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Smokin' Summer

Posted 5/23/2012 in Food

Memorial Day traditionally serves as the starting pistol for a summer of outdoor smoking and grilling. How better to usher in that mouthwatering season than with a little insight from a master cook?

'Sold' on service: Young 'ad execs' promote community causes with inaugural IB exit project

Posted 5/19/2012 in Community

Two months ago, fifth-grader Jalyn Collins had never heard of guerilla marketing. Her classmate, Morgan Williams, could not imagine she would "pitch" a product to random shoppers at the mall. And 11-year-old Kevin Brown certainly had no idea what an elevator speech was. But these students at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School -- an IB (international baccalaureate) World School -- and their fifth-grade classmates have become pretty savvy since March. With a public exhibition Monday evening, they completed the K-5 school's first-ever IB exit project.

'Faulkner's World' offers glimpse into famed author's life in Mississippi

Posted 5/19/2012 in About Town

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer's home in Oxford. A selection of those images are compiled in a traveling exhibit, "Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain," on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library through June 22.

Grants bring out community's artistic side

Posted 5/19/2012 in Community

Grants can often make the difference between a project coming to fruition or languishing unfulfilled. This academic year, the Starkville Area Arts Council has awarded more than $5,000 in grants in Starkville schools to support artistic pursuits.

Mississippi Picnic in the Big Apple set for June 9

Posted 5/19/2012 in About Town

There will be a decided Southern drawl added to New York City's Central Park Saturday, June 9, when Mississippians and friends from far and near converge for the 33rd annual Mississippi Picnic in the Big Apple, presented in part by the Mississippi Development Authority.


Clearing up a few shades of grey

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columns

Many of my friends are reading "Fifty Shades of Grey." They simply can't put it down. I suppose many of us need to escape reality, if only through the pages of a bestseller. Well, never mind that, I am going to hit reality head-on with a few "grey" matters of my own.



Borrowed from the boys

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columns

Doesn't it seem like men have it easier where weight loss is concerned? It doesn't seem to take any time at all for a guy to get into tip-top shape. And don't even get me started on how quickly and easily those rascals can lose fat and gain muscle. It's quite unfair.


Pat Sansone: At The Speed Of Sound

Posted 5/17/2012 in Entertainment

Mississippi native performing with Wilco Saturday in Memphis

Go bananas: This isn't grandma's banana pudding

Posted 5/16/2012 in Food

Southerners love their banana pudding.

Miranda Lambert bringing On Fire Tour to Southaven

Posted 5/15/2012 in Entertainment

Country singer discusses whirlwind year with Dispatch's Jeff Clark

Girl power: "Mom" nurtures 11 girls under her wing, with love to go around

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" giggled 8-year-old Stella, entertaining her house sisters and "Mom," Kara Copes, at Palmer Home for Children in Columbus. Her audience, gathered under the gazebo on a bright May afternoon, pretended to be stumped.


Adele Elliott: Exodus, part two

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

As a child, I was terrified of trains. I cried if our car stopped near a train track or crossing. Many songs have been written about the romantic sound of a distant whistle. I cannot relate to lyrics about the allure of a train whistle's screech. That sound pierces chills and panic into my body. To me, it is the soundtrack of horror movies.


Seattle songwriter, Texas-style fiddler combine talents Wednesday

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

The Columbus Arts Council hosts Seattle singer/songwriter Ian McFeron and fiddler Alisa Milner in concert Wednesday, May 16, in the Omnova Theater of the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus.


A Stone's throw

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time, we visited. When I was a young mother we visited often with other mothers tending small children. Morning coffee with friends was not unusual. Then, children grew, and mothers went back to work.


Beautiful botanicals and the arts blend in 'Art in the Garden'

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

If gardening is your passion, or if you just want to spend a leisurely morning listening to good music or watching an artisan at work, the Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) suggests Art in the Garden Saturday, May 19.

{Nourish} Fresh, healthy Mexican-inspired home cooking

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

Last weekend was a fun yet busy one, with Market Street Festival and Cinco de Mayo falling on the same day. I had Market Street After Dark on Friday night, Zumba In The Street with my Y peeps the following morning, then, of course, a little Market Street shopping in the Mississippi May humidity.


Being beautiful: Heaven on earth, right now

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

It is true that life is measured not by the breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away. I have so very much to measure this Mother's Day.


Jolly-Smith, Sherman recognized by Alumni Association

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

Dr. Sue Jolly-Smith and Dr. Harry Sherman, both of Columbus, were honored by Mississippi University for Women's Alumni Association at the association's annual membership meeting during Homecoming at MUW in late April.


Births: Barrett Jay Mordecai

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

Jay and Dana Mordecai of Columbus announce the birth of their son, Barrett Jay Mordecai, on April 21, 2012, at the Clay County Medical Center.



Military notes: Adair graduates

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jennifer N. Adair graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.



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