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Love those leftovers

Posted 11/25/2020 in Food

By now, plans have been made for how our Thanksgivings will unfold. Just before writing this, I listened to a call-in program on MPB radio as listeners shared how they're adapting this year.


Thoughts at Thanksgiving

Posted 11/21/2020 in Community

Here we are, counting down the days to one of the most unusual Thanksgivings many have experienced.


Make the most of the holidays with Quick Bites tips

Posted 11/21/2020 in Entertainment

As the end of a stressful 2020 nears its end, two free Mississippi State University Extension Services' Quick Bites programs focus on decorating the season and preserving memories.


COVID cancels Country Store, but support for Lee Home still needed

Posted 11/21/2020 in Community

After 59 years, the annual Country Store Bake Sale at the Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum in Columbus will not take place this year.


Tips for sweets -- and safety -- this Thanksgiving

Posted 11/18/2020 in Food

Like many of you, our family plans to scale back this Thanksgiving -- fewer people, much simpler menu, and aiming to do whatever we do outside, assuming Mother Nature is kind.


Picture this: Local artists prove 'every picture tells a story'

Posted 11/14/2020 in Community

Jeanette Jarmon was hooked from the first phone call back in March. Novelist and children's book author Sue Clifton of Oakland, Mississippi, had called the Columbus artist to ask her to illustrate a children's book.


Pandemic concerns cancel 2021 JA Charity Ball

Posted 11/14/2020 in Community

The decision was a hard one, but Junior Auxiliary of Columbus has announced cancellation of its spring 2021 Charity Ball.


'United We Feed' enters final week

Posted 11/14/2020 in Community

In a year that has intensified food insecurity across Mississippi and the nation, United Way of North Central Mississippi is hoping the final week of its annual United We Feed food drive will be a big one.


Pecan snackin'

Posted 11/11/2020 in Food

Right on schedule, a windfall of pecans has blanketed my front yard. I've mentioned in this space before that my husband, Oop, persistently follows their daily drop every year, from one side of the tree's wingspan to the other. I am of some sporadic help in this weeks-long effort.


In their honor: As Veterans Day nears, one hospice organization shares how it pays tribute

Posted 11/7/2020 in Community

Veterans Day 2019 provided Kathryn Tucker with a comforting memory she can look back on today. As she watched then, her father, U.S. Navy veteran Richard Lutz, was honored for his military service by his Sanctuary Hospice caregivers.


Like apple with that? Salads with apples, a cool weather favorite

Posted 11/4/2020 in Food

These days I'm going to the grocery store twice a month. I used to go once a week. For the time being, I'm trying to reduce as much crowd exposure as possible.


Poets, in uncertain times: A sampling of poets reflect on their craft in challenging times

Posted 10/31/2020 in Community

"I feel like there should be a word for this ... " That thought from Naomi Buck Palagi emerged as she considered the effects of months of global pandemic on her craft -- the writing of poetry.


Main Street Columbus announces holiday activities

Posted 10/31/2020 in Entertainment

Main Street Columbus is hard at work ensuring the "Grinch" doesn't steal away a festive community holiday season. Yes, signature downtown events looked forward to each year will have a different look, but every effort is underway to deliver holiday cheer.


The care and feeding of ghosts and goblins

Posted 10/28/2020 in Food

As the witching hour draws nearer, festivity-starved souls are counting the days until All Hallows' Eve. Weatherfolk predict the holiday will come suitably wrapped in crisp fall temperatures and clear skies -- just right for tall tales around a fire pit and toasting a marshmallow or two.


One night, to help all year: Loaves & Fishes adapts fundraising to carry on its mission

Posted 10/24/2020 in Community

Monday's sun shone bright outside the Loaves & Fishes Community Soup Kitchen in Columbus. Even before the door officially opened, a long line of people had formed, patiently waiting on the sidewalk outside.


Thanksgiving florals, sweet potatoes are next Quick Bites topics

Posted 10/24/2020 in Entertainment

November Quick Bites programs offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service will please the eyes and taste buds.


Tune in to a Halloween 'feast' with Seneca's Oedipus

Posted 10/24/2020 in Entertainment

During this week of thrills and chills, the Mississippi State University Shackouls Honors College will present a radio drama fit for All Hallows' Eve.


Fun frights: There's more than one way to serve up Halloween

Posted 10/21/2020 in Food

As we round the autumnal turn into the holiday season, it's hard to know exactly what Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to look like. Even we eternal optimists know we need to make adjustments this year to protect family and community health.


Making music: Next gen musicians join the 'maker movement' and build their own

Posted 10/17/2020 in Community

Sam Shmulsky likes rock -- Led Zeppelin, Bush, Oasis and a host of others. The Starkville High senior has been playing guitar since he was 9. When the opportunity to make his own electric guitar recently opened up, the 17-year-old jumped at it.


Sweeten up fall with pumpkins

Posted 10/14/2020 in Food

Sure signs of fall are the pumpkins we're seeing at roadside stands, in grocery stores and in the remaining farmers' market days we have left to enjoy.



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