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.
More riders in Mississippi State University's therapeutic riding program increases the need for volunteers and horses.
"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.
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.
The Town & Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its recent annual holiday luncheon held at Mississippi University for Women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Unwrap the real "gift" of Christmas by stepping back some 2,000 years into the village of Bethlehem, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15, from 6 to 8 p.m., as First Baptist Church in Columbus presents "First Christmas" at a new location -- Brickerton on Military Road.
The official poster design for the 2014 Cotton District Arts Festival was unveiled Nov. 19 at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.