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Bake it for breakfast

Posted yesterday in Food

There's something about the teasing taste of fall we've had that stirs thoughts of plaid stadium blankets, wood smoke, cozy sweaters -- and comfort foods.


Pinwheels for peace

Posted 9/19/2020 in Community

Imagine more than 200 handmade pinwheels spinning in the breeze, each one bearing a hope for peace from a child. That colorful sight will greet anyone passing Annunciation Catholic School at 232 N. Browder St. in Columbus on Monday -- International Day of Peace.


Hazard Lecture to celebrate Beethoven with virtual concert

Posted 9/19/2020 in Entertainment

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most admired composers in history.


At-home tailgate

Posted 9/16/2020 in Food

After what feels like an interminably long dry spell, football fans are finally getting a taste of what the 2020 season will look like.


A safe place to share: A 30-Day Challenge, virtual race and more mark Suicide Prevention Awareness Month at Contact Helpline

Posted 9/12/2020 in Community

Heather Reed was in her mid-30s when she swallowed too many pills. It was her first of several suicide attempts years ago.


Upcoming Art Walk marks first downtown-wide event of 2020

Posted 9/12/2020 in Community

After months of community events like Market Street Festival and Sounds of Summer canceled due to COVID-19, downtown Columbus will welcome the 2020 Art Walk on Thursday, Sept. 24.


Pair up with pears: Versatile fruit goes from sweet to savory

Posted 9/9/2020 in Food

Years ago, a Plant the Town initiative in Columbus saw hundreds of Bradford pears planted along highways and byways in the city. The tree known for its white spring blossoms seemed to become all the local rage, as they say.


Read me a story: With quacks, neighs and moos, homegrown storytime gains a global audience

Posted 9/5/2020 in Community

Time was, pre-COVID-19, when children's librarian Loraine Walker -- "Miss Rainey" -- would regularly read books to wide-eyed youngsters at the Starkville Public Library. More often than not, she enlisted animal hand puppets as helpers. Most eager listeners were regulars who came for the stories, smiles and hugs.


Wellness Center to sponsor 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in West Point

Posted 9/5/2020 in Community

West Point firefighter Leon Kelley knows where he will be on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks that altered the world.


Labor Day and Julio: Options for some standby sides

Posted 9/2/2020 in Food

Labor Day weekends around my house growing up often meant patio dinners. I loved them. Today, I especially love the memories of them. Thinking back on those outdoor suppers evokes a warm, happy mash of extended family, laughter and my younger sister and I helping carry dishes to and fro.


Pandemic painting: When there's 'nothing else to do,' express yourself

Posted 8/29/2020 in Community

In March, Ralph Null was making plans to see more of the world. He is an avid seasoned traveler. Instead, a global pandemic sent him only as far as the small studio at his riverside home in Columbus.


Smith's new novel announced for January release

Posted 8/29/2020 in Entertainment

Publishers Little, Brown and Co. have announced Michael Farris Smith's latest novel, "Nick," will be released Jan. 5, 2021.


Brighten school days -- any days -- with breakfast

Posted 8/26/2020 in Food

School -- in whatever form that means for your household -- is back in session. For kids, sleeping in is (or should be) just a memory now. Families have spent the past six months adjusting in every way, shape and form. Fall semester 2020 calls for no less.


This bee guardian performs a valuable service, while getting in touch with something greater than self

Posted 8/22/2020 in Community

For Ali Pinion, beekeeper, there really is no such thing as a "typical day at the office." Work may send her off to extract bees from an attic, or make tinctures and candles from products of the hive, or even climb 12 feet up a tree convincing thousands of honey bees to change their permanent address.


Quick Bites is back and offering options

Posted 8/22/2020 in Community

September will see the return of Mississippi State University Extension Service's Quick Bites programs.


Dips are just-right for summer's last days

Posted 8/19/2020 in Food

Admittedly, I haven't gotten out and about much during "corona-geddon," as a niece refers to this pandemic period. But this past Friday, I really needed some sympathy cards.


Connected spirit: A pandemic-induced change of course can sometimes yield a blessing

Posted 8/15/2020 in Community

As the noon hour Wednesday approached, Tavetia Hughes in Columbus double-checked that she had everything needed close at hand. The house was quiet as she waited with her phone. Her husband graciously finds elsewhere to be during this planned 60 or so minutes each week.


4-H to offer masks, sanitizer to west Lowndes residents

Posted 8/15/2020 in Community

The West Lowndes 4-H Club will hold a drive-through giveaway of masks for children and adults, plus hand sanitizer, from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 for communities in west Lowndes County.


Food for the soul: Casserole Kitchen adapts to continue its mission

Posted 8/12/2020 in Food

Key to navigating these months of global pandemic has been adaptability. It's been vital for the workplace -- and in nonprofit organizations as well. Everywhere, heads and hearts behind charitable efforts have had come together to find a way. That's true at the Casserole Kitchen in Starkville.


Designing for the future: Local citizens are among many with ideas for a new state flag

Posted 8/8/2020 in Community

An opportunity like this is rare. That's what Jim McAnally of Columbus felt when he learned the public could submit ideas for Mississippi's official new flag.



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