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Still in the building: As Elvis’ 75th birthday nears, Jennifer Brady of Columbus remembers Graceland

Posted 1/2/2010 in Entertainment

While birthday celebrations are about to commence in Memphis, here in Columbus, former Graceland tour guide Jennifer Brady refuses to take down her Christmas decorations ... because Elvis wouldn’t approve.

 

Get ‘All Shook Up’ at the RAC Friday

Posted 1/2/2010 in Entertainment

In honor of Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday Friday, the Columbus Arts Council will host an Elvis open mic in the intimate Omnova Theater.

 

E ’magnifico: Innovation leads to MUW degree in Italy

Posted 1/2/2010 in Entertainment

A new Master of Fine Arts program offered at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, in partnership with Mississippi University for Women, brings to fruition a goal William “Peppy” Biddy and many others have worked toward for several years.

 

Community art project is just a Chip Off the Old Block

Posted 1/2/2010 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council’s second annual Chip Off the Old Block community art project gives everyone the chance to set imaginations free by turning ordinary 5 1/2-by-6-inch blocks of wood into original works of art.

 

Homecoming for the boys in the band

Posted 1/2/2010 in Entertainment

In the midst of heavy touring, the Golden Triangle-based band Come On Go With Us gets to play to a home crowd Wednesday, Jan. 6, with a stop at Rick’s Cafe in Starkville.

Fine fiddling: Home for the holidays, Ruby Jane Smith talks about an amazing couple of years

Posted 12/26/2009 in Entertainment

When you’re 15 years old and your MySpace friends include Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, it’s a good sign you’re leading a rather extraordinary life. For Ruby Jane Smith, however, it all feels quite normal.

An old movie sees new light

Posted 12/26/2009 in Entertainment

When Terry Swindol of Tupelo set out to make a documentary about the 1957 MGM film “Raintree County,” he called on Dr. Van Roberts of Mississippi University for Women to add his expertise.

Gingerbread man: This skateboarding, guitar-picking deacon takes the gingerbread house to a new level

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

Shane Tubbs would be the first to tell you he’s still got a big dose of kid in him. And Shane Tubbs loves Christmas. It’s one of the reasons the irrepressible skateboarding, singing deacon — and can we add actor? — easily sheds any ribbing he gets from the guys for turning into the gingerbread man every December. How did it all get started?

Chrismon tradition: Decorated in white and gold symbols, this tree has a deeper meaning

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

While trees festooned in red and green and hung with shiny Santas and are what most people associate with Christmas, the serenely beautiful Chrismon tree glows with a special and sacred significance in many churches, and even some homes.

SAAC honors Gaston with Award of Excellence

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

The Starkville Area Arts Council’s Award of Excellence in the Arts is bestowed upon the individual, group or organization that has done the most to promote the inculcation of the arts for the cultural, educational, social, ethnic and/or economic vitality within the Starkville area during the preceding year.

 

Hearin Leadership Program hosts conference for high school students

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

Mississippi University for Women’s Hearin Leadership Program will host its ninth annual Hearin High School Leadership Conference on the weekend of Jan. 29, 2010.

 

Historic images fill fundraising calendars

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

President Howard Taft speaks on Main Street Columbus in 1902. Men in fedoras and suits study the rubble of First Columbus National Bank after a devastating fire in March 1919. The 1927 Stephen D. Lee High School state football champions pose on modest wooden bleachers in their dirt-stained uniforms.

 

Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen announces move, needs list

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

The Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen will soon reach a goal it set when it was organized in the summer of 2008 to help feed those in need. The ministry, which has been serving meals on Mondays and Fridays at the Salvation Army at 2219 Main St., will soon be moving into a permanent home — just next door, in the former location of Cash Distributing.

 

So many Santas: The spirit of Father Christmas lives year-round in Fred Kinder’s Santa collection

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

As the days of December advance, thoughts of Santa Claus fill the minds of the young and young-at-heart the world over. Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas — whatever name he’s known by, the beloved figure symbolizes the thoughtful and generous nature of Christmas. He inspires a spirit of goodness that can soften even the grinchiest of us at this time of year.

 

Explore the stars with MUW’s Backyard Astronomy

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Science Enrichment Program at Mississippi University for Women will host two workshops at the beginning of the year titled “Backyard Astronomy,” in which participants will be able to explore the stars.

 

 

Community band launches new concert year

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its seventh year Jan. 11 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.

 

Bes’ birthday boosts Toys for Tots Christmas drive

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Bes Sumrall’s birthday party had all the usual trimmings. Friends to play with, colorful balloons, a special cake and gifts — plenty of gifts. But for this Columbus toddler, there was a twist to turning 2. All the new, brightly-packaged toys brought to this party were not for Bes; they were destined for Toys for Tots and children in need in this community.

 

Blade’s named Wassail-meister

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Blade’s Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.

 

 

Eagle Scouts urged to register for network

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Scouting officials are trying to identify all Eagle Scouts in North Mississippi as part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

 

Treasured tribute

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

Brenda Caradine returned from New York bearing a hat box she handled with great care. Inside, lay a laurel wreaththat almost 27 years earlier, had lain on Tennessee Williams’ body, and later his coffin, on the day of his funeral in 1983.

 

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