Arts + Culture


Akimbo Games

by Clint Kimberling The inspiration for a new idea can strike anywhere or anytime. For Daniel Crist and Cody Smith, co-founders of Akimbo Games, the inspiration to develop a new and one-of-a-kind card game came during a snowboarding trip. Cody and Daniel first met during their electrical engineering coursework at Mississippi State. But it was … Continue reading Akimbo Games

Seasons of Life with Reggie Kelly

Reggie Kelly, who caught nearly 200 passes over 12 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, has parlayed his considerable name recognition into a growing company, KyVan, whose products are in over 30 states and 1,000-plus stores around the country. But what drives the Atlanta resident today is no different from … Continue reading Seasons of Life with Reggie Kelly

Ann Bailey

After all the time and money Dr. Ann Bailey has invested in updating her College Vista subdivision home over the years, she’ll never forget arriving from work one day last summer to find an army of men and trucks in her yard – because a dying hardwood tree at the edge of the property posed … Continue reading Ann Bailey

Bellwether Games

By Clint Kimberling Dennis Hoyle has always had an interest in board games and card games. Even from a young age, he knew that he wanted to make a career out of designing and making games. He grew up playing classic strategy games like Risk and Shogun, but as he got older, he began to … Continue reading Bellwether Games

Boardtown Gardens & More

By Clint Kimberling When a small business decides to close its doors, it’s usually a permanent decision. It’s rare for the owner of a store to close and later reopen their business. Rarer still, is the store that closes reopens over a decade later and is stronger than ever. But that’s exactly the case with … Continue reading Boardtown Gardens & More

Gann Playhouse

The playhouse Brandess Gann ordered, painted and decorated for her backyard is far more than just a way to keep her daughters entertained. It maintains a crucial link to Gann’s beloved grandmother and the time she spent at her grandparents’ home in while growing up. “When I was younger, my grandmother was an interior decorator … Continue reading Gann Playhouse

SHS AIMS Program

By Clint Kimberling Imagine a gym full of high school students. But no one’s talking or running. All you can hear is the sound bow strings popping and the thwacking of arrows hitting brightly colored targets. This is high school archery, one of the fastest growing sports in Mississippi. Archery’s popularity is due in part … Continue reading SHS AIMS Program


Legend tells this story: In the late 1930s or early ’40s, a cow wandered onto the playing field at a home football game between what was then Mississippi State College and the University of Mississippi. That day, the Bulldogs won against its adversary and the cow became a good luck charm, so much, so students … Continue reading Cowbells

Donald Jackson

By Clint Kimberling Donald Jackson is not your typical outdoorsmen. A retired biology and fisheries professor at Mississippi State, Jackson is also a multilingual world traveler, author, piano player, and Boy Scout Master. Jackson is incredibly well-traveled. He has worked on international fisheries assignments, in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. After … Continue reading Donald Jackson

Cici Zhang

By Clint Kimberling In February, the Starkville chapter of Distinguished Young Women held a local preliminary event of the national scholarship competition at Lee Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. The event features young women competing in five categories: academic performance, interview, talent, fitness, and self-expression. And Cici Zhang, a junior at Starkville … Continue reading Cici Zhang

Gayle Belk

By Clint Kimberling The cowbell is one of the most unique symbols representing Mississippi State University. A fixture at Bulldog sporting events for decades, cowbells are now used to decorate offices and homes of Mississippi State alumni and even passed down through generations. Starkville artist Gale Belk has capitalized on this trend and began turning … Continue reading Gayle Belk

Hayden Home

hnny Arnold, Managing Member of Tag Investments, LLC, had his eye on the property at the corner of South Montgomery and Poorhouse Road even before he relocated from Indiana back to Starkville. That property, now a secluded, gated event space known as The Hayden House, sits on eight and a half acres and is about … Continue reading Hayden Home

Starkville FUMC Holiday Bazaar

By Clint Kimberling The holiday season is, of course, a time to think of others who are less fortunate, and this year you can shop for unique handmade gifts while helping a Starkville family in need. The 11th annual Starkville First United Methodist Church’s Christmas Handworks Bazaar will be held on November 18, from 10 … Continue reading Starkville FUMC Holiday Bazaar

