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Adele Elliott: Death by poverty

Posted 10/31/2009 in Columns

These days it seems that our world is filled with pain. Psychic pain is intangible and private. Who can really understand the agonizing loss of someone dearly loved? American sons and daughters are suffering, bloodily, in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, we do not need to look across the globe to find hearts shattered in ways that will never heal. (Where is Kaila Morris?)

 

 

Roger Truesdale: A festival kind of guy

Posted 10/31/2009 in Columns

This past weekend made six for six Great Delta Bear Affairs in Rolling Fork, a festival held to commemorate President Teddy Roosevelt’s bear hunting trip to the south Delta.

 

 

Halloween weekend events scare up plenty to do

Posted 10/29/2009 in Entertainment

A quick look around the Golden Triangle reveals no shortage of ways for goblins large and small to get into the festive spirit. Check out this sampling of events ranging from costume contests to fall carnivals taking place during the next three days. Keep in mind, inclement weather could affect some outdoor events.

 

Cookie mama: From Care Bears to clone troopers, cookies rule in the Willcutt household

Posted 10/28/2009 in Columns

Grinning jack-o-lanterns, fanciful Frankensteins and dancing skeletons fill the kitchen at Lucy and Macy Willcutt’s house. But the 4- and 7-year-old sisters have nothing to fear. The Cookie Mama has just been hard at play, baking and decorating a fun-filled cast of characters ripe for gobbling up, each as sweet and tasty as the next.

 

Halloween night with MPR at Duff Green Mansion

Posted 10/26/2009 in Entertainment

The public is invited to join MPR at Vickburg’s Duff Green Mansion (1856), the source of many tales of benign paranormal activity. The investigation begins at 4 p.m. and extends beyond midnight.

 

 

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.

 

'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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Finally, autumn

Posted 10/24/2009 in Columns

It seemed that the season would never change. The city tried to hurry summer along by decorating downtown with our traditional fall display of scarecrows resting on bales of hay. I’m sure those straw men were grateful for the floppy fedoras protecting them from the brutal sun.

 

 

Betty Stone: A memory from MSCW

Posted 10/24/2009 in Columns

The recent tribute to Disney artist Josh Meador reminds me of an occasion which I probably ought to recount for posterity, assuming posterity is remotely interested. Change is in the air with the possibility of a new name for Mississippi University for Women, so maybe it is time to tell this bit of history — or her story, as some would say. I am not totally proud of it, however.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

‘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.

 

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.

 

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