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Howlin' Wolf Blues Fest to host multiple award-winners

Posted 8/27/2011 in Community

Blues festival fans are an intrepid bunch, used to putting up with muggy temperatures, dust or mud to get their live fix. But the annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival every Labor Day weekend in West Point offers a welcome break.

 

Community Counseling's new shops in West Point: Retail with real purpose

Posted 8/27/2011 in Community

When Elizabeth Schaffenburg unlocks the doors of The Shops at Community Commons in West Point each morning, she knows the day is going to be about much more than selling an antique armoire or a gently-read copy of a New York Times best-seller.

 

Adele Elliott: The write stuff

Posted 8/27/2011 in Columns

Once upon a time we all learned penmanship. Grammar school children had big tablets with solid and dotted lines. We were taught to stretch our capital letters between the straight lines, and hit the dotted ones with the tops of small letters. It all looked like rows of boxes, some open and others closed.

 

Plenty of roastin' and boastin' to go around at barbecue fest today

Posted 8/27/2011 in Entertainment

Give Billy Sims a hot grill, a fine piece of meat and a barbecue contest, and he's rarin' to go. Today he and the rest of the River Rat Pig Porkers join dozens of other competitive teams at the annual Roast n' Boast, the Mississippi state barbecue cooking contest at Columbus Fairgrounds that will benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

Cruisers rev up for Saturday's 20th anniversary car show

Posted 8/26/2011 in Community

The roadsters, hot rods, muscle cars and Model A's will all strut their stuff at the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam Saturday in Columbus.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Neighbors' bounty

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columns

On a regular basis I find fresh brown eggs waiting for me at the end of the driveway. Two egg crates will be balanced precariously on the gate posts. The eggs are gifts from the Wiygul's chickens, and fine eggs they are.

 

 

Author's letter is focal point in 'The Help' suit

Posted 8/23/2011 in Entertainment

A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.

 

 

Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

David Creel: Birthday? Bring it on

Posted 8/21/2011 in Community

With my 40th birthday quickly approaching, I have been staring in mirrors a lot longer lately. The face I had in my 20s and 30s is vaguely recognizable amidst the strangers that have moved in around my eyes, forehead and mouth.

 

 

Betty Stone: Ode to Chilton County peaches

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

O, Chilton County peaches! Those Chilton County peaches! Just think how very much they give us pleasure; Under umbrella or shed,

 

 

Adele Elliott: Full moon madness

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

A beautiful moon hung low over us this week. She waxed into her fullness early in the week, exploding into a fat, illuminated orb. Perhaps she was rehearsing for her harvest persona, the fiery sphere that truly reflects her counterpart, the sun.

 

 

Mississippi Hills planning meeting comes to Columbus

Posted 8/21/2011 in Community

TUPELO -- Two regional meetings are being held in August to gather input for the federally-mandated Management Plan for the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA).

 

 

Fine arts and fun flourish at Prairie Arts

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the South's most talented artists, and 2011 will be no exception, pledged Martha Allen, executive director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance. More than 35 fine arts applications have been accepted, and additional entries are expected for the Sept. 3 event.

 

 

Founding member endows Starkville-MSU Symphony

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

As the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony tunes up for its 43rd season, the association will benefit from the financial contribution of a founding member.

 

'The Night of the Iguana' opens six-day Tennessee Williams Tribute

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

In the respite before rehearsal Tuesday evening, cast and crew arrive, one by one. In shorts, jeans and sandals, they stroll into Whitfield Hall, exchanging hellos, adrenaline banked. The setting sun outside infuses Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium with a dusky light.

Rufus Ward: Josh Meador and the 'Forbidden Planet'

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

Last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people) celebrated the innovative special effects and technology of the 1956 movie, "Forbidden Planet." In the MGM science-fiction classic, a space crew from Earth lands on a distant planet searching for survivors of a space ship that had landed there 20 years earlier. What they found were two survivors, a robot and a strange freighting Id monster.

Columbus dentist enjoys role as extra in 'The Help'

Posted 8/20/2011 in Community

Dr. John Fields isn't heading to Hollywood just yet, but he had such a ball as an extra in "The Help," he might have to give it some thought.

 

Roger Truesdale: Voting in earlier times

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columns

Like most of you, I voted a week or so ago. To be honest, I almost didn't. I got home Tuesday mid-afternoon and settled in to the comfort of the air conditioner. Suddenly, that "forgotten to do something" alarm started beeping like a smoke detector in need of a new battery. I tried to ignore it.

 

Love the spud: Friday is National Potato Day. Have you had your tater this week?

Posted 8/17/2011 in Food

You may not know the world's largest potato chip -- 23 inches by 14 1/2 inches -- was produced by the Pringles Co. in Jackson, Tenn., in 1990. Or that a potato was the first food to be grown in space. But we all know potatoes are nutritious and inexpensive, and so versatile they could be used in a different way every day of the year.

People helping people: Elementary schools take mission of volunteerism global

Posted 8/16/2011 in Community

Kathy Cadden has made helping others the focus of her life, but Monday, when she found herself in a bit of need, she knew exactly where to go -- Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School.

 

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