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The hunt for Clark Gable

Posted 2/4/2012 in Community

"I could tell right away when I saw the picture that it had a story to tell." History detective Dave Trojan was talking of the photo of Clark Gable with Col. L.C. Mallory he came across while researching 1942 aircraft at the Columbus Army Flying School (now Columbus Air Force Base). "The picture was in with a lot of other photos in a file called '1940s Columbus AFB.'"

 

Star-struck: When Hollywood went to war and came to Columbus

Posted 2/4/2012 in Community

You might remember Clark Gable for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind," or as one of the great legends of the silver screen, but almost 70 years ago, he was a real American hero, both on screen and off, when he flew real combat missions during World War II.

Mississippi Humanities Council taps local volunteer for award

Posted 2/3/2012 in Community

When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.

 

Interfaith conversation to bring together local leaders

Posted 2/3/2012 in Community

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Partial to Home poster signing, music series set for Thursday

Posted 1/28/2012 in Community

jswoope@cdispatch.com Following a flurry of voting by the large crowd at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Jan. 5 for an exhibit of photographs by Birney Imes, four selected images have been reproduced in poster form. "Oakland Baptism," (front view), "The Chickenman's Dog," "James' Mother," and "Couple on Catfish Alley" will be available Thursday for purchase during a "down home" reception hosted by the Columbus Arts Council from 5:30-7 p.m. at 501 Main St. Imes will on hand to sign the collectible 16-by-20-inch reproductions.

MUW Life Enrichment: From baseball to Twitter, the teachers are in

Posted 1/28/2012 in Community

Boston native Dick Mahoney has stories to share. The retired chemical engineer and baseball writer played semi-pro ball. He also managed and played in the Roy Hobbs Adult Baseball League. Along the way, he met greats like Ted Williams, Nolan Ryan and Yogi Berra and gained entrance to the Boston Red Sox's inner circle.

'The Biggest Loser' winner Patrick House visits Armstrong Middle School

Posted 1/26/2012 in Community

STARKVILLE -- He grew up as the "fat kid." He was teased because of his weight. He never envisioned life without being obese. Unfortunately, Patrick House said, he can relate to more than 44 percent of children across the state.

In focus: Starkville Academy students showcase talent at Scholastic Art competition

Posted 1/24/2012 in Community

Before Amber Chamblee started her freshman year at Starkville Academy, she feared the school wouldn't offer the elective she most looked forward to taking. Chamblee, along with freshmen Jamie Anthony and Janiece Pigg, had been learning the ins and outs of photography since they were seventh-graders.

Local musician garners Song of the Year nod

Posted 1/14/2012 in Community

Columbus native Joe Shelton remembers hearing his elders saying, "The older I get, the better I was." "But I never fully appreciated the sentiment until I reached that 'elder' plateau myself," he says, smiling.

Jefferson Davis letter donated to Columbus Library

Posted 1/14/2012 in Community

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has announced the donation of a letter written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to Winfield H. Worthington of Columbus on July 14, 1877.

Carnegie bound: Area singers get a 'chance of a lifetime'

Posted 1/14/2012 in Community

She's tried to imagine it, but 15-year-old Charity Brand isn't quite sure how she is going to feel, standing there on the Carnegie Hall stage.

 

Mississippi soldiers carry on through holidays

Posted 1/8/2012 in Community

Uruzgan, Afghanistan -- While family and friends in the states were sound asleep the day after Christmas, the soldiers of the 288th Sapper Company out of Houston were on mounted patrols. The company was clearing routes to make the roads safer for military and civilian personnel.

 

 

David Creel: Claiming the spotlight with bangs

Posted 1/8/2012 in Community

Begin the New Year with a bang! The surefire best way to flip the switch on your hairstyle is to aim toward one of the season's must-haves bangs.

 

Louisville native Carl Jackson honored with marker

Posted 1/8/2012 in Community

From the time he was 14, playing banjo with Jim and Jesse McReynolds on the Grand Ole Opry stage, Carl Jackson has been turning heads in the music industry.

 

Betty Stone: Random thoughts on being sick

Posted 1/8/2012 in Community

This may be the flu season, but one does not have to have a microbe or a virus to qualify as being sick. Any old ailment that knocks your feet out from under you will do. It can transform a relatively decent person into a growling bear. When it does, it is probably best for the patient just not to speak at all.

 

After carjacking, Columbus fiddler and mom find comfort back home

Posted 12/23/2011 in Community

Just when it's needed most, there's no place like home -- at least for 17-year-old Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith. Two weeks after being carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in Houston, Texas, the Columbus natives are home for Christmas.

Santa's visit: Kris Kringle makes some special stops before his night out

Posted 12/23/2011 in Community

It's no secret St. Nicholas has his hands full this time of year, what with checking lists twice and headlining tonight's worldwide tour. In spite of those hectic demands, there are a few pre-Christmas visits he refuses to miss. They're that important to him.

Owners of historic homes open them for Christmas

Posted 12/17/2011 in Community

Singers croon there's no place like home for the holidays. A person would find few homes for the holidays like the ones open to the public during Saturday's tours organized by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.

 

Local aviation history is topic of Monday book talk

Posted 12/17/2011 in Community

Local businessman and author Stuart Vance will give a book talk on his newest book, "Aviation in the Golden Triangle," Monday, Dec. 19 at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from noon-1 p.m. Vance will also be available to sign copies of his various books.

 

Mississippi's 'brag book' carries CVB message

Posted 12/17/2011 in Community

The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has added "Mississippians" to its growing book offerings available at the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center and Museum at 300 Main St.

 

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