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'We need help': One family's plight shows how United Way agencies make a difference

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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.

Autumn morning: Photos by Laird Bagnall

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

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.

Green thumb leads to Golden Rain, deep friendship

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

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.

Y thespians prep for 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

"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.


Starkville Holiday Home Tour features four residences

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 5 Holiday Home Tour and Tea sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.


HEARTS Holiday Bazaar will benefit after school program

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Local archives works with MUW history students

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

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.



Happy Irby family to lead Columbus parade

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Floating museums: Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships docked at local marina

Posted 11/23/2010 in Entertainment

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.

Marathon mania: Area runners revel in taking on the New York City Marathon

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

"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.


Moser to discuss Nobel Prize winner's work

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Delicate preservation work continues at Lee Home

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Jazz stand-out highlights Criss Christmas concert

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

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.



Toastmasters Club chartered on W campus

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

Mississippi University for Women sophomore Terence Nicholson, a native of West Point, has founded the Stand up-Speak up Toastmasters Club on campus.



Market Street Festival tapped as Top 20 Event by Tourism Society

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

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.



First Egg Ball on game's eve benefits KIDS COUNT

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Painted paradise: Bob Nolan's 'rainforest' is going to the birds

Posted 11/13/2010 in Entertainment

When Bob Nolan asks his current "clients" how they like the paint job he's doing, and gets a chorus of squawks in response, he takes it as a compliment.

Lowndes Library to host second annual Festival of Trees

Posted 11/13/2010 in Entertainment

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library invites all county businesses, organizations, clubs, industries, schools and individuals to participate in the second annual Festival of Trees event.


CAC and GTRA to host gala for NYC raffle

Posted 11/13/2010 in Entertainment

Prepare for the drum roll. The Columbus Arts Council and Golden Triangle Regional Airport will host a gala at the airport Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. to draw for a luxury trip for two to New York City.


A veteran remembered: Retired military dog visits MSU for care

Posted 11/13/2010 in Entertainment

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Lex, a U.S. Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog who lost his handler in Iraq, is getting help facing the challenges of aging with war injuries.


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