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'Empty Bowls' will benefit Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen

Posted 10/24/2009 in Food

In a show of community unity, school students, university faculty, area artisans and other caring individuals have pitched in to make more than 500 ceramic bowls for the Nov. 7 “Empty Bowls” event to alleviate hunger.

 

 

Mark those calendars for downtown holiday events

Posted 10/24/2009 in Entertainment

Knowing it’s not too early to flag dates for the busy holiday season ahead, Main Street Columbus has announced the schedule of special community events taking place downtown during November and December.

 

 

Decorative Arts Forum explores the 19th century South and its changing palate

Posted 10/24/2009 in Entertainment

In the genteel dining rooms of the 19th century American South, many families entertained at polished tabletops adorned with some of the most exquisite decorative service hand-crafted abroad. Dining customs, as well, reflected changing times and European influences. With the 2009 Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale Nov. 5-8, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation explores all this and more with gala events, illuminating talks and a glittering array of antiques.

 

Bump in the night: Mississippi Paranormal Research tries to explain the inexplicable

Posted 10/24/2009 in Entertainment

Unexplained voices, shadowy figures, doors that open and close by themselves ... it’s the stuff of sleepless nights. And especially as Halloween nears, a surprising number everyday folks feel plagued by just such bumps in the night. When their rattled nerves send them searching for answers online, many discover the Mississippi Paranormal Research team.

 

Rob Hardy: Pat Tillman’s true story told

Posted 10/23/2009 in Columns

Everyone who has followed current events even slightly over the past five years knows that football hero and soldier Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, and that the military had trouble telling the truth about his death from rifle fire by his own platoon. Tillman had a remarkable life for one who died at age 27, and in “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” (Doubleday), Jon Krakauer has provided the biography that Tillman deserves, vivid and compelling.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Inside the mind of a dog

Posted 10/23/2009 in Columns

Scientifically, we might know a lot more about rats than we do about dogs. There are some experimental labs that have dogs as subjects, but lab rats get a lot of scientific attention. Dogs get a lot of domestic attention, but scientific study of dogs, and the ways they get along with humans and with other dogs, has not been a high concern.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Seafood is simple

Posted 10/21/2009 in Columns

We love seafood and could eat it every day if we had access. Access is the obstacle in a land-locked town, especially a small town. Even a moderate-sized town such as Athens, Ga., with 150,000, doesn’t have a seafood shop. There, we depended on our local organic grocery store, Earthfare, which at least had several deliveries a week of some of the basic fish, like wild-caught salmon or tuna. Plus, they also sold only dry-pack shrimp and scallops.

 

Mother and daughter partner as wedding caterers — and so much more

Posted 10/21/2009 in Food

While it’s not unusual for blushing brides and dashing grooms to tie the knot or hold their beautiful receptions in some of Columbus’ gracious antebellum structures, what has evolved at Shadowlawn is a bit out of the ordinary.

 

Roger Truesdale: For Cousin Tuffy and his sidekick, Victor

Posted 10/18/2009 in Columns

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a signed copy of Memphis historian Ron Hall’s latest book, “Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling.”

 

 

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ will play to Lyceum audiences

Posted 10/18/2009 in Entertainment

A classic tale of justice, childhood innocence and the South comes to life at Mississippi State University Oct. 21 when the Montana Repertory Theatre brings its dramatization of “To Kill a Mockingbird” to campus.

 

 

Floral open house, tips mark MSU Florist’s 75th year

Posted 10/18/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The center of Mississippi State university’s unique floral management academic program celebrates its 75th anniversary Oct. 30 with several special public activities.

 

 

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ will play to Lyceum audiences

Posted 10/18/2009 in Entertainment

A classic tale of justice, childhood innocence and the South comes to life at Mississippi State University Oct. 21 when the Montana Repertory Theatre brings its dramatization of “To Kill a Mockingbird” to campus.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: For Cousin Tuffy and his sidekick, Victor

Posted 10/18/2009 in Columns

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a signed copy of Memphis historian Ron Hall’s latest book, “Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling.”

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ode

Posted 10/18/2009 in Columns

“Mississippi is like this, a scorched dark country where silence solidifies like clay in a kiln.” Kendall Dunkelberg These days, poems swirl around me. They are caught up in the wind, whipping around my ears and ankles. I hear them whispering in the walls and scampering, like squirrels, across the roof. Recording them, however, is as difficult as capturing clouds.

 

Tony Allen entered a competition, but found an equine partner

Posted 10/18/2009 in Entertainment

Tony Allen of Vernon, Ala., leans on the metal railing of an indoor riding arena, black cowboy hat low on his forehead. His intent gaze follows his four-legged charge, which idly and confidently roams the new environment, investigating whatever sights and smells there are for a horse to explore.

One couple’s experience coping with the insidious thief, Alzheimer’s disease, may help others

Posted 10/18/2009 in Entertainment

Joe Seger is a learned man. Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, a professor of religion, an authority in Middle Eastern pre-history, a holder of multiple degrees — including one from Harvard University. He is a gentleman accustomed to painstaking research and the quest for elusive answers.

A home for the heart: For Linder Burt, recovery leads to a new home and ‘ideal job’

Posted 10/14/2009 in Food

For Linder Burt, preparing lunch and supper for a dozen adults every day isn’t a hardship; it’s a life-saving blessing. As head cook at Recovery House, a substance abuse treatment facility for women, Linder brings very personal insight to the unique environment. Only 18 months ago, she herself arrived homeless and helpless at the Lowndes County agency, in dire need of treatment.

 

Main Street Columbus announces Holiday Market

Posted 10/10/2009 in Entertainment

The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market Advisory Board and Main Street Columbus announce the 2009 Hitching Lot Holiday Market. The second annual event will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 21, from 7-10 a.m.

 

 

Games, costumes, bachelors highlight W’s Oktoberfest

Posted 10/10/2009 in Entertainment

With games and food booths, costume contests for people and pets — plus a bachelor auction — Mississippi University for Women’s Oktoberfest, Tuesday, Oct. 20, promises fall fun for the whole community. Admission is free to the event on Shattuck Lawn from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

 

 

Freedom and controversy visit the library

Posted 10/10/2009 in Entertainment

To most people, the public library evokes images of quiet halls, mountains of books and studious librarians. But libraries can also be the setting for raucous controversy, especially relating to freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Libraries and the First Amendment, a new exhibit at the Columbus Public Library provided by the Chicago-based McCormick Freedom Project, explores the library’s role in enabling and protecting First Amendment freedoms.

 

 

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