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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
The art program at Caledonia High School will soon have more resources thanks to the Drawing Out Success program run by students of Mississippi University for Women's Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, the beautifully plaintive song of the bagpipe will call the congregation of Columbus' First Presbyterian Church to worship at the "top of the hill" on Bluecutt Road.
The staff at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store, located on Mississippi State University's campus, is encouraging patrons to place orders now for the holidays and to take advantage of products suited to tailgating.
The exuberant beat of an "alligator" drum and plink of marimbas will ring out at Starkville's McKee Park on Lynn Lane Saturday at the grand opening of the first phase of the Pilot Club Music Trail at 10 a.m.
The Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center is "raising the roof" with its second annual New York City Trip Raffle.
Terry Brewer doesn't cry when she discusses her personal battle with breast cancer, but when she begins to talk about her daughter's fight, the tears fall freely.
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