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A Gathering Space: New concept offers connection, growth, support in an uncertain time

Posted 7/11/2020 in Community

What would returning to school even be like? Will I ever get back to 40 hours? It's months since I've been able to hug Mom. Should I worry about my 401K? Do we postpone the wedding until it's safer to bring everyone together? Can I keep my business afloat? I'm so lonely. Will this ever end? Stressors spawned by the coronavirus pandemic cover the spectrum. For many people, concerns unimagined six months ago have emerged. That's why four Golden Triangle women created A Gathering Space -- "tips, tools and a break from the chaos."


Summer fritters: Don't miss out on fresh corn, one of summer's best gifts

Posted 7/8/2020 in Food

It's no exaggeration to say some of the best corn I've ever had came from a farmers market -- the Hitching Lot in Columbus, to be exact. The sight of the butter-yellow cobs on a market vendor's stand always reminds me of that.


Elayne, going strong: The 'doctor of dots' is at it again

Posted 7/4/2020 in Community

Some call her "the doctor of dots" or "the dot lady." Galleries tend to call her an acclaimed folk artist. Elayne Goodman simply carries on, determined not to take herself too seriously, turning the world around her into one of unbridled color and imagination.


Boys & Girls Clubs extend closure through summer

Posted 7/4/2020 in Community

Activity and laughter would normally fill every Boys & Girls Club facility in the Golden Triangle on a typical July weekday.


'Margaret's mayo': Dot Reichle shares her mama's homemade mayo, in time for a Fourth feast

Posted 7/1/2020 in Food

Dot Reichle is a woman of many talents, perhaps none so well-known as her tasty touch with food. With family Fourth of July spreads just ahead, she shares one of the secrets to her success -- her mama's homemade mayonnaise recipe. It was one of Margaret Evans' culinary signatures, often given to friends as gifts.


They're heeere: Tomatoes -- a summer super favorite

Posted 6/24/2020 in Food

Is the tomato sandwich a Southern invention? We can't say for sure, but we do know lots of folks around here seem to consider it the essence of summertime.


Teach your children well: On Father's Day, one dad talks about intentional life lessons

Posted 6/20/2020 in Community

A recurring thump of empty 5-gallon buckets on concrete punctuated a hot afternoon at the Operation Ukraine warehouse in Columbus Wednesday. In spite of the heat, three children aged 12 and younger energetically sorted the donated containers like experienced pros. They have been doing it for the past five years. Doing that, and more.


100+ Women Who Care adapts to give Impact Award

Posted 6/20/2020 in Community

Where there's a will, there's a way -- and the Loaves & Fishes Community Soup Kitchen is a beneficiary of that resolve.


Helping Hands, United Way seek fan donations

Posted 6/20/2020 in Community

Helping Hands and United Way of Lowndes and Noxubee Counties are once again combining forces to collect box fans for residents who need help beating summer's heat. Many are seniors who may not have working air conditioning, or who are living on fixed incomes and unable to afford running existing cooling units.


Tasty dishes from the garden

Posted 6/17/2020 in Food

A modest but steady stream of cars pulled up as the Hitching Lot Farmers Market opened at 4 p.m. Monday in Columbus. Monday is often a light day for the market, but those with produce to sell were kept fairly busy with customers who lined up, socially distanced, for early picks of the fresh corn, squash, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers and blackberries available.


Can't stop Camp Rising Sun

Posted 6/13/2020 in Community

Three, two one -- and Camp Rising Sun was live online from downtown Columbus, into homes of kids in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The global pandemic didn't derail the 2020 camp for children who are being treated, or have been treated, for cancer. It did give it a new look.


Lingering effect

Posted 6/10/2020 in Food

A few days ago I made the dreaded periodic trip to the grocery. After scoping out the parking lot to gauge how crowded the place was, I took my chances.


Worship and workshop: This 'pastor by day, artist by night' says never be afraid to try something new

Posted 6/6/2020 in Community

One might wonder, how many people who know Jimmy Criddle as lead pastor of Columbus' First United Methodist Church realize he is also a dedicated mixed-media artist?


Pandemic can't stop CRS: camp goes virtual

Posted 6/6/2020 in Community

Bustle filled Venue 208 in downtown Columbus May 30 as Camp Rising Sun volunteers packed almost 40 "magic boxes."


JA Charity Ball canceled due to pandemic

Posted 6/6/2020 in Community

A multi-decade tradition in Columbus is one of the latest to be derailed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Think 'dairy' to support industry hard-hit by pandemic

Posted 6/3/2020 in Food

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many tough sights have come our way via national news and social media. One of them is footage of thousands of gallons of milk being pumped out onto the ground. June is National Dairy Month, but the dairy industry -- and produce farmers in general -- have been hard-hit by a coronavirus that gutted demand.


Did you know? This Columbus city official is also an author

Posted 5/30/2020 in Community

David Armstrong will tell you he has a real left brain/right brain dichotomy going on.


MSMS seniors adapt, excel in spite of pandemic

Posted 5/30/2020 in Community

On the day Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science senior Linda Arnoldus had hoped to walk across the stage in Mississippi University for Women's Whitfield Hall to receive her diploma, the 17-year-old instead sat on a sofa with family members at her home in Starkville to watch a streamed virtual graduation.


Health concerns silence music at the Riverwalk

Posted 5/30/2020 in Community

What would have been a 13th summer of sunset concerts by the water at the Columbus Riverwalk has been canceled.


Dreams, interrupted: A licensed psychologist looks at the pandemic's impact on our sleep

Posted 5/24/2020 in Community

Tossing. Turning. Waking in the night with remnants of fitful dreams troubling the mind. That's what Denise began to experience around mid-April. The stressed single mother, who asked that her last name remain private, had her work hours reduced in March due to COVID-19. She is not alone.



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