As a little girl, Gaines Gaskin twirled in front of mirrors in her hoop skirts and Pilgrimage finery before running lightly down the stairs of her family's antebellum home, Errolton, to welcome visitors. She and her mother, the late Chebie Gaines Bateman, were among dozens of hostesses throughout Columbus sharing some of the South's most beautiful architectural gems -- and interesting stories.
This summer Mississippi University for Women will launch its Master of Science in Global Commerce program, which will be delivered completely online. Its purpose is to prepare graduates to manage global business operations to the benefit and competitive advantage of companies across the region.
Nationally-known historian and family studies expert Stephanie Coontz will play a major role March 20 as part of Mississippi State's Women's History Month Celebration and the Gender Studies Lecture Series.
"Well, hello, it's about time you woke up, girl!" Michelle Cranford calls in a sing-song greeting to Cinderella, a female Bengal tiger lazily waking from a morning bask in the sun. Like the other 10 tigers, six lions, three bobcats, two cougars, two wolves, six horses, seven pot belly pigs, four exotic birds and almost 200 domestic cats who call Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary in Caledonia home, Cinderella has come to understand she is safe and cared for, so she is not startled.
William Furr believes in his work. The Columbus resident often spends his days, and many nights, writing. The most recent result is his fifth self-published book, "Mathematical Proof of Divine Creation and He Leads Me -- I Follow."
The 16th annual Magnolia Film Festival held in Starkville Feb. 21-23 at Hollywood Premier Cinema drew fans of independent films to see 15 entries ranging from comedies to documentaries.
Stephen Cunetto is right at home in the handsomely-appointed Templeton Museum on the fourth floor of Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library. Surrounded by rare, vintage talking machines, music boxes, gramophones and graphophones, he moves easily from instrument to instrument, telling a little about each. Cunetto oversees the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum, one of the finest collections of its kind in the country.
Registration for the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house is under way. School groups are invited to attend the open house on Friday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wise Center in Starkville.
A $500 cash prize awaits the artist who wins Best in Show at the Market Street Festival Juried Arts Competition this spring, but the deadline for entering is fast approaching.
Bruce Hufford is a bird watcher. Not the intrepid hiker type, with binoculars and bird book in hand, but an everyday observer of the remarkable winged creatures that share the planet.
Michael Williams' latest independent film started out as a modest project. But, in keeping with its super hero theme, the characters and story soon grew beyond expectations.
After a career spanning more than three decades as an artist, arts commentator and educator, Mississippi native William "Bill" Dunlap now will help set the bar for students as Mississippi State's first artist-in-residence.
Patron tickets to the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus 2013 Charity Ball will be available Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the Junior Auxiliary Hut at 1000 Park Circle, next to Lee Park.
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