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'Burnin' up the road': The Ride for Life 'to burn out cancer' gets personal

Posted 5/23/2010 in Entertainment

In 2007, when Shan Higdon and Bobby Mosley first hatched the idea of getting motorcyclists together to raise money to fight cancer, they couldn't know the bitter, ironic twists fate had in store. Both Shan's mother and father, as well as his father-in-law, would go up against the disease. All three are doing well.


Adele Elliott: Kiss a fireman

Posted 5/23/2010 in Columns

You probably saw the smoke that Friday morning. It was hard to miss. For a while it seemed that the entire Southside was in danger of becoming an inferno.



Shannon Bardwell: Bloomers and box springs

Posted 5/23/2010 in Columns

One Friday my friend, Caryl, and I packed a picnic and set out for Caledonia. On a previous trip I had gotten lost in Caledonia and ended up driving round and round in the dark until I saw a church with lights on. I went inside where I beheld a group of men and announced, "I'm lost."



David Creel: No beauty school dropout

Posted 5/23/2010 in Columns

It was the summer of 1989 and I had just said goodbye to all my friends from high school, nervous about my two possible choices for a future: the one my daddy wanted so badly for me and the one I was destined to live out.


Ask Rufus: Memorial Day

Posted 5/23/2010 in Columns

Memorial Day will soon be celebrated across the United States. Here in Columbus, we take pride in celebrating Friendship Cemetery as the place of origin of Memorial Day.


Rob Hardy: "Operation Mincemeat"

Posted 5/21/2010 in Columns

You may well be aware that in World War II the British played a fine trick on the Germans by letting them find a floating a body bearing bogus secret invasion plans.



Rob Hardy: The Arsenic Century

Posted 5/21/2010 in Columns

Because we are complex bags of chemicals with countless processes that must run exactly right if we are to continue our heartbeats and breathing, there is a huge number of poisons that will do us in. Among the most famous is arsenic; without its fame, for instance, the title of the stage and movie classic Arsenic and Old Lace would not have its sting.


Couture Chocolate: Award-winning pastry chef Donald Wressell reveals chocolate's artistic side

Posted 5/19/2010 in Food

Daniel Wressell, corporate pastry chef with E. Guittard Chocolate Co., tempted the sweet tooth of Mississippi University for Women culinary arts students earlier this spring when he visited Columbus. In a demonstration arranged by MUW's Chef Erich Ogle, the California-based chocolatier showed how the cacao tree's luscious product can be transformed into an artistic statement.

Ryan Mott's art featured in chilling release

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

Starkville High School student Ryan Mott is a featured artist in a just-released book by renowned paranormal author and researcher Brad Steiger.


W students help construct halfway house for women

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

Every year, Mississippi University for Women's Office of Community Service partners with a local organization to coordinate a day of service. This year, the office worked to renovate a halfway house for women who have been released from prison.



Freedom Creek Festival set for May 28-29

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

Willie King's non-profit organization, the Rural Members Association, announces the 13th annual Freedom Creek Festival to be held at the traditional location in Old Memphis, near Aliceville, Ala., where Willie lived before his untimely passing March 8, 2009.



Mississippi Archivists unveil Facebook page

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

The Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) announces the unveiling of its organizational page on the social networking site Facebook.


Bold print: Two, Columbus artists are among nation's notable printmakers in new book

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

They hail from across the United States -- Australia and England, as well. Sixty-three contemporary printmakers whose work was chosen to document in the just-released "Printmakers Today," a 256-page full color compendium on those who create "museum quality work" while translating an ancient art with 21st century vision and technical skill.


Adele Elliott: Bitter tears

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

"'If seven maids with seven mops; Swept it for half a year; Do you suppose,' the Walrus said; 'That they could get it clear?'; 'I doubt it,' said the Carpenter; And shed a bitter tear." When Lewis Carroll wrote "The Walrus and the Carpenter" in 1865, this stanza was referring to "great quantities of sand." He could not have known how many bitter tears would be shed over beach cleanup.



Shannon Bardwell: Finders keepers, losers weepers

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

While eating lunch in my car at the city parking lot across from the Baptist church, I spotted a small boy about the age of 4 walking with great purpose. He was on the sidewalk passing by "Fourth Estate."



David Creel: Sizzling style, with a bang!

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

Bangs are a surefire way to accessorize the season. Snip, snip, snipping is so last year and trims are passť.


Ask Rufus: Before Columbus Air Force Base, there was Payne Field

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

This weekend is the spectacular air show at Columbus Air Force Base. Several people have asked about how long an air base has been here. The answer surprised most people, as Columbus Air Force Base was not the first pilot training base in the area.

It's Market Time: Herb workshop, logo flowerpots, new construction highlight farmers' market openings

Posted 5/13/2010 in Food

The abundant beauty of spring has followed a long, hard Golden Triangle winter. And what better way to put the final exclamation point on Mother Nature's glowing transition than with openings Saturday of Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market and the Starkville Community Market?

Girl Power: Habitat for Humanity builds bond for mothers, daughters, women from all walks of life

Posted 5/8/2010 in Entertainment

"Window! We've got a window coming up!" The shout is heard above bursts from a nail gun and the buzz of power saws. Everyone makes way for a trio of women in bright red Habitat for Humanity T-shirts, transporting yet another finished window frame. They hoist it up to volunteers on the second floor level, one more step in turning piles of lumber into a home for a displaced family of six.

Retirement living doesn't stop this green thumb

Posted 5/8/2010 in Entertainment

When Mavis Daves left her home in Greenwood to move across the hall from her sister at Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus almost two years ago, one of the hardest separations was leaving behind her lovingly-maintained and glorious gardens. But hers is one green thumb that wouldn't give up. Daves gently lobbied for a bit of ground, any ground, so she could brighten the corner where she lives. The results are a source of beauty for Trinity residents and visitors alike.


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