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Passion for Painting

It’s three days before the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival and Melissa Howington is as busy as ever. There are snowmen and pumpkin door hangers to be painted and the time to do so is running out fast. This festival is her busiest time of the year, and it’s one of the things she most looks forward to. “I work until midnight Friday night (the day before the festival),” Howington said. “I paint, paint, paint, work, work, work, and it’s not even all painting. It’s pricing and ...

Not Going Anywhere: The Cart Barn has been dishing out great food since 2003, and Tony Bishop’s crew has no plans to stop

Tony Bishop admits he’s getting a little annoyed with the question, although the amount of times he’s been asked shows just how much people like his food. Bishop’s Cart Barn Grill has been a staple of LaGrange since September 2003, but locals fear for its future due to a new shopping center being installed on the property of the restaurant’s current location. Will the restaurant close or will it move to another spot? Not surprisingly, it’s been the hottest topic of conversation at ...

Something’s Brewing

Three to four years ago, Anthony Rodriguez and Rob Goldstein first discussed opening a brewery together. They didn’t know the location, the how, or exactly what it would take to get their idea off the ground, but they knew that together they could make it happen. They were ready to take a chance — a leap of faith. “Rob and I, even when we do festivals and all the other business ventures we have put together, we have always been the risk-takers, more so than our friends around us,” ...

Walk on the Wild Side

By Daniel Evans There are a lot of places in the world you can walk through and see different animals, but few let you get up close and personal like Pine Mountain’s Wild Animal Safari. The park is open 364 days a year, only being closed on Christmas day, and is popular for both locals and people traveling from afar. “We have people from all walks of life. When I first started, it was word of mouth, and that was about the only time people knew of anything. At this point, we have ...

Maybe it will levitate: The works of Eddie Owens Martin

By Alicia B. Hill It is rare for an art exhibit to inspire quite the level of mythos that the works of folk artist Eddie Owens Martin have achieved, but the works currently displayed in LaGrange and Buena Vista were made by a painter, sculptor and fortune teller from Marion County who is a local legend unto himself. A brief review of Martin's life swiftly turns up tales of snake charming, levitation, and celestial beings, and that is just the beginning. Martin - or as he liked to call ...

A designer’s dream: The story of 505 Eats

By Baker Ellis Joyce Sato can most often be found behind the scenes. The Korean-born, Ohio-raised former fashion designer spends the majority of her day out of the spotlight, helping to create some of the best meals that can be found anywhere in the city of LaGrange. The meals she is concocting come from the kitchen of 505 Eats, one of the most popular lunch options county-wide. From an ever-changing weekly specials menu that has included Chicago mini dogs, black bean roasted corn ...