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Shannon Bardwell: Portrait of a painter

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

After Katrina, they moved to Columbus to be near their only daughter. They had lost everything after 60 years of marriage, everything except each other.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The World That Never Was

Posted 6/23/2010 in Columns

If we had had a better-trained bomber a few months ago, we would have had a terrorist disaster in New York City when his car bomb exploded. That one didn't go off, but plenty do in many parts of the world. The international terrorist bombers now tend to be religious.

 

 

Bob Raymond: Columbians man the coast

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Several Columbians have been on the coast this past week. Terry and Anne Freeze spent a week eating, napping, sippin' and dippin.' Terry's brother Buck and his wife Millie joined them for supper one evening. They live in Lillian, Ala. Their grandson Zane is in the Coast Guard and has been stationed on a ship in Pensacola, Fla., doing oil-related work.

 

 

David Creel: Going to the chapel

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Well, Beyonce said it best. "If you like it then you should put a ring on it." So, I found myself doing what most "bffs" with innate fashion sensibility do ... helping Ashley find the way through the oftentimes confusing maze of planning a wedding.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Changes

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

June is considered a romantic month. More brides choose this month than any other. I'm not sure why they do. It certainly is not the prettiest, or the most temperate. Maybe it is because school has just ended and recent college grads can begin their new life with a new wife (or husband). It is a month for big changes.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Turfgrass tips

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

While some of you may be singing "Take me out to the ballgame" and cheering on your favorite team, others may be singing 'take me out to the garden' and cheering on your favorite plant. Whatever your choice, this is the time to enjoy them.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: 'I've got this place'

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I've got this place where I like to go to ponder. Some of you might have one, too. It's not so much that we need a special place for pondering; some places are just better suited for it than others. My place is "The Asphalt" -- not necessarily a name that conjures up an image of a tranquil setting conducive for contemplating one's place in the universe.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus, Alabama

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I recently presented a program to the Macon Rotary Club. Afterward I was asked if it was true that Columbus had once been in Alabama. My response was that it never had been located in Alabama, but the people of Columbus did once think that they were.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Mystery Cults of the Ancient World

Posted 6/16/2010 in Columns

You weren't supposed to understand the secrets of the ancient Greek and Roman mystery cults in the times that they flourished, unless you were yourself an initiate.

 

For our four-legged friends: Humane Society's new facility is still the goal

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

A rusty hinge lay on the slanted concrete floor of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Director Karen Johnwick sighs, leans down and picks up the scrap, and shakes her head. "You can only put a Band-Aid on something for so long," she says despondently. "We don't want to spend money here; we want to invest in the new place."

 

Bob Raymond: CAFB group feted at Graham compound

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

Jimmy and Joann Graham hosted a post-Pilgrimage appreciation party at their Sykes Place compound last Thursday evening.

 

 

Betty Stone: A grand's wedding

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

I guess I never anticipated getting to this spot, never thought ahead far enough to imagine one of my grandchildren getting married. I knew they would grow up, of course, that I, too, would get older. I just ignored the fact. Actually, in many ways I still do.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Love for sale

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

They say you can't buy love. For the most part, that is true. There are many examples of love that is "purchased." I'm not talking about the "oldest profession." I'm thinking more of people (both genders) who marry for, or because of, money.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Porch people

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

My first house had a porch, and every house since then has had a porch. My grandma's house had a porch. Porch people begat porch people.

 

 

David Creel: A kitchen beautician: Then and now

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

"Close your eyes, bend over, and let me know if the water's too hot." Before your imagination runs away with you, allow me to interpret those words.

 

 

Rob Hardy; Measureless Peril

Posted 6/8/2010 in Columns

South Pacific is a musical set in the naval war in the Pacific during World War II. There were no musicals about the naval war in the Atlantic. Richard Snow, in his book, "A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II" (Scribner), points out the difference.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ghost stories

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

My house is filled with noises. "Things ... go bump in the night" ... and the day. Most of the time, we know it is only squirrels in the attic. They clatter through the walls and rattle around the spaces next to fireplaces.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Blessed are the PO-lice

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

These are some top "cop" stories from when I was the liaison between a charity organization and law enforcement, a little peek behind closed doors.

 

 

David Creel: Gathering and gossiping from Mary Kay to the morgue

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

Women gather. Well, that's what my daddy always said and still to this day can be heard mumbling, "Humph, women gather and just gossip 'bout nuthin'."

 

Rufus Ward: Columbus and D-Day

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

Today marks the 66th anniversary of D-Day and it brings to mind the role that people from our area played in World War II. Though World War II seems like old history now, I grew up surrounded by relatives to whom it was very real.

 

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