Winter 2013

Santa unmasked: Joe Max Higgins photographed by Martin Howard at the office of the Golden Triangle Development Link

COVER STORY: Maximum Joe
In his profile of the Golden Triangle’s über developer, Joe Max Higgins, William Browning reveals a sensitive soul beneath a famously gruff exterior

Merry & Bright
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Debbie and Bill Billington’s West Point home

Under Delta Skies
For travelers wanting to revel in the luxuries and the lore of the Delta, there’s no better place to begin than Greenwood

Culture Club
World cuisine links Columbus Air Force Base’s international spouses

Former Grand Ole Opry fiddler Jim Brock still has the chops

Dear Santa
What’s on every woman’s Christmas list this year? Boots of every style and color for any occasion


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 ReaderColumbus Friends of the Library board member and Tenth Street Fairlawn M.B. Church minister of music Alisha Davis’ top picks

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

One QuestionWhen holiday dishes go wrong … and you know they do

3 Inspired People — Fred Bell, Effie Ann “Miss Annie” Hopkins and Catherine “Pooh” Penick answer the call of their communities

Food for the Soul  The wee cranberry gets a makeover from West Point’s Valeda Carmichael

Bartenders’ Choice — Behind the bar with the Jonathans of J. Broussard’s

All in the FamilyColumnist Shannon Bardwell talks pecans with those West Point Duke boys

Seems to MeFor John Brocato, it’s a small world after all

Seven Things — Seven belongings that define you and your life… what would they be? 

Personal SpaceIf it quacks like a duck … a snapshot of John Peeples’ counter at Starkville Café

A Letter Home Former CNN correspondent Taylor Henry writes home from the banks of the Potomac

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

Restaurant Guide

Parting Words