Winter 2015

Blacksmith Bud Henley photographed in his store near Una in northern Clay County by Birney Imes in August


Clay County stop-and-gos offer more than food and fuel — a tank of gas, a bologna sandwich and a welcoming smile

Carol Littlejohn and Mike Bernsen set the stage for the next chapter of their lives in their bright and breezy Plantation Pointe cottage

Community Potluck
The folks of Oktibbeha County’s Sessums Community have been gathering to dish up good food and neighborhood news for more than 80 years

The Wild Life
Sculptor and jewelry artisan Weldon Merchant of West Point has “made shiny stuff for everyone from the president of the Hell’s Angels to Ann Landers” in his long career

Shine On
Put some shimmer and sheen in your wardrobe this holiday season


From the Editor

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

The Avid Reader — Five books from Starkville avid reader Maureen Lang’s library

The SpotLight Local gadfly G. E. Light’s take on music and festivals in the Triangle

One Question — So bad, it’s good … the junk food we crave

3 Inspired People — Reed Hairston, Vernell Taylor and Edgar Pruitt show that kindness and generosity are worthy pursuits at any stage of life

Into the Woods — Community herbalist Lindsay Wilson shares some wisdom on the magical properties of medicinal mushrooms

Bartender’s Choice — Sara Belue of the Cotton District Grill serves up a cool cocktail for winter, the “Here’s Lookin’ At You”

Musicmaker — Behind the mic or behind the soundboard, Paul Brady makes beautiful music

It’s a Dirty Job — Down in Macon, Gene Penick has built his family business from the ground up

Seven Things — Seven things that illustrate your life? Former Columbus Air Force Base Wing Commander Nick Ardillo makes his well-grounded choices

Food for the Soul — Oh, those Southern pecans, Columbus’ Qua Austin dishes about autumn’s most versatile harvest

Personal Space — The ancient art of ’smithing is alive and well at Little Bud’s Place near Una

Seems to Me — Katie McCrary knows that life’s lessons are everywhere — especially in the woods

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

Restaurant Guide

Parting Shot