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High school students offered online classes through MSU Continuing Education

Posted 5/16/2020 in Community

High school students in the Magnolia State can take advantage of online courses offered through Mississippi State's Center for Continuing Education to accelerate progress toward graduation, catch up with classes they need, take a course not available at their school or simply enjoy a convenient online learning option.


A mother's recipes: The ultimate comfort food

Posted 5/13/2020 in Food

Pam Towery Rhea has a list. A "to-do" of things she'd like to tackle when she retires. She is business manager of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System and, as the Rev. Deacon Rhea, serves the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbus, and St. John's Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. Rhea recently began checking off a few line items on the list -- but not because of retirement.

Butter Together: Biscuits? Everybody's got time for that

Posted 5/13/2020 in Food

First of all -- and I hope this goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway just in case -- I would never wish COVID-19 on anyone. I'm sorry that it's here and I would make it go away if I could.

Ways to make hearty meals at home with pantry staples

Posted 5/13/2020 in Food

Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home.

Deliver maple flavor in the morning

Posted 5/13/2020 in Food

It's hard to beat a fresh, oven-baked breakfast to start the day, especially one loaded with sausage and eggs complemented by the sweetness of diced apples and maple syrup.

Preview a menu made for summer indulgence

Posted 5/13/2020 in Food

A summer weekend won't be complete until you fire up the grill, but flame-kissed steaks are just the start to an unforgettable meal that celebrates all the best of the season.

In Mom's footsteps: Mother and daughter share in a career of compassion

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community

One of Alexis Jones' early memories is of her mom, dressed in medical scrubs, dropping her off at day care on the way to work. She remembers being proud that her parent was a nurse, that she helped sick people get well. Her mother, Jewell Jones, may not have been fully aware at the time of the impression she was making on her youngest daughter, but she certainly is now.

Columbus library to begin limited on-site services Monday

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community

Libraries are, by definition, quiet places. For almost two months, however, the silence in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System has been nearly complete. That will change, in stages, beginning Monday.


CARES Act funds now available to The W students

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community

Mississippi University for Women students who have experienced financial hardships directly related to the disruption in university operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for CARES Act Emergency Stabilization funds.



International Paper accepting grant applications from nonprofits

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community


In the garden with Felder: The nature of vines that twine

Posted 5/9/2020 in Columns

Ever notice how a cat can't help raising its rear when you stroke its back? Vines do the same thing. Sorta.


Use extra time at home to reorganize closet

Posted 5/9/2020 in Entertainment

With a lot of free time on their hands, many Americans have taken to cleaning.


Southern Gardening: May the fourth be with gardens

Posted 5/9/2020 in Columns

May 4 marked a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker," was being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.

Share at-home activities with young children

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community

After nationwide closures of pre-Ks and early-childhood education centers due to coronavirus, millions of parents are caring for their young children at home.


Eastern Kentucky University to offer OSHA courses at Communiversity

Posted 5/9/2020 in Community

A variety of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training courses will soon be offered at East Mississippi Community College's Communiversity, which will serve as a Host Training Organization for Eastern Kentucky University's OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Richmond, Kentucky.


An easy chicken parm: Marty Wages shares a scrumptious favorite

Posted 5/6/2020 in Food

Whether feeding a few or many, this Parmesan artichoke chicken dish from caterer and chef Marty Wages of Columbus is, he said, "the easiest recipe in the world, and it is delicious."

A spring salad celebration

Posted 5/6/2020 in Food

Fresh fruits and veggies are often the flavors of spring, and you can bring them all together by celebrating National Salad Month with a homemade masterpiece.

Stack a savory snack

Posted 5/6/2020 in Food

Having fun in the kitchen can be an easy way to get kids involved for a family-friendly activity.

Make-ahead breakfasts for easier mornings

Posted 5/6/2020 in Food

If you're juggling a new set of responsibilities right now, you're not alone. Those busy mornings may still pose challenges even if your commute no longer exists.


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