“When someone needs a hand, there is someone here in Mathiston who will give it to them, to care for them and love them,” Carden said. “I love everything about Mathiston. You live where you chose and there’s no other place in the world for me. It is personal and personable. It’s home, and what better place is there to be?”
Carden said in Mathiston, the schools and the park system are very important aspects of community life.
“We are all about the kids,” Carden said. “We spend a lot of money to make the quality of life better for residents, especially the children. It is important.”
Janet Dean, owner of Mathiston Florist, loves the family ‘feel’ of her hometown.
“When you are in Mathiston, it is a friendly family atmosphere that make you feel like you are home,” Dean said. “There is no where else I would rather live than Mathiston.”
According to Carden, there are a lot of little things that are unique about Mathiston. He said the grocery store is has been in existence for years. Carden said when the Gillons first started their grocery business, they were it would never work – that they couldn’t “just sell groceries” in a small town. But they proved everyone wrong and are still going strong with one of the best grocery stores in Webster County.
Carden, who can often be found at the Traceway at breakfast and lunch, said The Traceway is one of those places you have to go to in Mathiston.
“There’s no telling how many lunches Lee Clark serves each day,” Carden said. “People are always amazed at the amount of people they feed.”
Carden said it is amazing how many people will stop in the small businesses in Mathiston, particularly on a Mississippi State University game weekend.
A few things on the wish list for the community would be a doctor’s clinic and a pharmacy. Carden would also love to see the Red Kapp building occupied, giving more opportunities for residents to be able to work in their hometown.
See this story in the 2014 edition of At Home In Webster County magazine at Mathiston.