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Roger Truesdale: It’s snowing in Leland

Posted 12/19/2009 in Columns

Snow storms seem to evade the Golden Triangle. I might be the cause.

 

Historic images fill fundraising calendars

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

President Howard Taft speaks on Main Street Columbus in 1902. Men in fedoras and suits study the rubble of First Columbus National Bank after a devastating fire in March 1919. The 1927 Stephen D. Lee High School state football champions pose on modest wooden bleachers in their dirt-stained uniforms.

 

Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen announces move, needs list

Posted 12/19/2009 in Entertainment

The Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen will soon reach a goal it set when it was organized in the summer of 2008 to help feed those in need. The ministry, which has been serving meals on Mondays and Fridays at the Salvation Army at 2219 Main St., will soon be moving into a permanent home — just next door, in the former location of Cash Distributing.

 

Sterling starters: Quick, tasty appetizers are a holiday favorite for this great cook

Posted 12/16/2009 in Food

Janey Stubbs of Starkville is a fan of delicious appetizers that can be made up in quick order.

 

Rob Hardy: Secret lives of buildings

Posted 12/15/2009 in Columns

We were touring a castle in England years ago, and came to the banqueting hall. “This hall has been remodeled many times,” the sign in the room said, “the last time in 1654.” It was a reminder of how old buildings in the Old World really are, and a cause for doubt: can it be that this room looked just the same as it did more than 300 years ago? I thought of that sign many times as I was reading “The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories” (Metropolitan Books) by Edward Hollis.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Down at the pokey

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

“Hey, you got a dollar for a hamburger?” It was about lunchtime, and I was exiting my car in front of the courthouse. I smiled and said, “Yeah,” and reached back into my car at the coin keeper and gathered a handful of change. I had a hunch and intended to follow it. Now that I had his undivided attention I asked, “I think you know my husband.” He looked puzzled. “Bardwell,” I called out.

 

So many Santas: The spirit of Father Christmas lives year-round in Fred Kinder’s Santa collection

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

As the days of December advance, thoughts of Santa Claus fill the minds of the young and young-at-heart the world over. Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas — whatever name he’s known by, the beloved figure symbolizes the thoughtful and generous nature of Christmas. He inspires a spirit of goodness that can soften even the grinchiest of us at this time of year.

 

Adele Elliott: Wish list

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

This is the time of year to dream of wishes fulfilled. We are making our lists for Santa, or for whomever is our personal giver of gifts. Most requests, I suppose, are reasonable. Some may ask for a gift that sparkles, or one that hums, or perhaps even one with four legs and a tail that wags. Green is always good, whether it means environmentally beneficial, or the sort of green that folds neatly into a pocket.

 

 

Explore the stars with MUW’s Backyard Astronomy

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Science Enrichment Program at Mississippi University for Women will host two workshops at the beginning of the year titled “Backyard Astronomy,” in which participants will be able to explore the stars.

 

 

Community band launches new concert year

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its seventh year Jan. 11 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.

 

Bes’ birthday boosts Toys for Tots Christmas drive

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Bes Sumrall’s birthday party had all the usual trimmings. Friends to play with, colorful balloons, a special cake and gifts — plenty of gifts. But for this Columbus toddler, there was a twist to turning 2. All the new, brightly-packaged toys brought to this party were not for Bes; they were destined for Toys for Tots and children in need in this community.

 

Blade’s named Wassail-meister

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Blade’s Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.

 

 

Eagle Scouts urged to register for network

Posted 12/12/2009 in Entertainment

Scouting officials are trying to identify all Eagle Scouts in North Mississippi as part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

 

 

Betty Stone: The day the weasel went berserk

Posted 12/12/2009 in Columns

(Occasionally, a reader will ask me when we will have something else by my grandson, who is in the Peace Corps in Peru. He obliged by sending the following. Nothing in the content represents the Peace Corps or the United States government. It is simply the observation of an individual.)

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Grave discoveries

Posted 12/5/2009 in Columns

My little basket of cemetery tools seemed woefully inadequate as I faced a stalk as tall as me growing right out of the middle of the gravesite. I had just driven two hours to clean and decorate the grave, but for this job I would possibly need power tools.

 

Treasured tribute

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

Brenda Caradine returned from New York bearing a hat box she handled with great care. Inside, lay a laurel wreaththat almost 27 years earlier, had lain on Tennessee Williams’ body, and later his coffin, on the day of his funeral in 1983.

 

Adele Elliott: A classic Christmas

Posted 12/5/2009 in Columns

I have the perfect antidote for the sort of stress that makes folks wish for a prescription of tranquilizers.

 

Teens get real with newest JA service project

Posted 12/5/2009 in About Town

Columbus High School juniors got a taste of the real world when Junior Auxiliary of Columbus hosted a Reality Fair recently for 253 students.

 

Rainwater program explores Christmas sky lore Friday

Posted 12/5/2009 in About Town

On Friday, Dec.11, at 7 p.m., the Rainwater Astronomical Association will present a revised version of its traditional program for the Christmas season.

 

 

Beck’s ‘Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie’ debuts

Posted 12/5/2009 in Entertainment

Near the site of the historic Civil War conflict, Friends of the Battle of Okolona will host a book signing for Dr. Brandon H. Beck’s latest release, “The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie.

 

 

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