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.
For the past two centuries, worshipers have gathered at Shaeffer's Chapel in the Lowndes County Prairie to share their faith.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Mississippi State University Extension Service Quick Bites programs for October run the gamut from flower power to updates on the Roundup controversy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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