Lifestyles Briefs: Warwick to open MSU Lyceum Series

STARKVILLE-Mississippi State University’s Lyceum Series will begin its 75th year of shows with a performance by legendary R&B singer Dionne Warwick.

The show, scheduled for Sept. 29, will kick off five show seasons featuring a variety of acts, from theater and dance troupes to brass bands. Each show will be held at 7 pm at Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.

Warwick, a six-time Grammy Award winner and the 2019 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of the most charted singers of all time. A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, three of his songs – “Walk on By,” “Alfie” and “Don’t Make Me Over” – were also inducted into the organization’s hall of fame.

Other events at the Lyceum this fall and in 2023 include:
■ Oct. 11, The Silhouettes, a shadow-dance company first runner-up in “America’s Got Talent” season six and Golden Buzzer winners in “America’s Got Talent: The Championships” in 2020. For information, visit

■ Feb. 9, The Acting Company “Romeo and Juliet,” a performance of the William Shakespeare classic. For information, visit

■ Feb. 28, “Zephyr” by Cirque Mechanics, a story about the choices people make about the Earth and its resources delivered by performers who use original equipment and high-level acrobatics in their storytelling. For information, visit

■ April 4, Boston Brass, a group that performs a variety of music styles, from classical arrangements to jazz standards. For information, visit

The renewal period for season ticket holders is now open until July 8, and new season tickets will go on sale on July 11. Miniseries tickets will be available August 1-19, and the Individual tickets to the event will go on sale on August 22nd.

For the Warwick show, tickets per seat in the main front seating area are $ 65, $ 55 in the main rear area, $ 45 on the first porch and $ 35 on the second porch.

Tickets for the general public season are $ 150 per person and $ 135 for MSU employees and senior citizens; Miniseason tickets are $ 75 per person and $ 65 for employees and senior citizens; and individual tickets to events other than the Warwick performance are $ 30 per person, $ 25 for MSU employees and senior citizens, and $ 10 for children.

MSU students can attend every performance except the Warwick show for free.

The Lyceum Series is MSU’s longest -running performing arts series and an integral part of the university’s ongoing commitment to the arts.
For information about the 2022-2023 season and tickets, visit

The nonprofit is asking for help hosting veteran’s social coffees
Operation Continue Service plans to add a veteran’s coffee socials in Lowndes County/ Columbus and Noxubee County/ Macon in the fall.

The organization helped start two coffee social runs in the Golden Triangle, one in West Point and one in Starkville. Any organization, church, social group within the Golden Triangle that would like help starting a coffee social can contact Operation Continue Service at

Golden Triangle farmers qualify for emergency support
STARKVILLE – Administrator Zach Ducheneaux has designated 10 counties in Mississippi as major natural disaster areas. Producers in Alcorn, Attala, Calhoun, Coahoma, Forrest, Holmes, Leake, Noxubee, Panola, and Yazoo counties who suffered physical damage and losses caused by the tornado and strong winds that occurred on March 30 may be eligible- must for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows the FSA to extend the required emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet a variety of recovery needs including the replacement of valuables such as equipment or animals, the reorganization of a farming operation or the refinancing of certain debts.

Producers in the counties of Bolivar, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Covington, Grenada, Hinds, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Perry , Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Scott, Sharkey, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Warren, Webster, Winston, and Yalobusha are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is January 25, 2023.

Farmers can contact their local USDA service center for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. More information is also available online at