LIFESTYLES

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Still Cookin': Lorene Thrasher, 94, looks back on hard work, home cooking, love and laughter

Posted 8/10/2011 in Food

Mary Lorene Thrasher was born 94 years ago in a small sawmill camp across the Alabama line. She didn't have to venture far to find a full life. She's lived the past 65 years in the New Hope community, within a few miles' distance of where she was raised, where she milked cows twice a day, pulled potatoes and learned to make corn husk mops.

 

Smithville gets gift of Extension Service computers

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

Mississippi State University Extension Service donated 40 refurbished computers to the Monroe County School District for schools in Smithville, a small town recovering from a devastating tornado.

 

 

David Creel: Ten beauty commandments for summer

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Well, they didn't come down from the mountain, and I'm not Moses, but here they are, 10 beauty "commandments" for wrapping up the summer.

 

 

Survey shows decline of religious words

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

In the decade that Mississippi State classics professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. has released his survey of ugliest and most beautiful words, he has noticed a trend -- fewer religious words.

 

 

Community invited to participate in MUW Move-In Day Aug. 13

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

Faculty and staff at Mississippi University for Women will lend a helping hand to students moving into the residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at noon. The public also is invited to participate.

 

 

Betty Stone: Live theater

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Several years ago someone who ought to know informed me that nowhere in Mississippi did anyone live more than one hour's drive from some kind of live theater. That information surprised me somewhat.

 

Jazz, blues, R&B concert will benefit CONTACT

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

CONTACT Helpline is singing a new tune. After traditional fundraisers including Brunswick stews and fish fries, the non-profit agency is adding music to the mix as it asks communities it serves to support the 24-hour crisis and reassurance helpline.

 

Adele Elliott: The hunt

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Humans always seem to be "hunting" for something. I don't mean just the literal hunt for game. Southerners may "hunt" for our lost keys, or a great parking spot or a new job.

 

The collecting life: A glimpse into the life and times of collector Roger Busby

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

Upon first meeting Roger Busby, one might not guess he's a whiz at technology, a diehard sports fanatic, or once was really into medieval culture. And you certainly wouldn't realize he's a card-carrying Trekkie. But one stroll through his Columbus home, and you know he has led an interesting life. Everywhere the eye falls offers a clue.

MUW professor, students spend summer conducting cystic fibrosis research

Posted 8/6/2011 in Community

This summer, a few Mississippi University for Women students worked alongside their professor conducting research with hopes of finding a better treatment for cystic fibrosis.

 

Rob Hardy: 'Aaaaw to Zzzzzd'

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columns

My guess is that you have already heard birds singing sometime today. I am not a birdwatcher, but you don't have to be one to notice that birds fit in all around us, and there are few environments, urban or rural, that are not enlivened by birdsong.

 

 

Sturgis bike rally may ride again

Posted 8/5/2011 in Community

STURGIS -- There's still hope for the Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally. A day after announcing the rally scheduled for Oct. 7-9 had been cancelled due to a budget shortfall, Sturgis South Rally Board President Donny Hanson turned his attention Friday to fundraising.

 

Tasty training: Teachers learn cutting-edge skills with ProStart Institute at MUW

Posted 8/3/2011 in Food

Teachers were, so to speak, on the other side of the desk Friday, as a week of culinary training came to an exciting conclusion at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Adele Elliott: Raising my voice

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columns

The last few weeks have been a sort of crash course in local politics for me. I have always considered myself apolitical. In New Orleans I thought I was middle-of-the-road when it came to politics. But, here in Columbus, I seem to be the poster girl for liberals.

 

Don't Forget: A tornado's aftermath is captured in award-winning film by former Columbian

Posted 8/3/2011 in Community

Growing up in Columbus, Xavier Burgin, like most little boys, loved comic books, fantasy and going to the movies. Mythical tales and superheroes left vivid impressions on a fertile imagination. But even Xavier didn't realize then how deep those impressions went.

 

Rob Hardy: The life of Evel Knievel

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columns

Everybody knew who Evel Knievel was in his heyday. He made a living doing dangerous things, and had a knack for making them into spectacles that the whole world paid attention to.

 

Ruck March to Remember: 2,181-mile walk pays homage to 9-11 victims

Posted 7/28/2011 in Community

Ten years have passed, but Maj. Joseph Ringer of Columbus Air Force Base remembers the day as if it was yesterday. He was on a bus in Texas with his fellow airmen, headed to the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Not your mama's grits: Southern staple stars in upscale recipes

Posted 7/27/2011 in Food

Grits. No, we don't mean Girls Raised In the South (though I'm certainly proud to be one), or the Christian hip-hop artist GRITS, the Liberal Party of Canada, known as GRITS, or even Kid Rock's first album, "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast."

 

Shannon Bardwell: Critter removal services

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columns

After confessing to capturing some 50-odd raccoons and possums, a nice lady approached me about helping her rid her place of nuisance critters. She kindly offered to pay. While extremely flattered, I had to decline her request, as this gets you into a whole new ballgame, when you start charging to trap critters.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Red Summer

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columns

We have had the occasional flare-up of mass racial violence in the past few decades. We have had nothing like the summer of 1919, when there were riots and lynchings in many large American cities, and countless episodes of violence in smaller ones.

 

 

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