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Local gardens are big attractions for Pilgrimage visitors

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

All around Columbus, plump buds peek out from their protective capes, aware they are about to be given their cue. Under Mother Nature’s watch, azaleas, graceful dogwoods and winding wisteria seem to know the time is near to step on stage to the ooh’s and aah’s of an appreciative audience. The show of color is about to begin, just in time for the 69th annual Columbus Pilgrimage.


Speakers announced for Marszalek lecture series

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — A prominent University of Notre Dame historian and a Mississippi State University doctoral candidate will lead the 2009 John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Lecture Series.



International fiesta to showcase cultures March 28

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The Drill Field at Mississippi State University will be the location for a multitude of colorful booths and displays representing more than 70 nations as the university sponsors the 19th annual International Fiesta Saturday, March 28.



Humane Society to benefit from Beta Sigma Phi event

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

A warehouse in East Columbus is filling up with everything from bedding sets to baskets in preparation for an extensive rummage sale to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Five local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi are joining together to help the local animal shelter move a step closer to getting the new facility it desperately needs.



ABWA style show helps local group mark 20th year

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

Fresh silhouettes and pretty prints will be part of the spring landscape soon as the Columbus Anniversary Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents its 15th annual style show.



Roger Truesdale: The Delta Music Institute road trip

Posted 3/20/2009 in Columns

A couple of Saturdays ago a singing pal of mine and I took a day trip over through the Delta. The drawing card was a concert to celebrate the start-up of the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at my old alma mater, Delta State University. 



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.


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