Columbus teen actress Avani Poindexter uses career to inspire her peers. Scott Reed uses the arts to unify the West Point community. Dr. Roy Ruby retired from MSU but still comes to work every day.
Tim Brinkley fights crime in West Point with a level head, a steady hand, and a Bible. MSU super fan Ron Caulfield brings happiness to Starkville. Humane Society director Karen Johnwick continues a lifelong commitment to animal rescue.
Pastor Larnzy Carpenter Jr. inspires Starkville with love. Community activist Frances Hairston works to heal Crawford race relations. And history teacher Chuck Yarborough uses the past to improve the future in Columbus.
Gospel-gabbing used car salesman Allen Jones gives cars to seniors in Caledonia. Music teacher Angie Riffell creates a unique homeschool opportunity in Columbus. And Dorothy Ryland gives West Point residents the keys to the American Dream.
It has become the benchmark by which all storms are measured. It has become the stark demarcation between life before and after, with Hurricane Katrina sitting squarely in the middle of coastal residents’ collective memory — as vivid today as the muddy water lines and red spray-paint which can still be seen on homes uninhabitable, abandoned.
In life, he was the keeper of history. Presidential photographs, letters, memos, campaign materials — nothing escaped the thin fingers and sharp eyes of the Columbus native who lived simply and died simply but touched time, leaving a signature of his own.