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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.

 

Treasured tribute

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

Brenda Caradine returned from New York bearing a hat box she handled with great care. Inside, lay a laurel wreaththat almost 27 years earlier, had lain on Tennessee Williams’ body, and later his coffin, on the day of his funeral in 1983.

 

Beck’s ‘Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie’ debuts

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

Near the site of the historic Civil War conflict, Friends of the Battle of Okolona will host a book signing for Dr. Brandon H. Beck’s latest release, “The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie.

 

Artists’ works featured in Starkville’s one-of-a-kind artists’ showcase

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

A collection of works by local artists will be showcased in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Gallery at 200 Main St. through the month of December.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Grave discoveries

Posted 12/5/2009 in Columns

My little basket of cemetery tools seemed woefully inadequate as I faced a stalk as tall as me growing right out of the middle of the gravesite. I had just driven two hours to clean and decorate the grave, but for this job I would possibly need power tools.

 

 

Betty Stone: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ — a tradition is born

Posted 12/5/2009 in Columns

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.

 

 

Adele Elliott: A classic Christmas

Posted 12/5/2009 in Columns

I have the perfect antidote for the sort of stress that makes folks wish for a prescription of tranquilizers.

 

Teens get real with newest JA service project

Posted 12/5/2009 in About Town

Columbus High School juniors got a taste of the real world when Junior Auxiliary of Columbus hosted a Reality Fair recently for 253 students.

 

Rainwater program explores Christmas sky lore Friday

Posted 12/5/2009 in About Town

On Friday, Dec.11, at 7 p.m., the Rainwater Astronomical Association will present a revised version of its traditional program for the Christmas season.

 

 

Shaw is promoted to research vice president at MSU

Posted 12/5/2009 in About Town

A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member and research scientist is being named vice president for research and economic development at the land-grant institution.

 

Holidays send this Lowndes County cook into candy-making mode

Posted 12/2/2009 in Food

Few things inspire a bona fide candymaker like the holidays. For Jeanette Basson, the advent of Thanksgiving and Christmas sends her straight to the high-ceilinged kitchen of her family’s 1835 Lowndes County farmhouse near the Alabama state line.

 

Michael Feldman’s ‘Whad’Ya Know?’ to broadcast live from Columbus

Posted 11/28/2009 in Entertainment

Michael Feldman brings his popular public radio show to Rent Auditorium in Columbus for a live broadcast Saturday, Dec. 12. This will be Feldman’s first trip to enjoy the Southern hospitality of the Golden Triangle region.

 

 

Christmas Festival brings Bethlehem to life

Posted 11/28/2009 in Entertainment

Bright, colorful paper and fancy bows might add to the glitz and glamour associated with the holiday season. But if you were able to take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season could be found.

 

 

Veteran professor named head of MSU forestry

Posted 11/28/2009 in Entertainment

A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department. Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only four-year forestry degree program in the state.

 

 

‘Edam-up’ Christmas at MSU’s cheese store

Posted 11/28/2009 in Entertainment

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store located on Mississippi State University’s campus offers several ways to help with the gift list, as well as the Christmas feast — with cheese and other holiday specialties.

 

 

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