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Rob Hardy: A hedgehog obsession

Posted 11/10/2009 in Columns

You may spout any praise of America, but you cannot conceal the fact: America has no hedgehogs. Not native ones, anyway. Oh, we have hedgehog hobbyists who enjoy having imported hedgehogs as pets, and even have them compete in the International Hedgehog Olympic Games (the Olympic Committee who runs the human version wants you to be sure they do not themselves sponsor or endorse the hedgehog version).

 

 

Rob Hardy: Darwin and earthworms

Posted 11/10/2009 in Columns

Charles Darwin’s name is so firmly linked with evolution that it is often forgotten that he was interested in specifics of biology. For instance, while he was fretting for 17 years over whether to publish about evolution, he was busy investigating barnacles. He was to publish an authoritative work on them. He also wrote about the geology he had seen on his travels in the “Beagle,” and did experiments on whether eggs or seeds could travel the oceans to get to new lands. He was constantly busy on other projects, constantly enquiring and doing his own research simply because he had an exemplary curiosity.

 

 

Tennessee Williams honored in New York with induction

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

The late Tennessee Williams, born in Columbus in 1911, is most often associated with the vivid plays and characters he created and twice winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. But it is the Mississippi native’s poetry which inspired his induction Thursday, and in a special service today, into the American Poets’ Corner at the magnificent Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

 

 

Debut concert launches Choral Society

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

The newly-formed Columbus Choral Society will present its first concert Sunday, Nov. 15, in the First United Methodist Church Artz Fellowship Hall located at the corner of College Street and Sixth Street South in Columbus.

 

 

Artists and Authors Showcase welcomes Clay County’s own

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

WEST POINT — On Nov. 15, West Point will showcase its own Clay County artists and authors as part of Christmas Open House. The West Point Arts Council is hosting the second annual Artists and Authors Showcase, from noon-4:30 p.m., in the historic McClure Furniture building on the corner of Broad and Commerce Streets downtown.

 

 

Vendors, there’s still time to sign up for Holiday Market

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

Vendors of all things locally grown, made or conjured up still have time to sign up for the Nov. 21 Hitching Lot Holiday Market, Main Street Columbus has announced.

 

 

Musicians sought to resurrect that big band sound

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

Gill Harris freely admits he could talk all day about the big band era.

 

 

Entertaining travel trilogy is topic of FOL Book Talk

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

In a Friends of the Library Book Talk Wednesday at 2 p.m., Dr. Jane Hinton-Stegal will explore the ventures and adventures of native Iowan and journalist Bill Bryson, who spent 20-plus years in Britain before returning to his native land. The free event at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., is open to the public.

 

 

TV stations launch food drive

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

North Mississippians are urged to drop off non-perishable canned goods at any of the 17 Mississippi State University Extension offices for the Food for Families Food Drive presented by WTVA, WLOV and WKDH TV stations. The drive runs through Dec. 16.

 

A father of invention: One man’s tale on becoming an inventor of ‘bizarre and useful devices’

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

Bob Elder — inventor, artist, world traveler, problem-solver — likes to make things. Rarefied, mechanical things; practical, labor-saving things; beautifully artistic things. Give him a challenge, and chances are, the gears will start tumbling. The 76-year-old retired mechanical and design engineer already holds patents for various widely-used components of farm, material-handling and asphalt-laying equipment. And, he’s a deft hand with stained glass and wood-cut art, as well.

 

CD release party has Swing Shift ‘Back 40 Rockin’

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

“People have always been good to us, and we’d kinda like to put on a little party for our friends and fans,” says Swing Shift front man and founder Johnny Coleman. “They’ve been with us a long time.”

 

 

Betty Stone: Veterans’ Day

Posted 11/7/2009 in Columns

When I moved to Columbus from Washington, D.C., I was in Miss Emily Potts’s fifth-grade class at Franklin Academy. In Washington people had teased me about my “southern drawl.” In Mississippi they called me a “d---- yankee.” My defense was to try to talk like whoever was talking to me. (I have even caught myself lisping back at someone who lisped!)

 

 

Adele Elliott: Fear of flying swine

Posted 11/7/2009 in Columns

Once upon a time, when the world was a simpler place, there were only four seasons. In those days, it was easy to understand spring and summer, winter and autumn. The seasons were sort of color-coded and clearly-themed. Back-to-school ads and photographic calendars were always embellished with falling leaves in tones of gold and rust and fiery reds. No matter where you lived, winter meant Currier and Ives-inspired snow scenes.

 

 

Starkville’s Festival of Trees opens with gala Thursday

Posted 11/7/2009 in Columns

The second annual Festival of Trees, benefiting United Way of North Central Mississippi, opens Thursday with a Holiday Party and Auction in the Palmeiro Center on Mississippi State University’s campus. Last year, more than $20,000 was raised during this multi-event festival. For 2009, a new venue, more events, and increased participation promise an even better year.

 

Where does food come from? Preschoolers learn from the ground up

Posted 11/4/2009 in Food

The growing season may have come to a close, but the knowledge gained by a new crop of very young hands-on enthusiasts will hopefully last a lifetime.

 

Anne Freeze: Friends, food and music

Posted 11/4/2009 in Columns

As I emptied my satchel Monday, I wondered how many of my friends attend symposiums (such an educated word) and return with: homemade peppered jerky, individually-packaged cookies from famed Momofuku Restaurant in New York City, a blueberry muffin-shaped kitchen timer, Martha White blueberry muffin mix, harmonicas from the National Peanut Board and the remains of a dark chocolate, grilled jalapeno and salty peanut candy bar? (I could eat another one right now if I had one).

 

Get the holiday spirit at the Handworks Bazaar

Posted 10/31/2009 in Entertainment

If the past three years are anything to judge by, savvy shoppers with an eye to the holidays will be out in force Nov. 7 for the 2009 edition of the Handworks Christmas Bazaar in Starkville.

 

Nobel Laureate in Economics to speak at MSU Nov. 12

Posted 10/31/2009 in Entertainment

The 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics who also was lead author of a report on climate change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize will speak Nov. 12 at Mississippi State University.

 

 

Saturday walk at Propst Park benefits Life Choices Center

Posted 10/31/2009 in Entertainment

The Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center will host its annual Walk for Life fundraiser Nov. 7 at Propst Park in Columbus. This year’s event features a walk/run option.

 

Recycling field trip stops at imagination station

Posted 10/31/2009 in Entertainment

Fourth- and fifth-grade MERIT students from New Hope Elementary School took a field trip Oct. 20 to learn about recycling first hand. After visiting the Lowndes County landfill, Triangle Maintenance and Columbus Scrap Metal, students took in the eye-popping sights at artist Elayne Goodman’s studio and yard, which are filled with whimsical art made with recyclables of every kind.

 

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