When a child grows up to follow in dad's footsteps, most fathers will admit to a bit of pride. But when pediatric dentist Dr. David K. Curtis really thinks about the fact that not one, but both of his children, became pediatric dentists themselves, it can sometimes, he admitted, seem almost surreal.
Kick off the spurs and pull up a chair Friday as the Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Community Theatre revisit the frontier with "Songs of the Dusty Trails & Wild West Tales."
Is there such a thing as a tea-aholic? If so, I am one. Honestly, I will choose a dining destination based on the tea it serves. Perhaps I'm not alone: According to a survey by the Tea Council of the USA, Americans consumed more than 84 billion servings of tea in 2018.
"Hey, guys! Donation!"
Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store Manager Abby Davis' shout was followed by the deep rumble of the building's wide metal lift door being raised. A vehicle pulled up with a hefty donation for the store -- in this case, a sofa.
Two short months after 100+ Women Who Care Columbus held its inaugural meeting in April, the group is ready to make a substantial donation to its first Impact Award recipient. When members gather Tuesday, June 18, they will vote for one Lowndes County nonprofit organization to receive an amount currently at about $13,000.
A trio of "goddesses" watched over proceedings as Melody Vydas set to work. The squat, primitive ceramic figures, just 3 to 4 inches high, were grouped near the artist's small kiln she uses to turn bits of dichroic glass into one-of-a-kind jewelry in her home studio in north Columbus.
Dust danced on the narrow gravel road leading to a Noxubee County address GPS doesn't recognize. Trees grew close on both sides of the hard-packed earth punctuated by the occasional dip. The only feature unexpected in the rural setting was an unbroken quarter-mile-long line of freshly-turned dirt bordering one side of the road.
June Quick Bites from the Mississippi State University Extension Service offer free hour-long interactive video workshops on timely topics.
Are we good and ready? The long weekend ahead heralds the unofficial start of summer -- and the official start of grilling season. School's out, vacations beckon, and if you have a pool, jump in it because temps in the 90s have found us. Don't expect them to release their hold any time soon.
At age 17, Josh Phillips of Oktibbeha County had never played organized baseball. Never stood on a pitcher's mound, staring down home plate. Never worried about a two-knuckle grip or the mechanics of a curveball.
Loaves & Fishes Community Soup Kitchen's annual fundraiser will have a different look this time around.
With a whole summer patio party season before us, my thoughts wander to alternatives for the same-old burgers and hot dogs we often fall back on. Influenced by Cinco de Mayo just past, I've started thinking specifically about empanadas for an upcoming birthday celebration with a fiesta flair.
As a young mother, Lorena Thomas was feeling a bit lost in 2010. She had two small daughters born 18 months apart, no experience with children and few people to lean on or ask advice of.
For a fourth year, the Northside Charity Boil organized by Colin and Desiree Krieger will benefit the Golden Triangle Homeless Coalition.
Surely it was only a month or two ago that students went back to class after Christmas. Or so it seems to me. But no, graduations are upon us. Mississippi State's seniors received diplomas this past weekend and soon area high schools -- and The W -- will send their newly-minted graduates out into the world. So, it's party time -- a final send-off to honor graduates at one of the most exciting junctures in a young life. There are many ways to make it special; here are just a few to consider.
Jamarius Daniels stared intently at the chess board in front of him. The seventh-grader propped his elbow on the table, his hand motionless in the air as he considered battle plans and risks. After a quiet moment, he began snapping his fingers.
"I have a plan," he murmured. Snap, snap, snap.
After years devoted to feeding school children in Columbus, Dot Reichle is taking off the chef's apron. Tuesday was her last day as food service manager at Heritage Academy. It marks not only a departure from school service, but from a career also spent feeding the community at large.
It seems fitting that American flags came to the rescue of a man born on the Fourth of July.
For J.D. Fondren and his wife, Adrianne, crafting wooden replicas of the flag has gone from an idea to a demanding occupation in fewer than four short months. It's also lifted the young couple from Steens from what they describe as a "low" in January to new heights of fulfillment.
The sound of a buzzer sent cheers through the Columbus Christian Academy gym filled with students April 18. The occasion was a Feed the Need "packing party," the culmination of a month-long, mission-based CCA fundraiser.
As the school year races toward its close and summer is in the wings, the Mississippi State University Extension Service offers four timely Quick Bites programs in May.
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