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David Creel: The little black dress

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

Think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as the minx becomes the young lover. Think Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, especially the pre-Onassis period. Think Jane Wyman descending the stairs of Falcon Crest as the grand dame of 1980s television or your own mother preparing for a country club luncheon with the girls.



Rob Hardy: And they were wonderful teachers

Posted 2/16/2010 in Columns

When we think of the American witch hunts of the 1950s, we are right to remember Joe McCarthy and the un-American pursuit of citizens who didn’t have the right political ideas. There were other sides to the persecutions, however, less famous but still historically significant.



From Carnegie Hall to Columbus, African Children’s Choir spreads a joyful noise

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

They may be small in stature, but their combined voices and joyful spirit soar. The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir brings a “Journey of Hope” to the Golden Triangle Saturday, March 6.



Magnolia Film Festival attracts worldwide films

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

On Feb. 18-20, the Starkville Area Arts Council continues the tradition by showcasing 35 films submitted from as close to home as Columbus, Starkville and West Point — and as far away as Canada, Spain and Italy.



Author returns to Columbus with new novel

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

Joe Lee, a Starkville native and a graduate of Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his new suspense thriller, “The Magnolia Triangle” (Dogwood Press, 2009), at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.


A Victorian Valentine tea party serves up cookies and etiquette

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

“It is the social event of the season ... for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds,” Edwina Williams smiles.


Adele Elliott: Secret loves

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

February is a romantic month, or so they tell us.



Shannon Bardwell: To catch an angler

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Cleaning out some boxes I ran across a yearbook Mississippi College had compiled for incoming freshman. Each student submitted a photograph and a bio.



Betty Stone: Valentine love

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns



David Creel: If I could turn back time

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Beauty is ageless.



Cinderella’s closet is open

Posted 2/14/2010 in About Town

A local philanthropic group, The Cinderella Project of Lowndes County, will be conducting its first annual “Gown a Gal” dress distribution Saturday, Feb. 27, at the former Lia Fashions building on Highway 45 North in Columbu



Local group off to Vancouver as Olympic volunteers

Posted 2/14/2010 in About Town

Fairview Baptist Church associate minister Tommy Gillon and a group of volunteers from Columbus are in the center of the Olympic action in Vancouver.



Caledonia seniors offered scholarship opportunity

Posted 2/14/2010 in About Town

This spring, one graduate of Caledonia High School will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Shelter Insurance Foundation. The award will be sponsored and partially funded by local Shelter agent John Longmire.



David Creel: Saving and beauty can go hand in hand

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

If green is truly the new black, and since everyone from my 71-year-old mama to my 17-year-old niece begins ands ends every conversation talking about saving money, then 2010 could very well be the year for smart shopping. And that’s nothing to blush about.



David Creel: Every day can be a good hair day

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

With hundreds, if not thousands, of hairstylists chiseling, combing and coiffing the locks of ladies from the small town barber shops and beauty parlors to the swankiest of “citified” salons and image studios, I ask myself the same question that lots of first-time clients have asked me. Underwhelmed or downright displeased with their last cut, they sit in a new stylist’s chair and ask: “Why can’t I get a good haircut?”



Rob Hardy: A history of service

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

From Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park,” the English country house plays a role in the imagination as it has in English society and history. It is a role that has changed greatly over the centuries, as has the role of the servants who ran the places.


Music and history meld in Clyde Lindley’s insatiable quest

Posted 2/6/2010 in Entertainment

Clyde Lindley always keeps a spare guitar around, just in case. “You never know who may come along,” he offers with a wry grin, indicating a striking, new red instrument kept handy in his Starkville apartment.

Barefield named 2011 Lowndes Junior Miss

Posted 2/6/2010 in Entertainment

The Lowndes County Junior Miss Program has awarded $3,650 in college scholarships to deserving high school juniors in Lowndes County. In a program at Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Jan. 23 Meredith Barefield, a junior at New Hope High School was chosen as the 2011 Lowndes County Junior Miss, succeeding Rachel Burttram. Meredith was also a scholarship award winner in the Interview, Fitness and Self Expression categories.


‘Man Gone Down’ is focus of Friends’ Book Talk

Posted 2/6/2010 in Entertainment

Columbus native Andrew Colom will review the book “Man Gone Down,” by Michael Thomas, for the Friends of the Library Book Talk Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. The program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N. is free and open to the public.



West Point-Clay Arts Council offers art lovers’ day trip

Posted 2/6/2010 in Entertainment

The West Point-Clay County Arts Council is sponsoring a Gallery Hop and Shop bus trip to Jackson, Thursday, Feb. 18. Stops will include the Mississippi Crafts Center, home of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Renaissance at Colony Park and Southern Breeze Gallery. Other gallery visits planned are B. Liles Studio, Mark Millet Studio and Gallery and View Gallery.



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