From the Editor

Story Stacy Clark

Spend some time in the Golden Triangle and you’re bound to run into a character or two. Eccentric, spirited people with unique philosophies, who don’t worry so much about following the herd.

The pages of the spring issue are filled with several such folks, like Bud Watt, the shirtless pied piper of bees (and their keepers) in Noxubee County. Then there are Darlene and Major Cox of West Point, who’ll find a spot at their dinner table for each and every neighbor in need (or those who just can’t resist the enticing smell coming from Major’s smoker). We have collectors galore in the Triangle, from West Point’s Kathy Dyess and her nutcrackers to Columbus’ Bernard Taylor and his clowns. And while you wouldn’t call it a collection, Dianne Patterson of Columbus’ squadron of tiny winged dinner guests are certainly a sight to behold.

It’s colorful, passionate neighbors like these who make our community a one-of-a-kind place to live, and we are delighted to introduce them to you.

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