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Celebrate 2014 with free trees from the Arbor Day Foundation

Posted 1/4/2014 in Community

Residents of Mississippi can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.


Warbleland: Painter, musician, thinker -- welcome to the world of Alex Warble

Posted 12/31/2013 in Community

Don't make the mistake of trying to pigeonhole Alex Warble's art. He'll surprise you. Just when you think he's best known for his "people party" paintings of repeating "Elvi," pimps or quirky everyday characters, one discovers his surrealistic pet portraits.

After a quarter century at Fairview's organ, Myra McAdams retires today

Posted 12/28/2013 in Community

This is a day of mixed emotions for Myra McAdams. Fairview Baptist Church's organist is retiring after more than 25 years of Sunday morning and evening services, Wednesday night choir rehearsals, Christmas, Easter and patriotic presentations, nursing home programs, weddings, funerals and hours upon hours of disciplined practice.


Military brief: Bryant graduates

Posted 12/28/2013 in Community



Military brief: Hairston graduates

Posted 12/28/2013 in Community


MSU therapeutic riding program expands

Posted 12/28/2013 in Community

More riders in Mississippi State University's therapeutic riding program increases the need for volunteers and horses.

Of Christmas and second chances: Fayette's 'Christmas at the Park' is about much more than lights

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community

"Columbus, Mobile, Amory, Caledonia, Huntsville, Starkville ... " Doris Brasher read down the list in a small, spiral notebook she keeps in the gingerbread house that serves as a welcome station for Christmas at the Park in Fayette, Ala. "There's Wyoming, Alaska, Germany and Beijing, China," she went on. Doris and her husband, John, like to know where visitors to the annual Christmas display come from.

St. Paul's presents Lessons and Carols tonight

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community

December is a busy musical month, and the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Columbus will add to the season with a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols this evening.

Town & Tower Club presents service awards

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community

The Town & Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its recent annual holiday luncheon held at Mississippi University for Women.


Community Calendar for the week of December 22, 2013

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community



Out and About for the week of December 22, 2013

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community

The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest. Be aware that some venues add facility/convenience charges to ticket prices.


AKA project reaches children in underrepresented groups

Posted 12/21/2013 in Community

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. collected gift cards for school-aged children of incarcerated parents and school-aged children of active duty military parents at the organization's annual state meeting held this month.

A home for the holidays: Habitat for Humanity makes a dream come true, just in time for Christmas

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

The old, sentimental Christmas standards about home have never had more meaning for Tiffany and Terry Boykin of Columbus. Perry Como's "Home for the Holidays" and Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" seem to carry a deeper message this time around. On Christmas morning, the Boykin family will wake up in a new house, one they have worked hard on, alongside Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

Teachers: Students' Design an Ad contest extended to Dec. 20

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

All area students are invited to become designers in The Dispatch's second annual Design an Ad contest. The deadline for entries, originally set for Dec. 13, has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20.

Columbus church prepares to launch fine arts academy

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Have you hoped to one day learn how to play woodwinds or to paint a sunset? To hone skills on the drums or improve vocal performance? For those who value the joy and exhilaration that comes from an involvement with the arts, the new Fairview Baptist Church Fine Arts Academy (FAFA) launching in January in Columbus can be a valuable resource.

Join the adventure as MUW studies abroad in Ireland

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Two Mississippi University for Women faculty members will lead a group of students to spend a month traveling and studying in Ireland in the summer of 2014. Based primarily in Dublin and Galway, students will take two three-credit courses for academic credit in history and English while exploring the country.

Columbus educator is among inductees to Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers

Posted 12/14/2013 in Community

Well-known teacher and musician Dawn Barham of Columbus was among four K-12 educators honored for their service Dec. 5 at the annual Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremony held at Mississippi University for Women.

A very special Christmas: Area mass choir to perform with Grammy-winning tenor (and it all began with a spot of channel surfing)

Posted 12/7/2013 in Community

A few years ago, Doug Browning was casually flipping through channels and came across David Phelps. "I hear this voice, and I just back up and watch. I was riveted in my living room!" said the Columbus First United Methodist Church music director. Although no one could have foreseen it then, Browning's discovery planted the seed that will bring the Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist to the Golden Triangle Dec. 21 at Rent Auditorium.


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