It is just possible that had the Rev. Tolbert Fanning's buggy not broken down in Columbus in 1839, history would have taken a different course.
There are pageants -- and then, there are pageants.
Louise Campbell turned the key, one of several on a keychain, then felt for the small catch mechanism that would open the glass entrance doors. "Now, where is that thing?" she asked of no one in particular. Once inside, there were light switches to locate, to bathe the artwork in the brand new gallery with subtle illumination.
What building in downtown Columbus used to house the Mother Goose Candy Co. and was the very first to have a second-floor apartment? Which one served, in the 1920s, as Gunter Brothers Funeral Parlor? What unlikely space was once a Ford auto dealership? Answers to those history-teasers and others can be unearthed during the Downtown Historic Walk Oct. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mississippi University for Women emeritus professor Thomas Nawrocki may be retired, but he has remained active entering his artwork into various competitions.
They hide in plain sight while they practice. Inside an unused warehouse in East Columbus they skate around and around, two times a week, 365 days a year. They call it "The Bat Cave" to keep its location secret from the public. This is a pictorial of the Mississippi Brawl Stars, the roller derby team of Columbus.
Meredith McClanahan Fraser remembers the dress in the 35-year-old photograph as though it were yesterday. It was the color of peaches, and an 11th-hour find. Fraser was flipping through a 1979 annual at Heritage Academy Wednesday, alongside her daughter, 1999 graduate Elizabeth Yates and 4-year-old grandson Bayn Yates, who attends junior-kindergarten.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Lowndes County -- walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, and community leaders -- to lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2015 event.