Bob Damm remembers how it started. He was a fourth-grader, in Quincy, Ill., attending a recital by high school students with his dad. Everybody was playing a different instrument, but it was the snare drum solo that cast the spell.
They may hail from universities that have elevated football rivalry to an art form, but Bob Damm and Ricky Burkhead have been kindred spirits for a long time.
No sooner is the tattered wrapping paper of Christmas Day on its way to the trash bin than plans are underway for New Year's Eve. Presenting sponsor Stark Aerospace and Main Street Columbus hope everyone will be "Having a Ball Downtown" at the third annual New Year's Eve Block Party in Columbus.
Amahl, a young crippled boy, has a vivid imagination and a habit of telling stories. So, when he tells his mother of a star like no other he has ever seen, she doesn't believe him.
For three and a half decades, the staff and volunteers of Contact Helpline have been the collective caring voice at the other end of a 24-hour crisis telephone line. The United Way agency based in Columbus and serving eight counties -- Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Choctaw, Monroe, Noxubee, Webster and Winston -- celebrated with a luncheon Tuesday.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Back by popular demand, and thanks to a cooperative effort between First National Bank of Central Alabama, The Pickens County Courthouse Preservation Foundation and the Pickens County Tourism Association, the theatrical production of "The Face In The Courthouse Window" returns for an encore performance April 14-17, 2011, in Carrollton. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly.
"A piece of wood doesn't stand a chance around our house -- we're either gonna carve it or cook with it," chuckles Mike Bailey.
Writer and PBS television personality Walt Grayson, and Mississippi watercolorist Wyatt Waters, will attend two separate book signings at Book Mart and Cafe at 120 E. Main St. in Starkville Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.
The planning committee for the Tennessee Williams 100th Birthday Celebration in Columbus met Nov. 18 at the Tennessee Williams Home Museum and Welcome Center with the Robinson and Associates Advertising Agency to plan national promotion of celebration events March 24-27, 2011, to honor two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tennessee Williams, born March 26, 1911, in Columbus.
The "glitz and glitter" of decorations, wrapping paper and bows might bring excitement during the holiday season. But if you take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season can be found. That's the invitation First Baptist Church of Columbus is extending to everyone this holiday season.
James O. Allen remembers well 10 years ago when he and his daughter, Elizabeth Swartz, hoped to bring together an area-wide choir and musicians to perform one of the most anticipated sacred traditions of the holidays -- George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."
The notes of the French carol "Come Join the Angels Singing" ebb and swell in the First Methodist Church choir room, bringing the fragrance of the Christmas season. It's a Monday practice for the Columbus Senior Girlchoir as their Dec. 10 Christmas concert approaches.
"We hope to see many come and share a touch of history, in a church that is full of history," said Pastor Wally Armstrong of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, home of the storied Tabernacle Camp Meeting held every summer since 1828.
Sherrie and David Roberts didn't know at first what to do or where to turn. A health problem that began during Sherrie's last pregnancy two years ago had steadily gotten worse, but David's construction job fell victim to a hemorrhaging economy. There was no regular income, and certainly no insurance.
The serenity of a November morning in western Lowndes County inspired artist and amateur photographer Laird Bagnall to capture images with his Nikon D60 camera.
In spite of a brutal summer, fall foliage has managed to produce a colorful palette in the Golden Triangle. Admirers of Lola Atkins' Golden Rain trees on Williamsburg Road in North Columbus are apt to go even so far as to knock on the door and ask for a closer look.
"I love being out there and playing against my personality," said 14-year-old Mikaela Green of "Imogene Herdman," the rough and tough, cigar-totin' character she'll portray in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The family-friendly holiday fare will be presented by the Y Drama Team Dec. 3-4, at 7 p.m., in Joe Cook Auditorium in Columbus.
Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 5 Holiday Home Tour and Tea sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.
What was first conceived as a nurturing outreach ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in East Columbus has grown in recent years into the community-wide HEARTS after school tutoring program for students at risk of falling behind in school.
The Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library recently finished working with two history classes from Mississippi University for Women on their research projects.
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