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Rufus Ward: Tombigbee River: What does it mean?

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

I recently spoke to the Rotary Club in Columbus about steamboats on the Tombigbee River. That presentation resulted in my being questioned about the origin of the name Tombigbee. “Where did that name come from and what does it mean?”

Casserole Kitchen: Starkville food ministry feeds body and soul

Posted 2/24/2010 in Food

There are any number of things teenage boys might be doing on a Saturday morning — sleeping in, playing video games, shooting hoops. But on at least the third Saturday of every month, one group of young men is busy giving back to the community.

Warp and weft: MUW offers a rare opportunity to learn a timeless art

Posted 2/20/2010 in Entertainment

It may have been an intricate spider web, or perhaps a sturdy bird’s nest. No one is quite sure what inspired early man to experiment with weaving, but archaeologists think it’s probably the first craft developed by humans.


Volunteers sought for Camp Rising Sun

Posted 2/20/2010 in Entertainment

For 22 years, Camp Rising Sun has provided children with cancer the opportunity to participate in a traditional summer camp. Volunteers who give their time, talent and resources make the camp possible.



MUW’s Smart Start Series benefits women in business

Posted 2/20/2010 in Entertainment

Mississippi University for Women will host the 2010 Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Smart Start Series.


MUW offers playful take on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Posted 2/20/2010 in Entertainment

One of William Shakespeare’s most whimsical and popular works, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will come to life Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the creative hands of the Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre.

Heritage Academy students help Haiti

Posted 2/20/2010 in Entertainment

A simple e-mail started it all. Kathy Cadden of Operation Ukraine notified Beth Lucas of Heritage Academy about the organization’s dire need, as she worked to collect supplies to aid those affected by the Haitian earthquake.


Adele Elliott: Lent

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

I am packing up my Mardi Gras décor, storing ornaments and masks and beads in a well-marked box until next year. It is with great reluctance that I put these things out of sight. Chris and I never get tired of the fleur de lis, or that weird color combination of purple, green and gold.



Shannon Bardwell: Leaping lizards

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

Sometimes you can’t go to the river to fish. It’s too high or too muddy or too cold; it’s too late or too something. That’s when Sam and I started fishing in the prairie pond. I had to learn a different kind of fishing because there’s no crappie in the prairie pond.



David Creel: The little black dress

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

Think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as the minx becomes the young lover. Think Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, especially the pre-Onassis period. Think Jane Wyman descending the stairs of Falcon Crest as the grand dame of 1980s television or your own mother preparing for a country club luncheon with the girls.



Rob Hardy: And they were wonderful teachers

Posted 2/16/2010 in Columns

When we think of the American witch hunts of the 1950s, we are right to remember Joe McCarthy and the un-American pursuit of citizens who didn’t have the right political ideas. There were other sides to the persecutions, however, less famous but still historically significant.



From Carnegie Hall to Columbus, African Children’s Choir spreads a joyful noise

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

They may be small in stature, but their combined voices and joyful spirit soar. The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir brings a “Journey of Hope” to the Golden Triangle Saturday, March 6.



Magnolia Film Festival attracts worldwide films

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

On Feb. 18-20, the Starkville Area Arts Council continues the tradition by showcasing 35 films submitted from as close to home as Columbus, Starkville and West Point — and as far away as Canada, Spain and Italy.



Author returns to Columbus with new novel

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

Joe Lee, a Starkville native and a graduate of Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his new suspense thriller, “The Magnolia Triangle” (Dogwood Press, 2009), at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.


A Victorian Valentine tea party serves up cookies and etiquette

Posted 2/14/2010 in Entertainment

“It is the social event of the season ... for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds,” Edwina Williams smiles.


Adele Elliott: Secret loves

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

February is a romantic month, or so they tell us.



Shannon Bardwell: To catch an angler

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Cleaning out some boxes I ran across a yearbook Mississippi College had compiled for incoming freshman. Each student submitted a photograph and a bio.



Betty Stone: Valentine love

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns



David Creel: If I could turn back time

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Beauty is ageless.



Cinderella’s closet is open

Posted 2/14/2010 in About Town

A local philanthropic group, The Cinderella Project of Lowndes County, will be conducting its first annual “Gown a Gal” dress distribution Saturday, Feb. 27, at the former Lia Fashions building on Highway 45 North in Columbu



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