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Tradition and transition: Columbus Pilgrimage signals a farewell, and a welcome

Posted yesterday in Community

Change tends to come slowly to a venerable 79-year tradition like the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. But, as with all things, change does come with the passage of time. This year's annual Pilgrimage marks an exit, and an entrance -- a farewell to the tour by one homeowner family, and the beginning of another family's antebellum journey.


Thursday's kickoff party, special events highlight Pilgrimage

Posted yesterday in Entertainment

Thursday marks the kickoff of the 79th annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage -- nine days of historic home and garden tours, Tales from the Crypt, Catfish in the Alley, Artisans Alley, a barn quilt trail, carriage rides, garden party, 5K run, food, music and fun.


'Meet the Author' hosts Harker Tuesday at Fant Library

Posted yesterday in Entertainment

Fant Memorial Library at Mississippi University for Women will host writer Jaime Harker at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday as it continues its Meet the Author Series.


West Point Arts Council's 'Hee Haw' revisits the 'kornfield'

Posted 3/16/2019 in Entertainment

All the favorites will be there -- "Grandpa Jones," "Minnie Pearl," "Lulu," "Junior" and the rest -- when the West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents "Hee Haw" March 28-30 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts in West Point.


Area filmmaker begins next feature film with MAC assist

Posted 3/16/2019 in Community

Independent filmmaker Michael Williams of West Point has more stories to tell. A $5,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) will help him do it.


Grab-and-go breakfast

Posted 3/13/2019 in Food

Stirred by some internal, infernal clock, I reluctantly opened an eye Monday morning, relieved to see the sky still dark. Foggily judging the time to be about 4:30 a.m., I thankfully figured I had a couple more hours to dream. Reality intruded seemingly five minutes later when the alarm -- set for 6:30 -- sounded off. How could it possibly be time to get up for work?


Rev up: An iconic car inspires one owner to try to get a new club started

Posted 3/9/2019 in Community

After a more than 30-year career, plus 13 years in the Army and Active Guard Reserves, Vantee Summerville finally "scratched an itch" he'd had since his days at Columbus' Hunt High School. Today, it gleams in his driveway, a sleek, powerful machine in metallic navy blue.


JA of Columbus announces 2019 Charity Ball court

Posted 3/9/2019 in Community

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus has announced the members of its 69th annual Charity Ball court that will be presented March 30 at Trotter Convention Center.


Luck o' the Irish

Posted 3/6/2019 in Food

Ah, March -- bringer of St. Patrick's Day. The holiday is not overlooked in the Golden Triangle. More about that in a minute.


Storm's wake: In the midst of calamity, giving back shines through

Posted 3/2/2019 in Community

Neighbors looking out their windows might have wondered what was going on in the middle of Eighth Avenue South Wednesday morning. Few would realize it was nothing short of a spontaneous prayer meeting, a mountaintop moment prompted by an unselfish act of kindness and the recipient's great joy.


Ten years on, bluesman's memory is celebrated with music

Posted 3/2/2019 in Entertainment

Ten years ago, in March, bluesman Willie King of Old Memphis, Alabama, packed the Columbus Arts Council's Omnova Theater with fans who reveled in the music, just as they had when he'd frequently played there before. No one knew it would be his last performance.


Columbus library blooms in quilted colors

Posted 3/2/2019 in Entertainment

A spring exhibit of colorful quilts will fill the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library this month and next.


A taste of the Big Easy

Posted 2/27/2019 in Food

Renee Verner hopes this past Saturday is the one and only time a tornado warning sends her hurrying to shelter in the middle of prepping to feed several hundred people. It makes for just a little too much excitement.


Calling all lifelong learners: LION launches 'Learning in Our Neighborhood'

Posted 2/24/2019 in Community

Years ago, Marilyn Ford would help her daughter Brandi fall asleep with adventurous tales of Sir Gawain, an humble knight in service to King Arthur. The chivalric stories from a late 14th-century Middle English romance are some of Ford's favorites. Soon, she will get to share the Arthurian quests with inquisitive adults in a class titled "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."


Cardio for Kids teaches youngsters life-saving techniques

Posted 2/24/2019 in Community

"Awesome" was the word 10-year-old Shelby Reeves used to describe what she learned at Cardio for Kids Feb 16. Reeves and other youngsters were taught how to administer CPR and how to use an AED -- automated external defibrillator -- at the event presented by Columbus Cardiovascular Care on Willowbrook Road.


Every day's a (food) holiday

Posted 2/20/2019 in Food

Food "holidays" amaze me. It's hard to name a food that doesn't have a day or month devoted to its celebration. February is National Chocolate Lovers Month (of course). And National Potato Lovers Month. And National Cherry Month, Grapefruit Month, Snack Food Month and Hot Breakfast Month, to name a few. But it gets better.


Threads through time: A discovery of old letters links families, preserves county history

Posted 2/16/2019 in Community

Lynne Rosamond carefully unfolds a letter from another century. The handwriting is small and close, the paper fragile with age. Not unexpected in correspondence penned 170 years ago. It is one of several letters from the mid-1800s discovered in family memorabilia at Franklin Square, the circa 1835 home of Lilla Pratt Rosamond until her passing in 2009.


Magnolia Film Festival returns for 22nd year

Posted 2/16/2019 in Entertainment

Mississippi's oldest film festival will once again celebrate independent filmmakers with a showcase in the Golden Triangle.


JA Charity Ball ticket night set for Thursday in Columbus

Posted 2/16/2019 in Community

Tickets to an event that typically fills Trotter Convention Center each spring will become available to the public Thursday.


Sweets and savory for your Valentine

Posted 2/13/2019 in Food

With Cupid due to arrive tomorrow, anyone planning to cook for their sweetheart is fine-tuning the menu. A visit to Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Arts Institute Monday found Chef Mary Helen Hawkins showing students in a Demonstration Techniques class several options, from truffles and quick cookies to savory filet mignon.



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