market teamed with the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library to present Table Talks with a food theme.


The Dad Zone: Three girls, one guy -- this single dad is making it all work

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community

With three beguiling females under his roof, Carmine Muscarella concedes he's outnumbered and, at times, outmaneuvered. But this single dad in Caledonia wouldn't trade the equation for anything.

Ask Rufus: The stories houses tell

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

Last week Karen and I attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Heritage Trust in Tupelo. Our house, the Ole Homestead, received the 2014 Trudy Allen Award for residential restoration in Mississippi.

Are you in this photo?

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community

This 1956-57 photo of Gladys Bush's kindergarten class in Columbus includes many members of what would become the R.E. Hunt Class of 1969.

Chef Currence on 'Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey' at Wednesday's Table Talk

Posted 6/14/2014 in Entertainment

Join the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market June 18 for a visit with Oxford-based chef John Currence as he discusses his first cookbook, "Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey."

Being Beautiful: Giving new meaning to 'hope springs eternal'

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

I knew three things with certainty moments after my four-o'clock flew into the salon sideways in a minivan.

Columbus hostess makes unique Tenn-Tom centerpiece

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community

When it comes to centerpieces, Joy Phillips knows how to make an impression. Instead of the usual floral arrangement for a reception in her home for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority Board of Directors June 6, the Columbus hostess chose a more personalized approach.


MSU Extension celebrates ATV Safety Week with tips

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs.


Southern Gardening: Vitex offers color on state's hottest days

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

Now that the truly hot days of summer have arrived, vitex is ready to show its colors. This is one of the few plants that make Mississippi gardeners and nongardeners alike stop and take notice.


MSU Lyceum Series announces event lineup

Posted 6/14/2014 in Entertainment

As previously announced, an Aug. 20 concert by country music legend Merle Haggard will kick off Mississippi State's 2014-15 Lyceum Series season in newly renovated Lee Hall.



Community Calendar for the week of June 15, 2014

Posted 6/14/2014 in Entertainment



Out and About for the week of June 15, 2014

Posted 6/14/2014 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: some venues add facility/convenience charges to ticket prices.



School news: UWA graduates

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community


Partnership warns 'trying it once' could be one time too many

Posted 6/14/2014 in Community

The Lowndes County Prevention Partnership is out to help teens understand just how costly and devastating alcohol and drug abuse can be.


Adele Elliott: Because I'm happy (but not all the time)

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

This week, Chris and I attended a party celebrating the marriage of our dear friends, Meagan and Clare. They had a romantic destination wedding, saying their vows under a vine-covered gazebo in New York's Central Park.


Reading, writing and ... recipes? McKellar program turns out food-savvy teens -- and can inspire careers

Posted 6/11/2014 in Food

Training in the culinary arts has come a long way from the home economics classes of yesteryear. And no wonder: More than 13 million people now work in the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association cites.


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