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.
The Christmas Parade for the City of Columbus is being planned by numerous volunteers, participants and Main Street Columbus. This year's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, and will follow a set route throughout downtown.
Christopher Columbus sailed 25,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World on a 65-foot ship, accompanied by nearly 30 other sailors. With little space, food stored in the gunnels and livestock kept below, sailors slept on deck and got to know each other very well.
"Maybe we're certifiable, I don't know," laughs Bonnie Partridge. The "we" the irrepressible 64-year-old retired dance instructor refers to are the area runners who take on long distance-racing's Mount Everests -- the marathons. Twenty-six miles and 385 yards of challenge.
A Nov. 29 event sponsored by Mississippi State University's Institute for the Humanities will feature a lecture by foreign languages professor Keith Moser on the work of 2008 Nobel Prize winner in literature, J.M.G. Le Clezio.
Proceeds from the annual Lee Home Country Store Bake Sale -- set for Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon -- benefit the home and its local history museum right away. Jessica Shull is taking a longer view of some of the museum's holdings, especially its dresses and uniforms.
Acclaimed jazz trombonist extraordinaire Wycliffe Gordon will be the featured artist Nov. 30 in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium during the Criss Christmas Concert, a performance of Mississippi State's annual Lyceum Series.
Mississippi University for Women sophomore Terence Nicholson, a native of West Point, has founded the Stand up-Speak up Toastmasters Club on campus.
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Southeast Tourism Society has named Columbus' Market Street Festival as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May 2011. This is the 12th consecutive year the festival has received the prestigious honor.
Those who want to make a tradition out of helping the state's children can begin Nov. 26 at the first Mississippi KIDS COUNT Egg Ball.