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Being thankful

Posted yesterday in Community

As the end of 2018 hurtles toward us, we pause to be thankful. Whatever our circumstances, something in every life warrants gratitude. We asked some of our neighbors around the Golden Triangle to share a Thanksgiving memory that stands out to them, a memory they are grateful for. Hopefully all of us take time to remember more than a few, not just during this week of Thanksgiving, but all year through.


Worth the drive: Fayette's 'Christmas at the Park' returns as regional attraction

Posted yesterday in Entertainment

Don't look now, but dinosaurs have returned to roam in Fayette, Alabama, about 43 miles northeast of Columbus. These dinos, though, are bathed in festive lights and never leave Guthrie Smith Park.


A holiday 'harvest': Just in time for Thanksgiving, Country Store Bake Sale returns for a 58th year

Posted 11/14/2018 in Food

Next Tuesday marks the red letter day -- the 58th annual Country Store Bake Sale at the Stephen D. Lee Home in Columbus. It's a highlight in the community's countdown to Thanksgiving.


Main Street Columbus readies for Saturday's Holiday Market

Posted 11/11/2018 in About Town

Homegrown, homemade and handcrafted holiday gifts and foods will be showcased by about 60 vendors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during the 11th annual Hitching Lot Holiday Market in Columbus.


Choose Kindness: An anti-bullying message gives children tools to meet challenges

Posted 11/3/2018 in Community

In a 1961 episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," young Opie is being targeted daily by a school bully, shaken down for nickel milk money with threats of a knuckle sandwich.


Nature takes center stage in new exhibit of fine art photography

Posted 11/3/2018 in Entertainment

Rick Barnard's camera lens has captured a variety of stunning landscapes in the American West and the South.


Eleventh-hour Halloween hacks: Still need quick treats? These 'tricks' may help

Posted 10/31/2018 in Food

So, it's Halloween -- and somehow it creeped up on you before you knew it. You meant to pull together something cool for the kids, or neighboring trick-or-treaters, or friends getting together tonight, but time just got away from you.


History, mystery and lore: It's the season for ghosts, legends and other tales

Posted 10/27/2018 in Entertainment

A notorious train robber of the late 1800s ... a lone girl, waiting on the platform for the rumbling locomotive she hopes will bring her soldier home. Characters like these step out of the past when a chill hits the air and leaves crunch underfoot. It's a time of year when an encounter with our spirited history seems plausible, when a tingly tale heightens the senses and sparks the imagination.


Art 'n Antiques brings decorative and visual arts together

Posted 10/27/2018 in Entertainment

Fine antiques and visual artists come together under one roof Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 as Art 'n Antiques returns to the Golden Triangle.


Downtown Columbus Christmas Open House set for Nov. 2-4

Posted 10/27/2018 in Community

Door prizes, promotions and holiday merchandise will be showcased during the Downtown Christmas Open House in Columbus Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4.


Quick Bites: holiday decor to the great outdoors

Posted 10/27/2018 in Entertainment

November signals cooler weather, holidays and family events ahead.


A frightfully good time: A Columbus cook has fun with Halloween

Posted 10/24/2018 in Food

Don't let anyone say Halloween fun is just for kids. Jamie Foster is all grown up, and she looks forward to it every autumn. She and her husband, Chris, have hosted a Halloween party for several years that just keeps expanding.


Loving Emma Rose: On the path to full potential

Posted 10/20/2018 in Community

A child's trip down a schoolyard slide doesn't rank as a milestone for every parent, but for mom Melissa Rushing, it was a "Mount Everest" moment. On Oct. 8, her daughter, 5 1/2-year-old Emma Rose, independently went down a slide, after four years of coaxing.


'The Savannah Sipping Society' serves up a laugh a minute

Posted 10/20/2018 in Entertainment

What do a divorced good ole Texas gal, an uptight high-society lady, a lonely widow and a self-appointed life coach have in common? They are bound by an unexpected but much-needed friendship in "The Savannah Sipping Society."


An Oktoc tradition: Brunswick stew is just one highlight of this day in the country

Posted 10/17/2018 in Food

Today most of us take "instant access" for granted -- to people, places and information. Thanks to one device or another, be it a car or an iAnything, we seldom feel isolated in the true sense of the word. There was a time, however, when those living in rural areas were more secluded, when poor roads and slow transportation kept families closer to the homestead.


You're not alone: Cancer support groups want to make a difference

Posted 10/13/2018 in Community

Marie Mason is a veteran of the wars. Not the kind that require tactical gear and camo, but combat just the same. "This is my second time around with breast cancer. I'm a metastatic breast cancer survivor," the 67-year-old from Starkville said on a Thursday afternoon in October.


Historian to share insights on 'The Long Shadow of World War I'

Posted 10/13/2018 in Entertainment

One century after the end of the First World War, the hunt for the past and people's relatives has never been greater. On Monday, Oct. 22, historian Andrew Pouncey of Germantown, Tennessee, will talk about that at the Hazard Lecture Series in Columbus.


Earth lessons: SEED garden helps kids 'grow' smarter

Posted 10/10/2018 in Food

If you've never caught sight of a garden fairy, some of the children at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville might tell you what they look like. They can have carrot legs, arms made of sugar snap pea pods, a cauliflower head and spinach leaves for wings. And with a little ranch dressing, they're quite tasty.


Laugh it up: Lab Rats 'think less, talk more' in a place where there are no dumb ideas

Posted 10/6/2018 in Community

It's a Wednesday night, something after 9 p.m., and the Lab Rats have reported for practice in Mississippi State's Allen Hall. It's a twice-weekly appointment they keep, one that hones their improv comedy chops for the monthly shows they put on for the public. Making an audience laugh isn't a matter of luck or chance -- it takes some skills.


October heralds My Book's drive to boost Lowndes' literacy

Posted 10/6/2018 in Community

Local mailboxes will soon contain a letter My Book of Lowndes County volunteers hope recipients will not ignore. So do many children throughout the county, whether they know it or not.



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