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The art of the blade: Local bladesmith takes forge skills from the back porch to national TV

Posted 1/25/2020 in Community

Anticipation ran high at the Cargile house in Lowndes County the night of Jan. 15. Friends and family gathered around the television -- Mitch Cargile was about to make his screen debut. Cargile, 38, was one of four bladesmiths competing in that evening's episode of "Forged in Fire."


SCT brings home major wins from state festival

Posted 1/25/2020 in Community

Starkville Community Theatre's entry in the annual Mississippi Theatre Association festival Jan. 16-19 brought home top honors in categories including Best Production, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.


Lowndes Master Gardeners annual training to begin

Posted 1/25/2020 in Community

Flowering containers and landscaping at Lee Park, the Butterfly Garden at the Columbus Riverwalk, the herb garden at The W's Culinary Arts Institute -- these and other projects around the county are the work of Lowndes County Master Gardeners.


And the survey says ... Internet searches reveal some Super Bowl favs

Posted 1/22/2020 in Food

Neither of Sunday's conference championship games went my way, so at the moment any personal investment in Super Bowl LIV is at low ebb. This brief period of pouting shall pass, however; past experience predicts I'll rally to get interested in at least the chow to be served during the big game Feb. 2. So an email in my inbox about favorite Super Bowl snacks for every state sounded like it could be fun.


Coming in from the cold: Compassion, teamwork drives development of new warming shelter

Posted 1/18/2020 in Community

For most of us, freezing temperatures are usually no more than an inconvenience. But for a man, woman or child without a place to call home -- or with a home, but no heat -- they can become life-threatening.


Resolutions to 'get fit' mean more as we mature -- longer life, less disability can be the pay-off

Posted 1/11/2020 in Community

Driving music could be heard long before this visitor opened a door near the gym at the downtown Columbus Y. Inside the room, volume intensified as a circle of more than 20 women surrounded the dynamo at its center. Participants danced and clapped, making the most of this regular Wednesday morning romp called Move and Groove.


Athlete-turned-mom shares story of life after injury

Posted 1/11/2020 in Community

LeAnn Sanders Shelton lost her left arm in a traumatic lawn mower accident when she was only 4 years old. The McShan, Alabama, resident, now 37, has never let it define who she is.


Doing it better in 2020: So, you want to 'eat better' this year?

Posted 1/8/2020 in Food

Eight days into the new year, resolution-makers everywhere are trying to instill new habits.


Longtime FBC pastor to lead Mississippi Baptist Convention Board

Posted 1/4/2020 in Community

A change is coming to First Baptist Church in Columbus. Longtime pastor Shawn Parker will soon leave the pulpit to take on new responsibilities as executive director-treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.


What do you hope for in 2020?

Posted 1/4/2020 in Community

Promise of a new year lingers in the air, ripe with anticipation.


Countdown to Christmas

Posted 12/21/2019 in Community

In the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, anticipation builds as moments grand and simple fill the calendar.


Horton adds 'spunk and swing' to Christmas with album release

Posted 12/21/2019 in Entertainment

Back in July, when the sun shone high and hot, Jessica Horton was in Studio 115A in Columbus imagining she was singing in a winter wonderland.


Building Christmas: Graham cracker houses -- no baking required

Posted 12/18/2019 in Food

New housing starts in Columbus saw a boost last week when more than two dozen sweet new "structures" got underway. But these miniature houses were more tasty than livable.


Random acts of kindness ... from gallons of gas to warm coats, a random round-up of kindness

Posted 12/14/2019 in Community

Tim Hudson found out that pumping gas can be good for the soul. He made the discovery on the first Saturday in December, when he helped fill the gas tanks of nearly 40 vehicles at Steens Superette. The unpublicized "Random Acts of Kindness" by Piney Grove United Methodist Church in Steens astonished drivers with free gas and spread plenty of Christmas cheer.


A world of Christmas: Friends celebrate their bond with international flair

Posted 12/7/2019 in Community

A customary stillness at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library gave way to some hustle and bustle Monday morning. Christmas was in the air.


White Christmas marks 103rd year at First Methodist

Posted 12/7/2019 in Community

Christmas is a season of tradition, and one of Columbus' longest-standing December traditions began at First United Methodist Church more than a century ago.


Dear Santa ... We asked: What's on your culinary wish list?

Posted 12/4/2019 in Food

Granted, most letters on their way to the North Pole this time of year are penned by youngsters, but that doesn't mean the rest of us aren't tempted from time to time. If the art of cooking and appreciation of good food are among your joys in life, your wish list probably has something on it for the kitchen.


Mr. Fred ... and his absolutely awesome day

Posted 11/30/2019 in Community

When Fred Baker awoke on Nov. 16, he didn't know it would be what he'd later describe as one of the best days of his life.


Experience a 'First Christmas' in interactive Bethlehem village

Posted 11/30/2019 in Entertainment

A phenomenon the Golden Triangle has come to eagerly anticipate each December will soon take shape again in a grassy clearing at Brickerton in Columbus. Structures of wood and "stone" will rise near the intersection of Military Road and Bluecutt Road, a recreation of a first-century Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born.


VegFest: Festival with a focus is planned for Saturday

Posted 11/27/2019 in Food

Celebrity chef Andre Rush and Cindy Ayers Elliott of Foot Print Farms in Jackson are among experts set to share their knowledge at the Healing Springs Farmacy Mississippi Chapter VegFest Saturday, Nov. 30 in Crawford.



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