Spring 2015

Catfish Alley Spring 2015 cover featuring the Sparta Opry

Catfish Alley takes a trip to Chickasaw County’s Sparta Opry, where musicians like Donnie Davis have been entertaining the faithful Friday night crowd for nearly three decades.


Friday Night Lights
Friday nights in Chickasaw County were never the same once Sparta Opry’s neon guitar began to glow

Into the Woods
Like others before her, Starkville herbalist Lindsay Wilson taps into the healing power of plants

Home Sweet Home
The McShan clan’s enchanting Southside Columbus Victorian

The Bowyer of Choctaw County
Since boyhood Bobby Cooper has crafted bows and arrows. The bowyer’s elegant longbows evoke and pay tribute to earlier civilizations

Waiting for Spring
Wet a hook, swing in a hammock, dance on a tire swing; it’s time to observe the rites of spring



From the Editor 

Half-n-Half — A local blend of good things to know, good stuff to buy

The Avid Reader Avid reader Lynn Reinschmiedt’s top book picks

The SpotLight — Local gadfly G. E. Light’s take on Starkville’s newest performance venue and the “Monuments” man at The W’s Welty Gala

One Question — Your most memorable meal? Be it truck stop bologna sandwich or gourmet chef’s haute cuisine in Chicago, these area diners suggest setting and circumstances are as important as the food

3 Inspired People — Ron “Candyman” Caulfield, Karen Johnwick and Tim Brinkley have each found their life’s calling … and this corner of the world is a much better place for it

Food for the Soul — Hittin’ the sauce with Wilson Beck of Columbus

Personal Space — Celeta Holzhauer has created a rain forest in her turn-of-the century mansion, complete with birds … especially birds

Musicmakers — The cello/guitar duo of Drew and Courtney Blackwell, aka Honey Boy & Boots, has found the sound that makes toes tap

Bartender’s Choice — Not your mama’s banana pudding; Charlsie Leonard knows how to satisfy a sweet tooth at Zachary’s in Columbus

Seven Things — You don’t expect the owner of an auto parts store to have three college degrees and a passion for classical music … meet Judith Ewing of Macon

The Gardener’s Gardener — Retired surgeon Martin Pomphrey has found the antidote for retirement, gardening … and how

Seems to Me — A long time coming: Sid Salter recalls what it was like to be a Bulldog through all those lean years … and then came 2014

A Letter Home — After traveling the world, L.A. architect Nels Long has come to grips with the cliché, “home is where the heart is” … and that place is Starkville

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

Parting Shot