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Forks & Corks returns with 'a taste for the arts'

Posted 8/16/2019 in Community

A delicious way to enjoy the arts returns to the Golden Triangle Saturday. The Starkville Area Arts Council's Forks & Corks at The Mill celebrates the culinary arts by bringing some of the area's talented chefs together under one roof.


Got a squash hold-out? Tasty ways to win them over

Posted 8/14/2019 in Food

I confess: My younger self was not a fan of squash. My older self has learned the world is full of things I turned my nose up at back then. I wish I could tell my late granddaddy who grew them on his Pontotoc farm and did his best to coax a stubborn little girl to try them.


Back-to-school lunch tips

Posted 8/7/2019 in Food

That ringing we hear is the sound of school bells. We knew it was coming, foretold by streams of anxious parents in store aisles, numbly checking and re-checking school supply lists.


Dream teams: Gardeners are hands-on at national headquarters where dreams come true

Posted 8/3/2019 in Community

Even those who know of the Catch-A-Dream Foundation may not realize its national headquarters are in the Golden Triangle's backyard. Tucked on a wooded 43 acres southwest of Starkville are a rustic visitor center and bunkhouse-turned-office where a small, dedicated staff work every day to make dreams unfold.


Pilot Club adds more splash to Starkville park pad

Posted 8/3/2019 in Community

A new feature at the J.L. King Memorial Park splash pad in Starkville is cooling down the dog days of summer, compliments of the Pilot Club of Starkville.


Denim & Diamonds: western hats and bling support museum

Posted 8/3/2019 in Community

August brings with it an event the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum and friends look forward to each year -- Denim & Diamonds.


Ice cream in a bag: fun to make, fun to eat

Posted 7/31/2019 in Food

Thoughts of homemade ice cream probably bring to mind visions of a whirring electric ice cream maker -- or, for some, the old-fashioned hand-crank version. But there is another way. Ever tried making ice cream in a bag?


Learn by doing: Lowndes County 4-H camp promotes youth empowerment through hands-on activities

Posted 7/27/2019 in Community

With 4-H, it's all about youth building life skills through hands-on projects ranging from science and agriculture to health and civic engagement.


Camp with a Mission continues to 'grow'

Posted 7/27/2019 in Community

Monica Keller carefully placed her hand-painted rock in a small new garden in downtown Columbus Wednesday. One by one, fellow participants attending Camp with a Mission followed her, placing decorated rocks in a sandy section designated for them.


Quick Bites: Cool florals, cyber savvy, get organized

Posted 7/27/2019 in Entertainment

August may be considered the last month of summer, but school bells will soon be ringing.


Simple acts: Annual fan drive, checking on the vulnerable, help cope with searing summer

Posted 7/20/2019 in Community

As extreme heat alerts for much of the country went out this past week, Brenda Edmonds in Columbus was thankful for an act of kindness. The new box fan she'd been given at Helping Hands made a noted difference in the second-floor room her grandbaby will soon sleep in.


Columbus author's novel chosen for JetBlue literacy project

Posted 7/20/2019 in Community

Author Deborah Johnson's novel "The Air Between Us" (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2009) was recently selected as a featured book in JetBlue's Soar with Reading literacy initiative.


Dancing in the Park to celebrate 10th anniversary

Posted 7/20/2019 in Entertainment

Saturday will mark the 10th anniversary of Dancing in the Park at Starkville's McKee Park located at 405 Lynn Lane.


Plum of an idea: Seasonal plums stir memory and tasty options

Posted 7/17/2019 in Food

As a kid, I spent a lot of time outside, plenty of it in the backyard of our family home in Columbus. In retrospect, I realize what a grand playscape it was for my younger sister and I through different ages and stages of creativity and mischief.


Up to scratch: Love of animals, talent and 'tiny details' merge in unique portraits

Posted 7/13/2019 in Community

Al Poochino met his visitors at the front door, a big, furry, tail-wagging greeter ready for his close-up with The Dispatch photographer. The seven-year-old mixed breed canine is one of about 50 dogs -- and a few cats -- who have so far been immortalized in scratchboard portraits by Mary Ellen Owings of Columbus.


Summer Scholars On Stage: a different summer camp

Posted 7/13/2019 in Community

Mention of summer camp often evokes visions of swimming, zip lining or s'mores. At Mississippi State's Summer Scholars On Stage, however, the emphasis is on writing, music, acting and production during three intensely creative weeks.


Buddy up to Bisquick

Posted 7/10/2019 in Food

It was in 1930, so history tells us, that General Mills sales exec Carl Smith sat down to some fabulous hot biscuits in a train dining car. Amazed that fresh biscuits could be delivered in short order on a train, Smith visited the chef's galley after his meal.


On the move: Community walking and rucking group is making strides

Posted 7/6/2019 in Community

A Monday post on the FitWalk Facebook page read, "We maxed out the sweat-o-meter today, 3.5 miles and lots of sunshine on farm roads. It takes courage (or something ... ?) to do this in July -- in Mississippi."


Good starts

Posted 7/3/2019 in Food

Tweaks to Fourth of July feast plans are being made in households around the Golden Triangle today. In some of those kitchens, some newly-minted MUW culinary camp "graduates" are probably helping with preparations.


Rolling & coasting: Foam and marbles help teens avoid summer 'brain drain'

Posted 6/29/2019 in Community

Excited chatter and laughter filled an activity room at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus Wednesday morning. The collective sound was positive -- made moreso because it came from 20 or so teenagers some might expect to be wasting a summer day sleeping, or hunched over a device of some kind. Not this group.



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