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4-H Shooting Sports program fired up

Posted 2/4/2012 in About Town

Sixty-two youth have already signed up for the Lowndes County 4-H shooting sports program, which began with safety classes Jan. 28. Dozens of children and their parents attended the sign-up event hosted by 4-H Agent Sharon Patrick at 4-H headquarters on Seventh Street North in Columbus Jan. 19. The shooting sports program has consistently been 4-H's most popular program in recent years. Much of its success is attributed to the efforts of long-time instructor Ben Kilgore, who retired last year.



What will they think of next?

Posted 2/4/2012 in Columns

Thumbing through a recent copy of Scientific American, I found a feature about recent innovations that will improve our lives. Some are in limited use today. I thought they were worth sharing in case they are as new to you as they are to me.



Spring fever

Posted 2/4/2012 in Columns

One of the great things about living in the South are the beautiful, unseasonably warm days sprinkled throughout our winters. This year we've already had several spring-like days in the upper 60s, and it's only the beginning of February.



Juried arts contest invites artists, photographers to submit work

Posted 2/4/2012 in About Town

Columbus' 17th annual Market Street Festival may be three months off, but preparations are well underway. The festival and the Columbus Arts Council are partnering again this year to offer the Juried Arts Competition and Exhibit. The contest and show will celebrate some of the best original paintings, drawings, photography and 3D work done by area artists.



Develop that green thumb with Master Gardener course

Posted 2/4/2012 in About Town

If you are looking to get involved and volunteer in the community, the Master Gardener Program may be right for you. The program, which began in Mississippi in 1991, is designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture. It provides educational assistance to any citizen in the area of horticulture through the use of trained volunteers.



Mystery is afoot in February Table Talks

Posted 2/4/2012 in Columns

Sherlock Holmes, Alex Cross, Adam Dalgliesh, Commissario Brunetti, Sam Spade, Perry Mason, Miss Marple, and Lisbeth Salander: February is "mystery month" at the Table Talks sponsored by Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. The Friends launches its latest series on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N.



That Valentine in the mirror

Posted 2/4/2012 in Columns

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. I always become aware of this event in late January, when everything turns red, pink and glittery. Hearts are aflutter all over town with that Someone Special atop every shopping list. All sizes of stuffed animals -- monkeys, bears, frogs -- sit on shelves wondering who will take them home this year. Nearby are boxes of chocolates, bags of heart-shaped candies and anything and everything with a love motif. I am wondering what I will wrap up in pink tissue paper and stuff into a gift bag complete with a message of my affections (the perfectly chosen Hallmark) for my sweetheart.


Columbus girl receives top honors in art competition

Posted 2/4/2012 in Community

Avery Dennison, who is from Columbus, was among Mississippi School of the Arts Visual Arts students who recently received a cumulative total of 85 awards in the Regional Scholastic Art Competition. The contest is hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art. Students from the School of Arts took home three of the five American Vision Awards (for best in show), 19 Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys and 48 Honorable Mentions.


The hunt for Clark Gable

Posted 2/4/2012 in Community

"I could tell right away when I saw the picture that it had a story to tell." History detective Dave Trojan was talking of the photo of Clark Gable with Col. L.C. Mallory he came across while researching 1942 aircraft at the Columbus Army Flying School (now Columbus Air Force Base). "The picture was in with a lot of other photos in a file called '1940s Columbus AFB.'"


Star-struck: When Hollywood went to war and came to Columbus

Posted 2/4/2012 in Community

You might remember Clark Gable for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind," or as one of the great legends of the silver screen, but almost 70 years ago, he was a real American hero, both on screen and off, when he flew real combat missions during World War II.

Mississippi Humanities Council taps local volunteer for award

Posted 2/3/2012 in Community

When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.


Interfaith conversation to bring together local leaders

Posted 2/3/2012 in Community

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.


SOUPer Bowl: Young Professionals to host souped-up fundraiser

Posted 2/1/2012 in Food

No need to wait until Sunday for Super Bowl weekend action to crank up. On Saturday, the Starkville Young Professionals will host their own annual face-off -- with soups. No need to wait until Sunday for Super Bowl weekend action to crank up. On Saturday, the Starkville Young Professionals will host their own annual face-off -- with soups.


Leah Sullivan: Calories in, calories out

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

We all know weight loss really comes down to two things: food and exercise. For me, it's all about calories in, calories out, and getting as much nutrition as possible within those daily calories. This is not a revolutionary idea: It is tried and true, simple and straightforward.



Leah Sullivan: Balance

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

One of the great challenges in life is finding a balance between all of our obligations and responsibilities. We all have a million things pulling us in every direction: Careers, kids, spouses, family, friends, chores, hobbies -- the list goes on and on.



Shannon Bardwell: To bee or not to bee

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

Even though my heart was pure and my intentions were good, we Homo Sapiens have a fine way of trying to control nature and thus creating more problems.


Former Vietnam POW to share experiences at Town and Tower breakfast

Posted 1/29/2012 in Entertainment

Few letters of the alphabet have come to mean more to Retired Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris than GBU. As a prisoner of war in Vietnam for "seven years, 10 months, and some days," hearing -- and sending -- the secret tap code for God bless you through cell walls helped save sanity.

Rufus Ward: The art of history

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

When researching Southern history, it is always interesting to find first-person accounts of earlier times, but it is most fascinating to find early images. It is surprising just how many of those early images are around and how they can relate to the present.


The Brazilian bikini expands to fit the country's plus-size consumers

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tall and tan and young and ... chunky? The Girl From Ipanema has put on a few pounds, and for many sunbathers on Brazil's beaches the country's iconic itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini just doesn't suffice anymore.



David Creel: Fashion runways inspire spring hair styles

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

We don't have to look much further than the spring 2012 fashion runways for the most coveted hair trends of the coming season. The hairdo thermometer is hot, and the mercury is rising. Whether it's your favorite fashion designer's catwalk coiffures or the best runway of all -- yours -- here are the buzz-worthy hair looks raising temperatures internationally and in our neck of the woods.



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