"Get down, Gabby," Mary Jane Coign gently admonished an exuberant mixed breed dog greeting visitors to the farm. The retired Mississippi State University research chemist was dressed for the field in sturdy khakis, work shoes, straw hat and bug spray. It was time to go check on the cows and calves. "Just don't move too fast, or they'll probably scatter," she cautioned with a smile.
There is a special place children who are battling -- or have battled -- a diagnosis of cancer can go. A place where they are not "different," not "the sick kid." A place where memories of hospitals and treatments recede and life is just about summertime, camp and all that goes with it -- swimming, fishing, campfires, scavenger hunts, crafts, archery, canoeing, spirit sticks and new friends.
Kenny Gardner has been singing since he was 3 years old, spreading the gospel with his dad, Bro. James Gardner. He's even recorded a few albums along the way. But for the past 12 years, as he founded and pastored Columbus Christian Center, the idea of going back into the studio simmered on a back burner. Until now.
Personal touches in a wedding can take the ceremony from textbook to storybook, and they may even save the new couple some money.
The old photograph was folded and worn, its edges fading, like the 16 faces looking out from its sepia surface. Donna Pannell Bain remembers the day she found it, tucked among forgotten newspapers and pictures her great-aunt Sadie Robinson had stored away before her death in 1998.
If there's one thing the Deep South appreciates it's good food. So the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market are teaming up to present a series of insightful talks on the topic each Wednesday in June for Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books.