Ragtime Fest offers trip back through musical time

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The fourth annual Ragtime Jazz Festival opened in Starkville and Mississippi State University today with a syncopated toe-tapping good time. I felt like a flapper starring in “The Sting.”

It’s impossible to be unhappy listening to Ragtime musicians tinkling the keys. I recommend you get down there on Saturday and get a dose of “happy times.” I came home with piano earrings,  piano socks and some fabulous posters.

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Early Light: July turns up the heat

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Today is Thursday, July 10. It is the 192nd day of 2008 with 174 days remaining in the year. On this day in 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded in the continental United States topped out at 134 degrees! The oppressive heat melted thermometers across Death Valley, California. Oh boy! And I thought Mississippi heat was bad! Continue reading