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Pearl Harbor survivor's family helps battleship commemorate 70th anniversary of fateful day

Posted 12/5/2011 in Community

"There are only a few events in our history that all Americans remember with vivid clarity," said Shea McLean, curator of the USS Alabama, anchored permanently in Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala.

 

Tabernacle's 'Christmas Memories' set for Dec. 10-11

Posted 12/5/2011 in Community

There is something sweet to be savored in Christmas memories of old. Life was simpler and commercialism far less rampant.

 

Bazaar vendors expect big sales

Posted 11/30/2011 in Community

STARKVILLE -- Shoppers, keep swiping cards and passing bills. Following positive retail reports on Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving weekend, area vendors are hopeful the trend will continue during the 39th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar today and Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Items in '12 Days of Christmas' now top $100K

Posted 11/28/2011 in Community

The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time.

 

The Y rings in the season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Posted 11/26/2011 in Community

'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.

 

 

Radiothon to benefit children of Haiti

Posted 11/26/2011 in Community

Most of us take peanut butter for granted, but did you know one jar can provide the protein a Haitian child needs for an entire month?

 

 

Final plans underway for First Baptist's 'First Christmas'

Posted 11/26/2011 in Community

The thud of a carpenter's hammer and whir of the potter's wheel will meld with other sights, sounds and smells of a re-created Bethlehem village Dec. 2-4, when First Baptist Church in Columbus presents its annual First Christmas each evening from 6-8 p.m.

 

Gutter Busters: This bowling league scores big, in more ways than one

Posted 11/26/2011 in Community

Penny Burchfield walks to the line and sizes up her task, undistracted by the low, rumbling symphony of bowling balls and staccato knock of falling pins all around her. Cheers and high fives break out from a nearby lane, and when Penny bowls a spare, she gets them, too.

Ring in the season: For some Salvation Army bell ringers, it's all in the family

Posted 11/19/2011 in Community

On Thanksgiving morning 2010, Max, Cameron and Carrington Davis woke up with something a bit different on their minds than most children. They looked forward to the holiday with family, of course, but there was something else.

 

New microfilm machine enhances library services

Posted 11/19/2011 in Community

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library can now offer its patrons a new microfilm machine that boasts modern conveniences. The Canon Microfilm Scanner 300 II is connected to a computer that allows users to scan documents from the microfilm machine onto the desktop PC and either save the images to a flash drive or email them to another computer at no cost to the researcher.

 

 

Area artists included in Mississippi Invitational exhibit

Posted 11/19/2011 in Community

Three area artists are among the 13 selected by The Mississippi Museum of Art for inclusion in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational biennial exhibition now open.

 

 

Library invites community to decorate trees

Posted 11/18/2011 in Community

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System invites clubs, businesses, organizations and individuals to decorate a tree for the Columbus Library Annual Festival of Trees. The trees will be seen by hundreds of library visitors during the month of December.

 

 

'Strings for Food' offers guitar services for food bank donations

Posted 11/18/2011 in Community

With the help of a philanthropic Golden Triangle, a Strings for Food drive hosted by Backstage Music in Starkville Saturday hopes to collect more than 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to boost area food banks for the holidays. And, in this case, giving back may never have sounded so good.

 

 

Egg Ball serves up fun, child assistance

Posted 11/13/2011 in Community

A variety of auction items will be available for purchase Nov. 25 during the second Mississippi KIDS COUNT Egg Ball at Mississippi State's Hunter Henry Center. Based at the university, Mississippi KIDS COUNT is the leading resource for comprehensive research and information on the state's children.

 

'A Mayberry Christmas:' Y Drama Team brings beloved characters back, times two

Posted 11/12/2011 in Community

It's Christmas Eve in idyllic Mayberry, but old Ben Weaver is feeling like Scrooge. The fictional shop owner is determined that Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife must lock up Sam Muggins for transgressions Weaver takes exception to. Andy, on the other hand, thinks a little human kindness is in order on this special night. What ensues -- enacted by the YMCA Drama Team Nov. 18-19 at Rent Auditorium in Columbus -- is a heartwarming prelude to the season.

In his latest book, historian explores battles and bravery that shaped the Civil War

Posted 11/12/2011 in Community

"You can draw military maps and say this happened here and that happened there, and the result is 'this' -- but that doesn't tell us what it was like to march 40 miles a day in the dead of winter," Dr. Brandon Beck said thoughtfully. "It doesn't tell us about the pain, the privation, hardship, the worry and agony," he continued, his words coming measured and distinct, as if a picture of the past is vivid in the author's mind.

Veterans remembered with parade, ceremony

Posted 11/12/2011 in Community

"We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved ..." So says the enduring poem, "In Flanders Fields," penned by Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McRae in 1915 to honor the death of a friend and encourage people to never forget the human cost of battle. A few years later, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Germany signed the Armistice and World War I -- the "war to end all wars" -- drew to a close. But the wars did not end.

New Hope senior headed to Miss Mississippi Teen

Posted 10/30/2011 in Community

On the weekend of Nov. 3-5, young ladies from all across the state will vie for the title of Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2012 in Tunica. One of them will be 17-year-old Amber Leigh Cheezum, a senior at New Hope High School in Lowndes County.

 

Gardening expert to speak Friday

Posted 10/30/2011 in Community

Best-selling garden book author Bobby J. Ward will be speaking at Mississippi State University on Nov. 4. Ward will speak at Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall on MSU's campus in Starkville from 10 until 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Kempker named MUW humanities teacher of the year

Posted 10/30/2011 in Community

Mississippi University for Women is celebrating Dr. Erin Kempker, assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Geography, as its Humanities Teacher Award recipient for the academic school year.

 

 

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