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Gingerbread man: This skateboarding, guitar-picking deacon takes the gingerbread house to a new level

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

Shane Tubbs would be the first to tell you he’s still got a big dose of kid in him. And Shane Tubbs loves Christmas. It’s one of the reasons the irrepressible skateboarding, singing deacon — and can we add actor? — easily sheds any ribbing he gets from the guys for turning into the gingerbread man every December. How did it all get started?

Chrismon tradition: Decorated in white and gold symbols, this tree has a deeper meaning

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

While trees festooned in red and green and hung with shiny Santas and are what most people associate with Christmas, the serenely beautiful Chrismon tree glows with a special and sacred significance in many churches, and even some homes.

SAAC honors Gaston with Award of Excellence

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

The Starkville Area Arts Council’s Award of Excellence in the Arts is bestowed upon the individual, group or organization that has done the most to promote the inculcation of the arts for the cultural, educational, social, ethnic and/or economic vitality within the Starkville area during the preceding year.

 

Hearin Leadership Program hosts conference for high school students

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

Mississippi University for Women’s Hearin Leadership Program will host its ninth annual Hearin High School Leadership Conference on the weekend of Jan. 29, 2010.

 

Historic images fill fundraising calendars

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

President Howard Taft speaks on Main Street Columbus in 1902. Men in fedoras and suits study the rubble of First Columbus National Bank after a devastating fire in March 1919. The 1927 Stephen D. Lee High School state football champions pose on modest wooden bleachers in their dirt-stained uniforms.

 

Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen announces move, needs list

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

The Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen will soon reach a goal it set when it was organized in the summer of 2008 to help feed those in need. The ministry, which has been serving meals on Mondays and Fridays at the Salvation Army at 2219 Main St., will soon be moving into a permanent home — just next door, in the former location of Cash Distributing.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Traditions

Posted 12/19/2009 in Columns

Tis the season ... we are expected to be joyous, peaceful and generous. Add whatever you wish to this list. It could be endless.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Liar, liar pants on fire

Posted 12/19/2009 in Columns

Isn’t it interesting that a guy can get arrested for asking for a dollar for a hamburger but any number of people can call you during the family supper hour and ask for money?

 

 

Roger Truesdale: It’s snowing in Leland

Posted 12/19/2009 in Columns

Snow storms seem to evade the Golden Triangle. I might be the cause.

 

Sterling starters: Quick, tasty appetizers are a holiday favorite for this great cook

Posted 12/16/2009 in Food

Janey Stubbs of Starkville is a fan of delicious appetizers that can be made up in quick order.

 

Rob Hardy: Secret lives of buildings

Posted 12/15/2009 in Columns

We were touring a castle in England years ago, and came to the banqueting hall. “This hall has been remodeled many times,” the sign in the room said, “the last time in 1654.” It was a reminder of how old buildings in the Old World really are, and a cause for doubt: can it be that this room looked just the same as it did more than 300 years ago? I thought of that sign many times as I was reading “The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories” (Metropolitan Books) by Edward Hollis.

 

So many Santas: The spirit of Father Christmas lives year-round in Fred Kinder’s Santa collection

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

As the days of December advance, thoughts of Santa Claus fill the minds of the young and young-at-heart the world over. Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas — whatever name he’s known by, the beloved figure symbolizes the thoughtful and generous nature of Christmas. He inspires a spirit of goodness that can soften even the grinchiest of us at this time of year.

 

Explore the stars with MUW’s Backyard Astronomy

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Science Enrichment Program at Mississippi University for Women will host two workshops at the beginning of the year titled “Backyard Astronomy,” in which participants will be able to explore the stars.

 

 

Community band launches new concert year

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its seventh year Jan. 11 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.

 

Bes’ birthday boosts Toys for Tots Christmas drive

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Bes Sumrall’s birthday party had all the usual trimmings. Friends to play with, colorful balloons, a special cake and gifts — plenty of gifts. But for this Columbus toddler, there was a twist to turning 2. All the new, brightly-packaged toys brought to this party were not for Bes; they were destined for Toys for Tots and children in need in this community.

 

Blade’s named Wassail-meister

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Blade’s Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.

 

 

Eagle Scouts urged to register for network

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Scouting officials are trying to identify all Eagle Scouts in North Mississippi as part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Wish list

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

This is the time of year to dream of wishes fulfilled. We are making our lists for Santa, or for whomever is our personal giver of gifts. Most requests, I suppose, are reasonable. Some may ask for a gift that sparkles, or one that hums, or perhaps even one with four legs and a tail that wags. Green is always good, whether it means environmentally beneficial, or the sort of green that folds neatly into a pocket.

 

 

Betty Stone: The day the weasel went berserk

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

(Occasionally, a reader will ask me when we will have something else by my grandson, who is in the Peace Corps in Peru. He obliged by sending the following. Nothing in the content represents the Peace Corps or the United States government. It is simply the observation of an individual.)

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Down at the pokey

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

“Hey, you got a dollar for a hamburger?” It was about lunchtime, and I was exiting my car in front of the courthouse. I smiled and said, “Yeah,” and reached back into my car at the coin keeper and gathered a handful of change. I had a hunch and intended to follow it. Now that I had his undivided attention I asked, “I think you know my husband.” He looked puzzled. “Bardwell,” I called out.

 

 

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