“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.
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.
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.
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.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its seventh year Jan. 11 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.
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 Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.
Scouting officials are trying to identify all Eagle Scouts in North Mississippi as part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.
(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.)
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.
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.
I have the perfect antidote for the sort of stress that makes folks wish for a prescription of tranquilizers.
Columbus High School juniors got a taste of the real world when Junior Auxiliary of Columbus hosted a Reality Fair recently for 253 students.
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.
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.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.
A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member and research scientist is being named vice president for research and economic development at the land-grant institution.
A collection of works by local artists will be showcased in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Gallery at 200 Main St. through the month of December.
Few things inspire a bona fide candymaker like the holidays. For Jeanette Basson, the advent of Thanksgiving and Christmas sends her straight to the high-ceilinged kitchen of her family’s 1835 Lowndes County farmhouse near the Alabama state line.
With glittering baubles, bows — and even a doggie bone or two — a four-day silent auction Dec. 1-4 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center should make it a snap to deck the halls this Christmas season. Twenty decorated wreaths will go to the highest bidder, and lend support to two good causes at the same time.