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Local soap and candle maker is one of nearly 200 vendors preparing for Market Street Festival

Posted 4/17/2009 in Entertainment

Chris McDill has been creating something from almost nothing since he was “ ... old enough to have my hands on anything.”


Saturday marks opening day for Farmers’ Market

Posted 4/17/2009 in Entertainment

As sunshine and mild temperatures become more consistent, Mother Earth is beginning to yield the first of what promises to be months of delicious, homegrown goodness for the table.


‘Boss’ Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne to appear in West Point

Posted 4/17/2009 in Entertainment

They’re gaudy, brash and shamelessly funny. And if you can’t tell that from the Sweet Potato Queens’ lime sequined outfits and big red hair, maybe one of the “Boss Queen’s” books — like the No. 1 New York Times Best Seller “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay or Dead” — will clarify the point.

Curtain opens on ‘The Pajama Game’ at Heritage April 24-26

Posted 4/17/2009 in Entertainment

There’s trouble brewing on the pajama factory floor, and only delicate negotiations will quell it. But while the leader of the union grievance committee and the handsome new factory superintendent square off — and fall in love — the audience can count on “The Pajama Game” to entertain with Broadway-style show numbers at Heritage Academy April 24-26.


Adele Elliott: Captains courageous

Posted 4/17/2009 in Columns

There are days when the news seems surreal. So often we wonder if we really understood what we heard or read. “Pirates Off the Coast of Somalia.” “Airliner Lands on the Hudson River.”



Roger Truesdale: It can’t be just luck ... or can it?

Posted 4/17/2009 in Columns

Before you begin reading this Sunday’s interesting and informative “Strummin’,” you should know that I’m lucky.


Heart of the home: Three kitchens welcome visitors during Columbus Girlchoir fundraiser

Posted 4/15/2009 in Food

The kitchen, it is often said, is the heart of a home, a central place of gathering and sharing. To get it “just right,” to create that place of comfort and welcome, is always an aspiration. And who doesn’t enjoy a glimpse into how homeowners, designers and builders turn the vision into a reality?

Art and architecture meet the past in artist's detailed drawings of Columbus

Posted 4/10/2009 in Entertainment

Tracie Grace Lyons is convinced old buildings have stories to tell. Armed with rulers, watercolors and a keen eye to the past, the Mississippi State University fine arts major is giving visual voice to as many of those as she can.

Ean Evans’ friends to rock Columbus at Mississippi Kid Festival

Posted 4/10/2009 in Entertainment

Those who know him best will tell you he’s one of the good guys. Selfless, generous with time, talent and encouragement. Ean Evans — “The Mississippi Kid” — has spent years doing for others. And now friends want to do something for him.

Golden Triangle gears up for Relay for Life

Posted 4/10/2009 in Entertainment

Eager supporters of every age are breaking in their walking shoes for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life April 24 at Saunders Field (Magnolia Bowl). This signature event celebrates courage, survivorship and remembrance for every individual and family who has battled the disease.

Friendship Cemetery to get a face lift

Posted 4/10/2009 in Entertainment

Rakes and garden gloves are encouraged, but not essential. A willing heart and pair of hands are the primary tools needed to be an integral part of the Community Day of Service April 18 at Friendship Cemetery.


Macon welcomes Jim Anderson pottery exhibit Friday at Welcome Center

Posted 4/10/2009 in Entertainment

Jim Anderson took a learned path on the way to being a potter whose works have been exhibited throughout the mid-South. On Friday, April 17, an exhibit of the Hernando resident’s work opens at the Macon Welcome Center on South Jefferson Street, where it will be through May 8.



Betty Stone: Another take on the point of view

Posted 4/10/2009 in Columns

In my last column I passed along a story of Tom Hardy illustrating how an incident can be seen from two points of view. Coincidentally, about the same time Linda Lodato shared with me an illustration of how time can produce two different points of view.



Adele Elliott: A personal pilgrimage

Posted 4/10/2009 in Columns

I have had the great good fortune of loving two cities that other people find fascinating. Both Columbus and New Orleans are beautiful, and rich with history. They are much desired destinations for those who live in generic places where life has a sameness and the houses are unnamed.


Church dessert auction raises ‘hoots, hollers’

Posted 4/8/2009 in Food

It’s an unlikely place for a bidding war, but the action in the church fellowship hall has everyone riveted. Back and forth the spotter’s attention flies, following competition spurred on by a shrewd auctioneer. The dollar amount increases; delighted gasps rise from the crowd.


Anne Freeze: Spring memories ... of coconut?

Posted 4/8/2009 in Columns

For the past week or two coconut cake has been on my mind, and I’m not quite sure why. Not just any old generic coconut cake, but my mother’s. She did not bake cakes often, just the rum cakes for Christmas presents and a cake for birthdays.


JA Charity Ball royalty honored for service to others

Posted 4/4/2009 in Entertainment

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus honored its 2009 Charity Ball king and queen Saturday at Trotter Convention Center during the 59th annual Charity Ball and Pageant.

Building back: Virginia volunteers resurrect burned Tabernacle cabin

Posted 4/4/2009 in Entertainment

The Rev. Ron Thomas remembers the phone call that came that late November Sunday.

A stitch in time: Area quilters advance to semifinals in international show

Posted 4/4/2009 in Entertainment

Sharon Hedrick, of Columbus, and Julia Graber, of Brooksville, have been selected as two of 388 semifinalists for the 25th anniversary American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest April 22-25 in Paducah, Ky.

A century later, Friendship’s weeping angel still inspires

Posted 4/4/2009 in Entertainment

She is one of the most photographed ladies in Columbus, her image gracing magazines, brochures and gallery walls. She captures imaginations and inspires artists. And, even after 118 years, the weeping angel of Friendship Cemetery still keeps a silent and poignant vigil over the grave of the Rev. Thomas Cox Teasdale, the ninth pastor of First Baptist Church in Columbus, who died in 1891, at the age of 83.


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