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This bonsai hobbyist is big into the art of 'small'

Posted 10/19/2019 in Community

In a society that tends to champion "thinking big," John Weathers has instead found peace, patience and enjoyment in doing just the opposite. The Columbus man is a bonsai enthusiast.


Historic church to celebrate its 200th anniversary

Posted 10/19/2019 in Community

For the past two centuries, worshipers have gathered at Shaeffer's Chapel in the Lowndes County Prairie to share their faith.


Ready for pecans? Harvest time approaching for a fall favorite

Posted 10/16/2019 in Food

It's not uncommon at my Prairie house this time of year to look out in the front yard and see my better half on all fours with a 5-gallon bucket. No matter how many helpful harvest gadgets I buy, this is still how he prefers gathering our annual pecans.


Second blooming: Retirement fuels inspiration and a new series for Funderburk

Posted 10/12/2019 in Community

"No one told me I couldn't do it," said Brent Funderburk. And so, he did. Funderburk began decades ago honing his unique style of painting with watercolors, of interpreting with intensity, of teaching with passion. For 36 years at Mississippi State University, he inspired next generations of artists, gathering academic, teaching and research honors along the way.


Community connection: Fall shaping up for culinary outreach

Posted 10/9/2019 in Food

While the primary focus of the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) at Mississippi University for Women is to inspire and train the next generation of chefs, strengthening the university-community connection is another aim.


Asylum Hill: Intriguing story of an old cemetery reaches close to home

Posted 10/5/2019 in Entertainment

The coffins, made of pine, are decayed by time and clay soil. Simple wooden crosses thought to have marked each burial site have long since disintegrated. The mostly anonymous graves -- as many as 7,000 of them -- represent the final resting place of inhabitants who died at the Mississippi Insane Asylum in Jackson between 1855 and 1935 and were interred at the Asylum Hill Cemetery.


Teen finds the 'real thing' at unique camp

Posted 10/5/2019 in Community

When Starkville High School freshman Parker Casano went off to Camp Liberty in Battleground, Alabama, he didn't expect arts and crafts and archery. He had signed up for the veteran-owned business' Extreme Military Challenge, after all.


October is for apples

Posted 10/2/2019 in Food

Ah, autumn. Crisp nights, leaves changing and apple harvests. Well, maybe one out of three isn't so bad. We can celebrate October as National Apple Month even if any chill in the air around here is still a hope on the horizon, or at least the 10-day forecast.


Honoring those who served: DAR chapter's attention turns to war museum ... community asked to help

Posted 9/28/2019 in Community

"Look, there's an MRE in here," says Pam Bullock, pointing to a shelf in a glass display case at the Columbus War Museum. The military's "Meal, Ready-to-Eat" is next to a cardboard box of black and white photographs, a worn helmet and other memorabilia donated to the collection housed at the Columbus Municipal Complex at 1501 Main St.


Tailgate, Halloween florals, Roundup, deer disease are Quick Bites topics

Posted 9/28/2019 in Entertainment

Mississippi State University Extension Service Quick Bites programs for October run the gamut from flower power to updates on the Roundup controversy.


From Music Row to powering the future

Posted 9/21/2019 in Community

There was a time when Chase McGill, Haley Fisackerly and Lea Brigham Turnipseed reported to Heritage Academy every day for classes. Soon, however, they'll return to the Columbus school as respected alumni and guest speakers for the 28th annual Hazard Lecture Series.


Ancient Roman comedy offers theater under the sky

Posted 9/21/2019 in Entertainment

In "The Braggart Soldier," an ancient comedy by Plautus, a young Athenian man named Pleusicles must journey afar in a story that reveals a true hero in an unexpected character. First performed in Rome in 206 B.C., the play has been adapted specifically for Mississippi State's Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Classical Week.


Taste of Columbus: Restaurants, craft beers featured at weekend event

Posted 9/18/2019 in Food

Shrimp, beef kabobs, corn, gumbo, chicken, protein bars, cheese sticks, veggies, desserts, craft beers -- the list goes on. This will be a Taste of Columbus, a new event to celebrate the city's culinary vibe and to benefit the work Main Street Columbus does to beautify and revitalize the historic downtown district.


Going big: When the job gets big, Beauregard says 'I can do that'

Posted 9/14/2019 in Community

With a practiced motion, Corinne Beauregard starts the quiet electric motor of the scissor lift. Slowly, the railed platform she's standing on rises into the air, the criss-cross metal supports underneath it expanding, sending her higher, higher.


Downtown Columbus Art Walk brings artists, businesses together again

Posted 9/14/2019 in Community

More than 30 artists are creating their inventory of original paintings, hand-poured candles, woodworking, pottery, jewelry and more as the Downtown Columbus Art Walk approaches.


Church cookbooks and comfort food

Posted 9/11/2019 in Food

Cookbooks have a way of gravitating to my bookshelves here at work. At rough count, there are 15 right now, about half of them compiled by churches in the area. I have a soft spot for those collections of recipes put together by congregation members, old and young -- recipes that, in some cases, have been handed down through generations.


Caring for the Caregivers: Those caring for loved ones with dementia can reach out to each other

Posted 9/7/2019 in Community

Sheila Avery misses her best friend. Dementia is stealing her away. It began about a year ago, when Avery's mother began displaying signs of a decline in mental ability that interfered with daily life.


Columbus event pairs visual, culinary arts

Posted 9/7/2019 in Community

An event at an eatery in Taylor, near Oxford, inspired Chef Beth Broussard Rogers of Columbus about six months ago. The Taylor establishment was featuring a local artist in conjunction with a special dining experience.


Home games herald tailgate fever, food safety

Posted 9/4/2019 in Food

With both Mississippi State and Ole Miss hosting their first home games of the 2019 season Saturday, you can bet tailgate plans are in overdrive.


'Laugh Lines': Explore a lighter side of Tennessee Williams at this week's Tribute

Posted 9/3/2019 in Entertainment

When actor Daniel Talley first read the script for "Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody," he knew the 18th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute in Columbus had something uniquely entertaining in store for its audience.



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