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Celebrating Tennessee: Revered actress brings one of America’s great playwrights to life

Posted 8/22/2009 in Entertainment

There was a time when Thomas Lanier Williams, born March 26, 1911, in Columbus, was simply another curious toddler growing up on College Street. His first years were there with his family in the rectory of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Walter Dakin, was priest.

Take a peek: Three of Columbus’ Victorian era homes open for tour during Tribute

Posted 8/22/2009 in Entertainment

While it’s often Columbus’ antebellum homes at center stage, don’t overlook many of the lovely and classic examples of Victorian architecture to be found here.


City slicker turns country bumpkin, and happily

Posted 8/22/2009 in Entertainment

I have been traveling back and forth from New York, Los Angeles and Columbus for roughly a year. New York is where I’m from; Los Angeles is where I’ve lived and worked as an actress for the last 10 years, and Columbus is where I shot “Butterfly Rising,” the first movie (I’m told) ever to be shot in the birthplace of that talented chap, Tennessee Williams.



Local 'Millionaire' contestant goes for the big bucks tonight

Posted 8/20/2009 in Entertainment

Three weeks ago, Jim Robinson was thrilled to get the phone call he’d been waiting on for nearly a decade. When producers summoned the Columbus resident to New York City as a potential contestant on ABC’s special two-week 10th anniversary edition of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” it was the culmination of a dream.



Teams, supporters urged to rally for Alzheimer’s Walk

Posted 8/15/2009 in Entertainment

Unfortunately, more than 800 residents of Lowndes County have been diagnosed with some stage of Alzheimer’s disease. This very debilitating condition puts extraordinary demands on those afflicted and family members who are often unprepared and overwhelmed by its vicious attack on a loved one’s memory.



National abstinence educator to speak at ‘Boots for Babies’

Posted 8/15/2009 in Entertainment

Seven years ago, Pam Stenzel grew weary of hearing the phrase, “Nobody told me.” After years of counseling young girls who found themselves in crisis pregnancies, the then-director of a crisis pregnancy center in Minnesota began to realize so many were completely unaware of the risks involved with sexual activity — that many had never been told about the consequences of their choices.


Autographed fiddle makes music for MSMS

Posted 8/15/2009 in Entertainment

Dr. Clyde Lindley is a seasoned veteran when it comes to collecting autographs. The director of academic affairs at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been doing it for the past 40 years.

Golden Triangle cyclist discovers America, one mile at a time

Posted 8/15/2009 in Entertainment

Several years ago, Jimmy Richardson’s brother made an astounding suggestion. The two men had completed a cycling trip on the Natchez Trace, and brother Charles floated the idea of traversing America on bikes.

Columbus native returns for exhibit at RAC

Posted 8/8/2009 in Entertainment

Watercolorist Jennie Quinn Szaltis followed her artistic calling from Columbus, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi University for Women, to Pensacola, Fla., where she worked in interior design, her major field of study at the W.

A streetcar named “Desire” tours town, in advance of the Tennessee Williams Tribute’s theatrical production

Posted 8/8/2009 in Entertainment

The days when streetcars rumbled through Columbus’ city streets are long past. Their clanging rail-borne songs had faded away by 1917. But, for a nostalgic moment one recent afternoon, visions of a vintage trolley car reappeared in historic downtown, if only in miniature.


Tennessee Williams Tribute opens ‘Streetcar’ rehearsal to seniors, students

Posted 8/8/2009 in Entertainment

Preparations are well underway for the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes Sept. 7-13 in Columbus.



Treasure Hunters Roadshow in Columbus through Saturday

Posted 8/7/2009 in Entertainment

Bruce Barnett walked into the Wingate Inn Wednesday with a hefty collection of coins and small silver bars that has been sitting idle for years. The Columbus man had come to find out what the Treasure Hunters thought of it.


Come on Down: The Columbus Opry is alive and well

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

“Yeah, Brother Fiddle Player, hey, hey, hey!” Hilton Hammond calls from the audience, clapping her hands as retired Air Force Col. Jim Fain launches into “Orange Blossom Special.” The house band jumps in, and the audience is hooked, even the youngsters playing cards, or hide and seek under the tables.


Maroon Edition volunteer project expands with real ‘Painted House’

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The Maroon Edition First-Year Reading Experience at Mississippi State University is joining with Starkville Habitat for Humanity to add a service learning component to the new program.



Excitement building for StarShine Aug. 7-8

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

Excitement about the Starkville Area Arts Council’s StarShine is building. With a cooking demonstration, local celebrity chef cook-offs, and one of the South’s top chefs, Robert St. John, the event is sure to deliver delicious results.



Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market earns MDA certification

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market was recently certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce as part of the Mississippi Farmers’ Market Certification Program. The MDA launched the program as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers’ markets across the state.


‘Idol’s’ Murray sings at home for Red Cross benefit

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The Golden Triangle was justly proud when its own Jasmine Murray made it into the Top 13 on American Idol’s Season Eight only a few short months ago. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the former Columbus Girlchoir member returns to her roots to join a host of performers lending their talents in support of the American Red Cross Tenn-Tom Chapter.

Hear America roar: Sturgis revs up for rally, music and more

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The big bikes are coming. They will roll into Mississippi from every direction, converging on the town of Sturgis — population 200 plus — Aug. 14-16. Thousands of motorcyclists and enthusiasts will gather at the 13th annual Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally in Oktibbeha County to enjoy national music artists, good food, vendors and fleets of gleaming bikes.


Belly dancing, anyone?

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

There is nothing unusual about the Columbus Arts Council offering classes. But three new August offerings with an unconventional twist arrive soon at the non-profit Rosenzweig Arts Center in the center of historic downtown. Belly Dancing Bootcamp, a Juggling for Dummies workshop and free sketching sessions will take centerstage.



MUW combines programs, names new dean for School of Professional Studies

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

Dr. William “Bill” Mayfield has joined Mississippi University for Women as dean of the School of Professional Studies. This comes as a result of combining the College of Business and Legal Studies and Culinary Arts Institute.



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