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Historic homes do the talking in young authors’ new book

Posted 3/28/2009 in Entertainment

“If these walls could talk ... ” Thanks to Dale Rainey’s class of gifted students at Heritage Academy, some of them can. In “More Houses Talk,” 16 antebellum homes speak from the pages, offering a friendly, first “person” glimpse into the pasts of some of Columbus’ architectural treasures built between 1828 and 1858.

Local gardens are big attractions for Pilgrimage visitors

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

All around Columbus, plump buds peek out from their protective capes, aware they are about to be given their cue. Under Mother Nature’s watch, azaleas, graceful dogwoods and winding wisteria seem to know the time is near to step on stage to the ooh’s and aah’s of an appreciative audience. The show of color is about to begin, just in time for the 69th annual Columbus Pilgrimage.


Speakers announced for Marszalek lecture series

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — A prominent University of Notre Dame historian and a Mississippi State University doctoral candidate will lead the 2009 John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Lecture Series.



International fiesta to showcase cultures March 28

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The Drill Field at Mississippi State University will be the location for a multitude of colorful booths and displays representing more than 70 nations as the university sponsors the 19th annual International Fiesta Saturday, March 28.



Humane Society to benefit from Beta Sigma Phi event

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

A warehouse in East Columbus is filling up with everything from bedding sets to baskets in preparation for an extensive rummage sale to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Five local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi are joining together to help the local animal shelter move a step closer to getting the new facility it desperately needs.



ABWA style show helps local group mark 20th year

Posted 3/20/2009 in Entertainment

Fresh silhouettes and pretty prints will be part of the spring landscape soon as the Columbus Anniversary Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents its 15th annual style show.


Érin go bragh: A Girl Scout patch offers a wee peek into Irish culture

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

“You can’t take your eyes off of a leprechaun ... for if you do, he’ll escape!” Paige Lawes told young, wide-eyed Girl Scouts sitting attentively in their seats. Lawes, however, wasn’t being literal; she was reading from a story, sharing a bit of folklore from the Emerald Isle, where magical tales of faeries, heroes and gods have been passed down for thousands of years.

Ragtime means good times at third annual festival

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Charles Templeton Sr. had a passion for American music, and Chip, his son, grew up with the “same disease.”


Noon Tunes returns to downtown March 26

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

With the coming of spring, Main Street Columbus announces the return of Noon Tunes, the popular live music and lunch series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday March 26 through April 16.


Historical Society prize awarded to local archivist

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona K. Vance is this year’s recipient of the Glover Moore Prize through the Mississippi Historical Society. The Glover Moore Prize, carrying a $300 cash award, is awarded annually to the author of the best master’s thesis on a topic in Mississippi history completed during the previous year.


Nobel Laureate to lecture and read at MSU

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The French novelist who recently received one of the world’s most prestigious honors comes to Mississippi State University later this month for a week of public lectures, meetings with students and book signings, along with a personal immersion in Southern culture.



Golden Triangle walks for MS cure April 4

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease interrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, impeding movement for more than 400,000 Americans. On Saturday, April 4, area walkers are asked to step out for a cure by participating in the 2009 Golden Triangle MS Walk at Propst Park in East Columbus. Registration at the park pavilion begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.



CAC presents Mississippi Symphony Orchestra March 28

Posted 3/14/2009 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council proudly presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, March 28, at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m.


Legendary local bluesman Willie King dies at 66

Posted 3/9/2009 in Entertainment

Willie King, whose love of community rivaled his love of music, died of a massive heart attack on his birthday Sunday, a day after performing at a special concert in Columbus.

Having a ball at the Y

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The cast of the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball skit this year is especially fresh-faced and energetic — which is exactly what one would expect from a lively group of youngsters ages 12 and younger. Sporting swim goggles, flippers or basketballs, 13 girls and boys ages 7-12 will perform their way across the Trotter Convention Center stage at the 59th annual event April 4.

Little Falcons hone rhythm, discipline, commitment

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

All eyes in Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum were on a group of fourth-graders from Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Feb. 28 as the pint-sized dribblers took the court during half-time of the SEC match-up between MSU and Auburn University. Showcasing basketball skills to music, the group of about 38 children brought the crowd to its feet.


Local youth group rallies to help young cancer patient

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The youth group of Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Columbus recently presented more than 57 pounds of aluminum pull tabs from soda cans to Rachel and Charles Maxwell, grandparents of 7-year-old Harrison Maxwell, of the Auburn community near Tupelo, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.



‘Grilling on the River’ gears up for good cookin’

Posted 3/7/2009 in Entertainment

The committee organizing Grilling On The River ’09 is putting the finishing touches on the annual Magnolia State Barbeque Championship and Food Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, along the Columbus Riverwalk at Ruben’s Fish and Steak House. The Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event will benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.


First annual event celebrates the ‘art of gardening’

Posted 2/27/2009 in Entertainment

Gardening as art? Yes, indeed. The profusion of colors, textures and shades can be as inspiring as a painter’s palette, while the process of bringing them to vibrant life on the earth’s canvas may be as painstaking as the artist’s quest to create his finest. And the fulfillment afforded to those who drink in the beauty of a well-loved garden can equal that of viewing a master’s brushstroke.

MUW art students bring home awards

Posted 2/27/2009 in Entertainment

The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition has undergone a lot changes since the 1970s, when Mississippi University for Women would rent a huge truck and faculty members Tom Nawrocki, Larry Feeney and David Frank would personally escort hundreds of pieces of student artwork to the prestigious competition in Jackson.


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