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Carlos the camel in Montana has a Mississippi connection

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Carlos lets out a long, low-pitched protest moan -- sounding suspiciously like Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movies -- as Jim Watson says "sook sook" and gently pulls the enormous camel's head and halter downward.

In the garden with Felder: Take time to savor the season

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

I appreciate all seasons, but the relaxed Mississippi autumn brings out a joyous if wistful rush in me.

 

Playing in the dirt: Protect the plants and 'feed' the tree

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

You may recall that I mentioned at this time last year that there are 400-plus varieties of holly. But would you believe it's hard to find some when you want some?

 

 

Out There for the week of December 9, 2018

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

 

 

Community Calendar for the week of December 9, 2018

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

 

Shackouls Honors College celebrates 50 years of honors education

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Mississippi State's Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is celebrating 50 years of the university's honors program supporting some of the nation's best and brightest students in their pursuit of educational excellence.

 

Cage-free unit for hens is added to MSU poultry department

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

A new poultry research facility at Mississippi State University is addressing the growing consumer and corporate demands for cage-free eggs.

 

Southern Gardening: Select, care well for Christmas poinsettias

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

It's that time of year again for shopping, eating, delivery trucks and poinsettias. Yep -- it's the Christmas season.

 

Participants needed for unique UA autism study

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

University of Alabama researchers are seeking youth participants for a theater-based autism spectrum disorder study cohort to begin in January 2019.

 

 

Worth the drive: Rainwater explores 'The Christmas Star' in free program Friday

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi offers a free public program for the holiday season at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. "The Christmas Star," presented by Rainwater Observatory Director Edwin Faughn, is sponsored by 4-County Electric Power Association.

 

 

School news: Phi Kappa Phi inductees

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

 

Gingerbread gets elegant: Elevate gingerbread to a pretty layer cake for the holidays

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish.

Crinkle cookies look pretty but can they taste better?

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Rolled in powdered sugar before baking, chocolate crinkle cookies (often called earthquakes) feature chocolaty fissures that break through the bright white surface during baking. While striking in appearance, these cookies often fall short on taste.

Old stale bread can be transformed into croutons

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Don't throw out stale bread. Seriously, don't. Baguettes, sliced sandwich bread and even loaves of crusty white bread can be recycled into homemade croutons.

Tenderize and tackle tough short ribs in a sous vide bath

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Beef short ribs are a prime example of how the precise control of time and temperature afforded by sous vide cooking can affect a piece of meat.

Yukon Gold potatoes are the gold standard for this gratin

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Potato gratin is a notoriously heavy side dish, laden with cream and gooey cheese. We wanted to shift the focus of this classic side dish to the potatoes.

Lucca: A hero dog is remembered with display at Starkville's library

Posted 12/1/2018 in Community

It may seem inconspicuous at first, the display case near the entrance of the Starkville Public Library. Take time to pause there, though, and meet Lucca, a remarkable dog -- a military hero that served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, leading more than 400 patrols as she searched for explosives, targets and ammunition. No soldier was ever injured on her patrol watch.

Christmas countdown continues with Wassail Fest Friday

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

Downtown Columbus will all but jingle with holiday spirit when the 15th annual Wassail Fest gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday.

Columbus Sings 'Messiah' -- a treasured tradition returns

Posted 12/1/2018 in Entertainment

Posters are out, soloists confirmed, arrangements made for 150 chairs for choir and orchestra, and movers set to transport the harpsichord graciously loaned by First Baptist Church. James Allen and co-organizers of the annual Columbus Sings 'Messiah' are doing all they can in preparation for two performances Dec. 11 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus.

Photo: Meet the Junior Grand Marshals

Posted 12/1/2018 in Community

Winners in the Columbus Christmas Parade Art Contest receive awards and prize monies Wednesday from Main Street Columbus parade planning committee members at The Commercial Dispatch offices. The local students will serve as junior grand marshals in the city's 7 p.m. Christmas parade Monday. They are, in front, from left, Luciana Gurrola, David Ross Chism, Andrew Bradberry and Carter Hutchins. Second row: Isabella Kerstetter, Isaac Zarandona, Isabelle Gilman, Ava Williams and Sadey McCraw. Behind them, from left, are committee members Lisa Kerby, Shannon Bowen, Jimmy Parker and Barbara Bigelow. More than 300 artworks were submitted in the contest.

 

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