KYVAN Philanthropy

Reggie Kelly, who caught nearly 200 passes over 12 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, has parlayed his considerable name recognition into a growing company, KyVan, whose products are in over 30 states and 1,000-plus stores around the country. But what drives the Atlanta resident today is no different from … Continue reading KYVAN Philanthropy

Melanie Mitchell

Melanie Mitchell grew up loving flowers in Kosciusko, Mississippi where her family owned and operated Love’s Greenhouses for 30 years. “On about seven acres of glass houses, we grew thousands of potted flowers like chrysanthemums, poinsettias, Easter lilies, hydrangeas and tulips,” said Melanie. “We wholesaled around the state to retail florists. That was before you … Continue reading Melanie Mitchell

Miss Hospitality

By Clint Kimberling Starkville native Mary Elizabeth Stringer may have a gift when it comes pageants. She entered and won her first pageant in seventh grade. Then at Starkville High, she was named Miss Yellowjacket, and most recently, she entered—and won—Starkville’s Miss Hospitality Pageant Continuing her undefeated streak, Stringer was crowned Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality in … Continue reading Miss Hospitality

Maroon Volunteer Center

By Clint Kimberling Most people view the act of volunteering as a chore, or maybe something they begrudgingly do a few Saturdays out of the year, but Meggan Franks has made a career out of it. Franks is the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at Mississippi State University, where … Continue reading Maroon Volunteer Center

Popsy Popsicles

By Clint Kimberling Popsy Popsicles in Tupelo started as a part-time business venture for Chance Beck and Blake Whitehead started in response a growing trend across the southeast for upscale popsicles. But these are not your parent’s popsicles from the grocery store freezer. Popsy sells hand-crafted treats, making use of gourmet flavor combinations and made … Continue reading Popsy Popsicles

Scott Tracy Griffin

Every child has a hero growing up. For some it’s their parents for others, it’s firefighters or policemen, and for others still it’s characters in their favorite novels. If you were to ask Starkville native and author Scott Tracy Griffin who he looked up to growing up he wouldn’t hesitate to say, Tarzan. Born at … Continue reading Scott Tracy Griffin

Shaw Blades

By: Amanda Lucas “When you’re buying a knife, you’re buying that person’s passion”- Mitchell Shaw Mississippi is home to some of the best entrepreneurs this side of the Mississippi River. Olive Branch native Mitchell Shaw has taken his love for a well sharpen and finely honed knife and turned it into a thriving business. Mitchell … Continue reading Shaw Blades


For Barry Kopetz, head of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Music and conductor of the Starkville/MSU Symphony, any discussion of the best piano out there begins and ends with Steinway. And he couldn’t be happier that MSU has made a firm commitment toward attaining All-Steinway School status through the purchase of additional models … Continue reading Steinway

Tales from the Crypt

By Clint Kimberling It was William Faulkner who said, “The past is never dead. It is not even past.” Chuck Yarborough, a U.S. History at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science takes this quote to heart. Each school year Yarborough instructs his students with history lessons from the grave. Yarborough is the project director … Continue reading Tales from the Crypt

Town and Country Garden Club

By Clint Kimberling The term “garden club” may bring to mind images of ladies playing bridge and snacking on tea sandwiches. What you don’t usually associate with a garden club are women pulling weeds and sweeping up downtown streets or renovating a dilapidated cemetery. But those are exactly the kinds of projects members of Starkville … Continue reading Town and Country Garden Club

Volunteer Starkville

Volunteer Starkville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized in 2010, serves as the volunteer center for Starkville and Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Initially operated by an AmeriCorps VISTA, funding was secured through the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service in 2011 when the Board of Directors hired its first Executive Director. A year later, that position became open. Jamey … Continue reading Volunteer Starkville

Whitetails Unlimited

Synergy is when two or more forces join to create a force that’s stronger than the two combined separately, said Dr. Marty Brunson, Chief Executive Office of Catch-A-Dream Foundation. “That’s the beauty of partnership.” On August 6 at Rick’s Café in Starkville, Miss., you’re invited to witness the beauty of partnership and become a partner … Continue reading Whitetails Unlimited

Sitting Down with Zac Harmon

By Joe Lee The spirit of the late Mississippi blues legend B.B. King seems to hover above Zac Harmon not only as he plays 200 shows a year across the country, but also in the way the Jackson native carries himself. Now 59, Harmon, who’ll play at Mississippi State University (MSU) in September, met King … Continue reading Sitting Down with Zac Harmon