Spring 2014

Catfish Alley Spring 2014 Cover featuring author Deborah Johnson

Author Deborah Johnson photographed by Whitten Sabbatini at Temple Heights, the circa 1837 antebellum home of Dixie Butler in Columbus

COVER STORY: The Secret of Deborah’s Magic
The fictionalized murder of a returning black World War II hero and the unlikely people it brings together are at the center of Columbus author Deborah Johnson’s new novel, The Secret of Magic

Resurrecting Elsie
Vision and enterprise turned a circa 1926 Bordon Milk plant into Starkville’s stylish Central Station

Weekend at Bud’s
There’s some whispering going on at Bud Watts’ place in Noxubee County — bee whispering that is

A Good Ol’ Day at French Camp
Discover the rustic peace and pace of French Camp, on the scenic Natchez Trace

A Sweet Prairie Shindig
Karen and Raymond Overstreet revisit the days of sun bonnets and six-shooters on their Lowndes County farm

A Beautiful Day
… at Bryn Bella, the circa 1848 antebellum home of Chrissy and Keith Heard in Columbus — the setting for a look at spring fashion


From the Editor

Half-n-HalfA flavorful mix of good things to know, good stuff to buy and a calendar of events coming up this fall in the Golden Triangle and beyond

The Avid ReaderWest Point avid reader Lawrence Frye’s top picks

The SpotLightG.E. Light’s take on the Golden Triangle’s cultural milieu

One QuestionElvis nutcrackers? World Fair thimbles? One Question proves we are all gatherers

3 Inspired People — Major and Darlene Cox, Tavetia Hughes and Yingmei Yang go the extra mile for their Golden Triangle neighbors

Food for the SoulThe dish on deviled eggs, with Columbus’ Anne Freeze

For the BirdsWelcome to Dianne and Jim Patterson’s winged world of hummingbirds in Columbus

Bartender’s Choice Get a load of Barton Dinkins’ spirited sweet tea at Bin 612

MusicmakerStarkville’s Chip Templeton long ago found his rhythm, in music and business

Seven Things — 8-year-old Lathan Dunbar-Keys shares his favorite things

Personal SpaceSteve Barnett sights in on rare finds at his specialty gun shop in West Point

A Letter Home West Point native Michelle Armstrong injects some Southern soul into Hanoi, Vietnam

Social CallA photographic look at area events and who’s been out and about

Restaurant GuideYour guide to Golden Triangle eateries, and a visit to The Twisted Burger Company in West Point

Parting Shot