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Adele Elliott: Take me to your readers

Posted 3/20/2009 in Columns

There was a time when almost every science fiction film featured a scene where the spacemen landed and said, “Take me to your leader.”


Girl Scout cookies take on new starring role

Posted 3/18/2009 in Food

In an innovative blending of tastes — and a sterling example of non-profit and commercial collaboration — popular Girl Scout cookie flavors inspired three new Jubilations cheesecakes this month and are featured on Harveys’ dessert menus in Columbus, Starkville and Tupelo.

Érin go bragh: A Girl Scout patch offers a wee peek into Irish culture

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

“You can’t take your eyes off of a leprechaun ... for if you do, he’ll escape!” Paige Lawes told young, wide-eyed Girl Scouts sitting attentively in their seats. Lawes, however, wasn’t being literal; she was reading from a story, sharing a bit of folklore from the Emerald Isle, where magical tales of faeries, heroes and gods have been passed down for thousands of years.

Ragtime means good times at third annual festival

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Charles Templeton Sr. had a passion for American music, and Chip, his son, grew up with the “same disease.”


Noon Tunes returns to downtown March 26

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

With the coming of spring, Main Street Columbus announces the return of Noon Tunes, the popular live music and lunch series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday March 26 through April 16.


Historical Society prize awarded to local archivist

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona K. Vance is this year’s recipient of the Glover Moore Prize through the Mississippi Historical Society. The Glover Moore Prize, carrying a $300 cash award, is awarded annually to the author of the best master’s thesis on a topic in Mississippi history completed during the previous year.


Nobel Laureate to lecture and read at MSU

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The French novelist who recently received one of the world’s most prestigious honors comes to Mississippi State University later this month for a week of public lectures, meetings with students and book signings, along with a personal immersion in Southern culture.



Golden Triangle walks for MS cure April 4

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease interrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, impeding movement for more than 400,000 Americans. On Saturday, April 4, area walkers are asked to step out for a cure by participating in the 2009 Golden Triangle MS Walk at Propst Park in East Columbus. Registration at the park pavilion begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.



CAC presents Mississippi Symphony Orchestra March 28

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council proudly presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, March 28, at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m.



Adele Elliott: Ides of March

Posted 3/14/2009 in Columns

Mother Nature seems to be playing some April Fool’s pranks on Columbus. The gags are all the more unexpected, since this is still only mid-March.



Betty Stone: A little bit of learning

Posted 3/14/2009 in Columns

Since my last column I have had a birthday. It wasn’t one of the big ones; I’ll probably have to have someone come to hold my hand for that. Nevertheless, it was big enough to make me reflect on what I’ve learned in these many years — or, if I have managed to learn anything.


Renovating recipes: A little nutritional creativity can put pizzazz in diabetic diets

Posted 3/11/2009 in Food

Where is it written that diabetic diets must be bland and limiting? With resources and products available these days, those living with diabetes — almost 350,000 in this state alone, according to The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi — shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor.


If you don’t know your grattons from your gravenche

Posted 3/11/2009 in Columns

I was asked a question the other day, sort of as one foodie to another. The question was, “Do you know what a ‘finishing oil’ is?” The questioner had heard a TV chef use this term. The chef was plattering a steak and told the viewers she was going to put a little finishing oil on top.


Legendary local bluesman Willie King dies at 66

Posted 3/9/2009 in Entertainment

Willie King, whose love of community rivaled his love of music, died of a massive heart attack on his birthday Sunday, a day after performing at a special concert in Columbus.

Having a ball at the Y

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The cast of the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball skit this year is especially fresh-faced and energetic — which is exactly what one would expect from a lively group of youngsters ages 12 and younger. Sporting swim goggles, flippers or basketballs, 13 girls and boys ages 7-12 will perform their way across the Trotter Convention Center stage at the 59th annual event April 4.

Little Falcons hone rhythm, discipline, commitment

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

All eyes in Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum were on a group of fourth-graders from Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Feb. 28 as the pint-sized dribblers took the court during half-time of the SEC match-up between MSU and Auburn University. Showcasing basketball skills to music, the group of about 38 children brought the crowd to its feet.


Local youth group rallies to help young cancer patient

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The youth group of Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Columbus recently presented more than 57 pounds of aluminum pull tabs from soda cans to Rachel and Charles Maxwell, grandparents of 7-year-old Harrison Maxwell, of the Auburn community near Tupelo, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.



‘Grilling on the River’ gears up for good cookin’

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The committee organizing Grilling On The River ’09 is putting the finishing touches on the annual Magnolia State Barbeque Championship and Food Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, along the Columbus Riverwalk at Ruben’s Fish and Steak House. The Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event will benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.



Adele Elliott: Goodbye to the Queen of the Universe

Posted 3/7/2009 in Columns

Chris and I have embraced our adopted home of Columbus. We have wonderful friends, are avid volunteers, and have immersed ourselves in all the wonderful cultural events that our new home city and state have to offer. Still, people often ask if we miss New Orleans. Some days, that answer is easier than on other days.


First annual event celebrates the ‘art of gardening’

Posted 2/27/2009 in Entertainment

Gardening as art? Yes, indeed. The profusion of colors, textures and shades can be as inspiring as a painter’s palette, while the process of bringing them to vibrant life on the earth’s canvas may be as painstaking as the artist’s quest to create his finest. And the fulfillment afforded to those who drink in the beauty of a well-loved garden can equal that of viewing a master’s brushstroke.


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