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.
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.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its seventh year Jan. 11 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.
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 Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.
Scouting officials are trying to identify all Eagle Scouts in North Mississippi as part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.
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.
Near the site of the historic Civil War conflict, Friends of the Battle of Okolona will host a book signing for Dr. Brandon H. Beck’s latest release, “The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie.
A collection of works by local artists will be showcased in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Gallery at 200 Main St. through the month of December.
Michael Feldman brings his popular public radio show to Rent Auditorium in Columbus for a live broadcast Saturday, Dec. 12. This will be Feldman’s first trip to enjoy the Southern hospitality of the Golden Triangle region.
Bright, colorful paper and fancy bows might add to the glitz and glamour associated with the holiday season. But if you were able to take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season could be found.
A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department. Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only four-year forestry degree program in the state.
The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store located on Mississippi State University’s campus offers several ways to help with the gift list, as well as the Christmas feast — with cheese and other holiday specialties.
Autumn’s poetry is seen in its colors, shapes and benevolent shadows in ever-shortening days. Professional photographer Chris Jenkins, of Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Public Affairs, recently captured these images of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Cypress stands at Friendship Cemetery, wooded fields on Officers Lake Road and areas of downtown Columbus offered glimpses of the season’s finale.
Holidays present special situations that are dangerous for pets. Seasonal holiday foods are rich in calories, fat or seasonings. Some treats, such as those that are chocolate or contain it, can seriously damage a pet’s internal system or even cause the pet to die.
The Greater Golden Triangle Advisory Board for First Book, a national organization which provides free books to children in economic need, is accepting applications for book distributions to be given to those residing in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee Counties.
‘Tis the season for song and merriment. The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre will deliver just that with “A Christmas Pudding,” by David Birney, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4. This Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Shaw, Longfellow, St. Luke and others takes place at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Cromwell Theatre on campus.
“As I try to sum up what I’ve seen, smelled, tasted and touched in the past two weeks here in Eburru, words fall short of describing the desperation of the situation here. The livelihoods of all living in this town and surrounding area are perilous, and if conditions do not improve, death is certain for many ... ”
“Don’t tell them you’re a Rebel,” Tommy Walker whispered to his son’s badly-injured dog, Tayson, as they approached the entrance to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
NORTHPORT, Ala. — The streets and shops of historic downtown Northport, Ala., will once again come alive with music, children’s activities and holiday decor at the 20th annual Dickens Downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m.