Willie King has been gone since March 2009, but the memory of the humble, award-winning blues guitarist and singer still resonates among those who heard him, played with him, or were just fortunate enough to dance in the dust of a Pickens County field, sweating to authentic blues that have been the hallmark of the Freedom Creek Blues Festival King founded.
Dr. Bob Gilbert eased back in an upholstered chair in his spacious, pastel living room Tuesday. One hand rested on his leg, the other on top of a walking cane. He was surrounded by lovely things, in this home on a quiet, wooded lot not far from downtown Columbus. He is an educated man, described by close friends as compassionate and selfless. He enjoys music, the arts and the pursuit of knowledge. His thoughts, however, were elsewhere.
The Starkville Area Arts Council has announced the nine recipients of its College Arts Scholarships. Mykela Bricka, Louis Codling, Marina Dandass, Keats V. Haupt, Amy Hornsby, Mary Kate Hughes, Andrew Lark III, David McKell and Lacy Claire Whitten will soon enter college or university programs to pursue arts-related fields as their majors.
When Seonkyoung Longest came to the United States in 2009 from her native South Korea, her world was a happy place. She had met and married her Prince Charming -- Jacob Longest of the United States Air Force -- and was about to begin the next chapter in a new land. What she didn't realize was that her fairy tale was about to meet reality.