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Shannon Bardwell: Keeping promises

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columns

Stepping into the spa, I felt the stresses and strains of Prairie life drain from my shoulders. I recognized the sounds of Pachelbel's Canon and knew I had found a home. The overstuffed couch wrapped its comforting arms around me like a long-lost mother. The receptionist said they'd be with me in a minute. For a rare moment, waiting was a pleasure.


Better together: Husband and wife team up to make baklava for the holidays

Posted 12/15/2010 in Food

Some things are just easier with four hands than two. Making baklava is one of them. It's become a Christmas tradition for Vicky and Jimmie D. "Tuffy" Bourland, who live in northern Lowndes County.


The beginnings of  Columbus Air Force Base

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

It was in the early 1930s that community leaders in the Columbus area began pursuing an air base. Capt. Sam Kaye, Herman Owen and T C Billups were among the first to promote an air base or airport to be located at Columbus. Billups helped secure the full support of his old college friend, Congressman John Rankin, but that initial effort was unsuccessful.



FUMC to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' Dec. 18-19

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

Amahl, a young crippled boy, has a vivid imagination and a habit of telling stories. So, when he tells his mother of a star like no other he has ever seen, she doesn't believe him.


Contact Helpline: 35 years and counting

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

For three and a half decades, the staff and volunteers of Contact Helpline have been the collective caring voice at the other end of a 24-hour crisis telephone line. The United Way agency based in Columbus and serving eight counties -- Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Choctaw, Monroe, Noxubee, Webster and Winston -- celebrated with a luncheon Tuesday.


Tickets on sale for spring encore of Pickens Courthouse drama

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Back by popular demand, and thanks to a cooperative effort between First National Bank of Central Alabama, The Pickens County Courthouse Preservation Foundation and the Pickens County Tourism Association, the theatrical production of "The Face In The Courthouse Window" returns for an encore performance April 14-17, 2011, in Carrollton. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly.


'Spirit' of St. Nick: Craftsmen's Guild carver turns blocks of wood into the jolly old elf

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

"A piece of wood doesn't stand a chance around our house -- we're either gonna carve it or cook with it," chuckles Mike Bailey.


Adele Elliott: Lighting fires

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

For a while it seemed that the entire country of Israel was on fire. The heart of the Holy Land appeared to be turning into a wasteland of burnt bushes and ash. As I write this, things are looking up a bit. The blaze has been controlled.



Columbus author wins top MLA award

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

Author Deborah Johnson has been awarded the 2010 Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction for her novel "The Air Between Us" (Harper Collins). The debut work, set in the fictional town of Revere, Miss., in 1966, looks at how the murder of a white man ripples through a town already struggling with integration.



Betty Stone: Meet Scrooge

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

The funniest Christmas story I ever read appeared years ago in one of the women's magazines; I forget which. Will Stanton was the author.



David Creel: Decorate 'you' for the holidays!

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columns

If you know me, then you know that I love glitter! Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, anything that shines, sparkles or shimmers has made my heart beat faster.


Ho Ho Holidays: Festive fare for parties, gifts or snacks

Posted 12/8/2010 in Food

As the days tick by until Santa's big scene, our halls are getting decked and our calendars filled.


Noted author, painter to attend Starkville book signings

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

Writer and PBS television personality Walt Grayson, and Mississippi watercolorist Wyatt Waters, will attend two separate book signings at Book Mart and Cafe at 120 E. Main St. in Starkville Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.



Plans underway for Williams' 100th birthday

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

The planning committee for the Tennessee Williams 100th Birthday Celebration in Columbus met Nov. 18 at the Tennessee Williams Home Museum and Welcome Center with the Robinson and Associates Advertising Agency to plan national promotion of celebration events March 24-27, 2011, to honor two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tennessee Williams, born March 26, 1911, in Columbus.


Festival celebrates First Christmas, 10th year

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

The "glitz and glitter" of decorations, wrapping paper and bows might bring excitement during the holiday season. But if you take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season can be found. That's the invitation First Baptist Church of Columbus is extending to everyone this holiday season.


Columbus Sings 'Messiah' marks 10th anniversary

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

James O. Allen remembers well 10 years ago when he and his daughter, Elizabeth Swartz, hoped to bring together an area-wide choir and musicians to perform one of the most anticipated sacred traditions of the holidays -- George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."



CAFB singer finds new musical home in Girlchoir

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

The notes of the French carol "Come Join the Angels Singing" ebb and swell in the First Methodist Church choir room, bringing the fragrance of the Christmas season. It's a Monday practice for the Columbus Senior Girlchoir as their Dec. 10 Christmas concert approaches.


A Tabernacle Christmas

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

"We hope to see many come and share a touch of history, in a church that is full of history," said Pastor Wally Armstrong of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, home of the storied Tabernacle Camp Meeting held every summer since 1828.

'We need help': One family's plight shows how United Way agencies make a difference

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

Sherrie and David Roberts didn't know at first what to do or where to turn. A health problem that began during Sherrie's last pregnancy two years ago had steadily gotten worse, but David's construction job fell victim to a hemorrhaging economy. There was no regular income, and certainly no insurance.


Adele Elliott: Christmas wishes

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columns

Columbus certainly appears to be wrapped in the spirit of the season. It seems that yards are decorated a bit earlier this year. Chris and I got our tree up only a few days after Thanksgiving. This is my goal every year, but not always my reality.



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