From the Editor

Story Stacy Clark

Is everyone’s new year off to a great start? There is nothing quite like shaking off the clutter and heaviness of a year gone stale and embracing the possibilities of a fresh one to lift one’s spirit. I certainly hope those resolutions are still in place and paying off.

If you happen to need a little inspiration to stick to your goals, or even take that first step toward making a long-desired change, look no further. Our community is teeming with notable neighbors whose leisurely pursuits are the stuff dreams-come-true are made of — like Judith Ewing of Macon, who chose to satisfy a lifelong passion for music and picked up the viola for the first time at the age of 42, and Bobby Cooper of Ackerman, who never let growing up squelch his enthusiasm for that essential accessory of boyhood, the bow and arrow.

Lindsay Wilson of Starkville is a woman who knows what it’s like to fruitlessly seek a cure for all that ails, and in this issue, she shares her story of finally finding the remedy in her own backyard.

And then there are a host of folks in Chickasaw County who know a little something about taking risks, the result of which became a community’s pride and joy — The Sparta Opry.

Don’t wait another day. Choose your goal, pick your path and bring us along for the journey. As Catfish Alley begins its fifth year in print, I again invite you to write to us and share your story ideas, comments and event information. Email them to or visit us on Facebook.