Winter 2015

Blacksmith Bud Henley photographed in his store near Una in northern Clay County by Birney Imes in August

FEATURING

Backroads
Clay County stop-and-gos offer more than food and fuel — a tank of gas, a bologna sandwich and a welcoming smile

Epilogue
Carol Littlejohn and Mike Bernsen set the stage for the next chapter of their lives in their bright and breezy Plantation Pointe cottage

Community Potluck
The folks of Oktibbeha County’s Sessums Community have been gathering to dish up good food and neighborhood news for more than 80 years

The Wild Life
Sculptor and jewelry artisan Weldon Merchant of West Point has “made shiny stuff for everyone from the president of the Hell’s Angels to Ann Landers” in his long career

Shine On
Put some shimmer and sheen in your wardrobe this holiday season

IN EVERY ISSUE

Half-n-Half
A local blend of good things to know, good stuff to buy, five books from Starkville avid reader Maureen Lang’s library and local gadfly G. E. Light’s take on music and festivals in the Triangle

One Question
So bad, it’s good … the junk food we crave

3 Inspired People
Reed Hairston, Vernell Taylor and Edgar Pruitt show that kindness and generosity are worthy pursuits at any stage of life

Into the Woods
Community herbalist Lindsay Wilson shares some wisdom on the magical properties of medicinal mushrooms

Bartender’s Choice
Sara Belue of the Cotton District Grill serves up a cool cocktail for winter, the “Here’s Lookin’ At You”

Musicmaker
Behind the mic or behind the soundboard, Paul Brady makes beautiful music

It’s a Dirty Job
Down in Macon, Gene Penick has built his family business from the ground up

Seven Things
Seven things that illustrate your life? Former Columbus Air Force Base Wing Commander Nick Ardillo makes his well-grounded choices

Food for the Soul
Oh, those Southern pecans, Columbus’ Qua Austin dishes about autumn’s most versatile harvest

Personal Space
The ancient art of ’smithing is alive and well at Little Bud’s Place near Una

Seems to Me
Katie McCrary knows that life’s lessons are everywhere — especially in the woods

Social Call
A look at who’s been out and about in the Golden Triangle and beyond

Restaurant Guide