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Hobby gardener turns swimming pool into veggie smorgasbord

Posted 8/5/2009 in Food

When Nick and Eleanor Hairston decided an in-ground pool installed behind their west Lowndes County home in 1974 had served its purpose, they opted for dramatic changes. Not many months after retiring from his post as Lowndes County administrator, Nick was ready to tackle a new project. With the help of savvy friends, family, the “Garden Tabloid” — and even garden guru Felder Rushing — he transformed the 34-by-17 foot pool into a bountiful backyard garden.


Rob Hardy: Khrushchev and his strange U.S. tour

Posted 8/4/2009 in Columns

The Cold War is over; we won it and we have forgotten about it, because we have hotter things to worry about. Young people now, and those in the future, will watch, say, “Doctor Strangelove,” and be astonished that the world could have organized itself in such a way. If you really want to get in touch with how weird the Cold War years were, a wonderful introduction is “K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist” (PublicAffairs) by Peter Carlson.


Come on Down: The Columbus Opry is alive and well

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

“Yeah, Brother Fiddle Player, hey, hey, hey!” Hilton Hammond calls from the audience, clapping her hands as retired Air Force Col. Jim Fain launches into “Orange Blossom Special.” The house band jumps in, and the audience is hooked, even the youngsters playing cards, or hide and seek under the tables.


Maroon Edition volunteer project expands with real ‘Painted House’

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

STARKVILLE — The Maroon Edition First-Year Reading Experience at Mississippi State University is joining with Starkville Habitat for Humanity to add a service learning component to the new program.



Excitement building for StarShine Aug. 7-8

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

Excitement about the Starkville Area Arts Council’s StarShine is building. With a cooking demonstration, local celebrity chef cook-offs, and one of the South’s top chefs, Robert St. John, the event is sure to deliver delicious results.



Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market earns MDA certification

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market was recently certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce as part of the Mississippi Farmers’ Market Certification Program. The MDA launched the program as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers’ markets across the state.


‘Idol’s’ Murray sings at home for Red Cross benefit

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The Golden Triangle was justly proud when its own Jasmine Murray made it into the Top 13 on American Idol’s Season Eight only a few short months ago. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the former Columbus Girlchoir member returns to her roots to join a host of performers lending their talents in support of the American Red Cross Tenn-Tom Chapter.

Hear America roar: Sturgis revs up for rally, music and more

Posted 8/1/2009 in Entertainment

The big bikes are coming. They will roll into Mississippi from every direction, converging on the town of Sturgis — population 200 plus — Aug. 14-16. Thousands of motorcyclists and enthusiasts will gather at the 13th annual Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally in Oktibbeha County to enjoy national music artists, good food, vendors and fleets of gleaming bikes.


Adele Elliott: No dead authors

Posted 8/1/2009 in Columns

In Mississippi talent flourishes like kudzu. Maybe this is because of the lush fertility of the land. Or perhaps it is a result of generations of oral tradition. Whether the artist’s flair is visual, or musical, or poetic, the results are almost always narrative. On some level, every one of us is a writer, spinning tales with pen, or brush, or song.



Roger Truesdale: A Blackberry jam

Posted 8/1/2009 in Columns

I just got a Blackberry. Some of you — that’s folks living the good life — may be wondering whether or not I picked it myself or bought it at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market. No.


Wonderful watermelon: This summer favorite celebrates its big moment

Posted 7/29/2009 in Food

One bite into a cool, crisp wedge of watermelon takes us back in time. We’re kids again, parked at a picnic table or barefoot in the back yard, melon juice running down our chins, trickling between our little fingers. And we don’t have a care in the world.


Anne Freeze: The joy of bacon fat

Posted 7/29/2009 in Columns

This past Sunday as I was coming home from church, Lynne Rosetto Kasper on “The Splendid Table” was chatting with a caller to the radio program about bacon fat in cookie recipes. Like many of us, I grew up with the can of bacon fat on the counter (I really don’t remember it being refrigerated), waiting to be dipped into for frying or flavoring. And, for a time in my life I, too, saved bacon fat, refrigerated, and would spoon a tad in the water for my butter beans or mix it with olive oil for frying corn or green tomatoes, or in my cast iron muffin pan for corn muffins. I used it judiciously, telling myself that a little bit couldn’t hurt me.



Rob Hardy: Outnumbered by insects: ‘Bugs and the Victorians’

Posted 7/29/2009 in Columns

Insects, even the greatest of couch potatoes knows, are everywhere. If you weighed all the insects and weighed all the people on the planet, insects would win.



Belly dancing, anyone?

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

There is nothing unusual about the Columbus Arts Council offering classes. But three new August offerings with an unconventional twist arrive soon at the non-profit Rosenzweig Arts Center in the center of historic downtown. Belly Dancing Bootcamp, a Juggling for Dummies workshop and free sketching sessions will take centerstage.



MUW combines programs, names new dean for School of Professional Studies

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

Dr. William “Bill” Mayfield has joined Mississippi University for Women as dean of the School of Professional Studies. This comes as a result of combining the College of Business and Legal Studies and Culinary Arts Institute.



Betty Stone: Going back to Bob’s

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Anyone who lived in Columbus between 1922 and 1992 probably has some story or memory of Bob’s Place, quintessential drive-in of Columbus and thought to be Mississippi’s first drive-in.



Adele Elliott: Tribute

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Denizens of large cities love to boast about the cultural events, performances and limitless entertainment available to them. In some ways they are right. However, it seems to me that very few take advantage of this wealth of artistic opportunity. Most people just stay home, in front of the “boob tube,” in a sort of semi-catatonic state.


Match point: With simple supplies and respect for her past, Bessie Johnson passes on a lost art

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Bessie Johnson has come to appreciate the humor in it. But when check-out clerks first suspected her of being up to no good after repeat store visits to buy armloads of wooden matches and bottles of glue, the moment wasn’t quite as amusing.


Little Artesia to hold fourth annual Artesia Day

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

Next weekend, Artesia will have another chance to prove its motto, “The small town that does big things.” The fourth annual Artesia Day festival will take place on Main Street in downtown Artesia Friday through Sunday. Admission will be free.


Burttram to represent Lowndes County at state Junior Miss

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

Rachel Burttram, of Columbus, the daughter of Dawn and Tim Burttram, leaves today for Meridian to participate in Mississippi’s Junior Miss scholarship program.


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