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Holiday blues ... Anyone can get them -- recognize triggers and copes

Posted 11/16/2019 in Community

"It's in full swing already," said Licensed Professional Counselor Veronica Harrison of Community Counseling Services. The "it" is stress that can worm its way into what we're told should be the "hap-happiest season of all."


Cassie's cakes

Posted 11/13/2019 in Food

Have you ever wondered how cake makers turn out those intricately decorated creations? Have you pondered whether you could learn to do it yourself? Cassie Black in the New Hope community believes there is every chance you can.


Good energy: Utilities, Homestead Center partner on sustainable energy and youth development

Posted 11/9/2019 in Community

Sweltering in summer, layering up in winter, wading -- indoors -- after a big rain. That's what Margaret Brown and other J.L. King Center staff and volunteers in Starkville sometimes contend with when they report to the center on North Long Street to wage an offensive.


St. Paul's Socktober boosts Y's Undercover Project

Posted 11/9/2019 in Community

Congregation members at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus now know what 547 pairs of new socks look like. That's how many they collected during their Socktober drive, to donate to the YMCA's Undercover Project.


Slow cooker meals save time, money

Posted 11/6/2019 in Food

Crisper temps, "shorter" days -- that means it must be time to revisit our slow cookers. I can't resist at this time of year. Yes, the appliance is great to use year-round, but there is just something about a chilly change in the weather that cozies up with slow cooker meals.


In harmony: New director leads Choral Society into 10th season and fall concert

Posted 11/2/2019 in Community

There was a brief time, years ago, when Jayne Doolittle told herself she would not go into music when she grew up. Today, though, it's hard for her to imagine doing anything else.


Ghosts & Legends Tour returns Friday, Saturday

Posted 11/2/2019 in Entertainment

Compelling personalities from Columbus' past will be featured when the annual Ghosts & Legends Tour returns Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9.


Celebrating the blues: Momentum builds for new interactive museum

Posted 10/26/2019 in Community

Deborah Mansfield moved paintbrush over canvas, deftly capturing the scene before her Wednesday night during a fundraiser for what looks destined to become a regional must-see attraction -- the Black Prairie Blues Museum.


Decorative and visual arts come together for Art 'n Antiques

Posted 10/26/2019 in Entertainment

A variety of decorative arts, antiques and original artwork will be showcased under one roof Thursday through Saturday when the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation presents the annual Art 'n Antiques Show and Sale in the heart of downtown Columbus.


Friday kicks off downtown Columbus Christmas open house

Posted 10/26/2019 in Community

Ready or not, downtown Columbus is getting into the holiday spirit. The Downtown Christmas Open House takes place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3.


Say it with pumpkins

Posted 10/23/2019 in Food

In the week ahead many among us will be finalizing a costume, deciding what food to take to a party, buying a pumpkin or at least -- I should hope -- picking up a bag or two of candy to hand out should little trick-or-treaters come your way.


This bonsai hobbyist is big into the art of 'small'

Posted 10/19/2019 in Community

In a society that tends to champion "thinking big," John Weathers has instead found peace, patience and enjoyment in doing just the opposite. The Columbus man is a bonsai enthusiast.


Historic church to celebrate its 200th anniversary

Posted 10/19/2019 in Community

For the past two centuries, worshipers have gathered at Shaeffer's Chapel in the Lowndes County Prairie to share their faith.


Ready for pecans? Harvest time approaching for a fall favorite

Posted 10/16/2019 in Food

It's not uncommon at my Prairie house this time of year to look out in the front yard and see my better half on all fours with a 5-gallon bucket. No matter how many helpful harvest gadgets I buy, this is still how he prefers gathering our annual pecans.


Second blooming: Retirement fuels inspiration and a new series for Funderburk

Posted 10/12/2019 in Community

"No one told me I couldn't do it," said Brent Funderburk. And so, he did. Funderburk began decades ago honing his unique style of painting with watercolors, of interpreting with intensity, of teaching with passion. For 36 years at Mississippi State University, he inspired next generations of artists, gathering academic, teaching and research honors along the way.


Community connection: Fall shaping up for culinary outreach

Posted 10/9/2019 in Food

While the primary focus of the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) at Mississippi University for Women is to inspire and train the next generation of chefs, strengthening the university-community connection is another aim.


Asylum Hill: Intriguing story of an old cemetery reaches close to home

Posted 10/5/2019 in Entertainment

The coffins, made of pine, are decayed by time and clay soil. Simple wooden crosses thought to have marked each burial site have long since disintegrated. The mostly anonymous graves -- as many as 7,000 of them -- represent the final resting place of inhabitants who died at the Mississippi Insane Asylum in Jackson between 1855 and 1935 and were interred at the Asylum Hill Cemetery.


Teen finds the 'real thing' at unique camp

Posted 10/5/2019 in Community

When Starkville High School freshman Parker Casano went off to Camp Liberty in Battleground, Alabama, he didn't expect arts and crafts and archery. He had signed up for the veteran-owned business' Extreme Military Challenge, after all.


October is for apples

Posted 10/2/2019 in Food

Ah, autumn. Crisp nights, leaves changing and apple harvests. Well, maybe one out of three isn't so bad. We can celebrate October as National Apple Month even if any chill in the air around here is still a hope on the horizon, or at least the 10-day forecast.


Honoring those who served: DAR chapter's attention turns to war museum ... community asked to help

Posted 9/28/2019 in Community

"Look, there's an MRE in here," says Pam Bullock, pointing to a shelf in a glass display case at the Columbus War Museum. The military's "Meal, Ready-to-Eat" is next to a cardboard box of black and white photographs, a worn helmet and other memorabilia donated to the collection housed at the Columbus Municipal Complex at 1501 Main St.



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