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Full circle: Artist, radio host renews an early passion for interpreting the faces around him

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Community

As an artistic soul, J.L. Summers has come full circle. After years of putting his talent to use as a professional sign painter and calligrapher, he has returned to an early passion for capturing people on paper.


CHS students win their way to San Diego

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Community

Three teenage girls from Columbus on an adventure of "firsts" were among passengers on a jet departing the Birmingham airport July 3.


Go crackers: An artisan baker's ingenuity opens new doors

Posted 7/27/2016 in Food

One might say baker Troy DeRego is going crackers. And it would be a compliment.


GTHR on a mission: placing healthy horses with loving homes

Posted 7/23/2016 in Community

Dappled sunlight danced across the back of a brown and white pinto mare staying one step ahead of the patient man in the paddock with her.


MSU Riley Center new season lineup touts some big names

Posted 7/23/2016 in Entertainment

The MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts in Meridian has released the roster of musical and theatrical performances set to celebrate the prominent venue's 10th anniversary.


And for her next act, Mother Nature presents sweet, luscious figs

Posted 7/20/2016 in Food

One of the perks of living in the Prairie -- where we tend to define "neighborhood" in square miles rather than streets -- is that folks are, well, neighborly.


It's sunflower time. Smile ... c'mon, you know you want to

Posted 7/16/2016 in Community

Try being depressed in the middle of a field of sunflowers. Just driving by a patch is a pretty potent mood-lifter, their vibrant rays of yellow petals fanning from spiraling centers ripening with seeds. They may be nature's most optimistic plant, a living expression of botanical sun worship and radial symmetry.


Crawford pavilion celebrates small town can-do

Posted 7/16/2016 in Community

The town of Crawford in southwest Lowndes County celebrated the long-awaited completion of a community pavilion July 7.


Plans underway for 15th Tennessee Williams Tribute

Posted 7/16/2016 in Entertainment

Members of the Tennessee Williams Tribute Board are busy finalizing plans for the 15th annual Tribute honoring the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and poet born in Columbus March 26, 1911.


Don't throw that out: Farmers' Market welcomes glass, egg cartons for recycling

Posted 7/13/2016 in Food

Visitors to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market on Saturdays this summer may have noticed a new feature near the welcome table.


At the mic and outside the box: EMCC revives the old-time radio serial

Posted 7/9/2016 in Community

Before television annexed the American landscape, many an early-20th century family passed evenings crowded around the home radio set. The "talking telegram" opened windows on a wider world.


Light bulb moments: Culinary camp builds and broadens horizons

Posted 7/6/2016 in Food

There was a lot of "building" underway this past month at Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Camp for Kids -- building skill sets, building palates, confidence and friendships.


One of a kind: Self-taught, self-styled, a Clay County metalsmith is still making his mark

Posted 7/2/2016 in Community

Artisans come in all forms and guises. Genuine artisans, however, have at least one characteristic in common -- a passion in the veins for what they do. That could describe Ed Sanders.


Propst Park train gets facelift and more

Posted 7/2/2016 in Community

Many in Columbus still recall the curious sight in 1972. The C&G Railway steam locomotive No. 178 had escaped the scrapper's torch and, along with the rolling stock accompanying her, made a slow, painstaking journey eastward on Highway 182 to Propst Park.


Fireworks food: Bring a red, white and blue pop to the holiday table

Posted 6/29/2016 in Food

It's that time -- time to think about bringing some food "fireworks" to your Fourth of July table.


Second chances: Daniel and Nellie, helping each other heal

Posted 6/25/2016 in Community

Hairston to represent Lowndes in state DYW

Posted 6/25/2016 in Community

Rising high school senior Reed Hairston of Columbus will represent Lowndes County at the state's Distinguished Young Women program in Meridian July 14-16.


Experience the unique: music, live painting and spoken word

Posted 6/25/2016 in Entertainment

A unique experience in music, art and spoken word describes "Artists in Revision," an "experiment in performance across different mediums."


Learn by doing: 4-H youth prove you're never too young to learn skills for a lifetime

Posted 6/22/2016 in Food

A group of 4-H youth are proving that grilling out isn't just for grown-ups. Mouth-watering aromas wafting from Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site June 14 were evidence enough. Youth ages 8 to 18 were invited to take part in the annual Lowndes County 4-H Grilling Contest.


Like father, like sons: Father's Day and every day, teamwork grows across generations

Posted 6/18/2016 in Community

There was a time when the hallmark of Columbus and towns like it were family-owned businesses, passed on from one generation to the next. Sons and daughters often followed fathers into trade as naturally as summer gives way to autumn.



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