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New Year's Eve Block Party looks for record year in '11

Posted 12/25/2010 in Entertainment

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.


FUMC to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' Dec. 18-19

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Contact Helpline: 35 years and counting

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Tickets on sale for spring encore of Pickens Courthouse drama

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

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.


'Spirit' of St. Nick: Craftsmen's Guild carver turns blocks of wood into the jolly old elf

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

"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.


Noted author, painter to attend Starkville book signings

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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.



Plans underway for Williams' 100th birthday

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Festival celebrates First Christmas, 10th year

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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.


Columbus Sings 'Messiah' marks 10th anniversary

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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."



CAFB singer finds new musical home in Girlchoir

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

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.


A Tabernacle Christmas

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

"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.

'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.


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