LUMPKIN — Charles Gibson takes a quick stroll down Martin Luther King Jr. Street, reveling in the sunny day. Clouds fly high in a sky blue as china, and, closer to earth, the wind whispers through the bare branches of hardwoods growing on Lumpkin’s old town square. The clock at the Stewart County Courthouse tolls the hour: 2 o’clock.
“Hey!” A bicyclist yells as he pedals past. “When can you get me a job?”
Gibson, Lumpkin’s mayor, is pleasantly vague. He is, after all, a politician.
“We’ll see!” he says. “We’ll see!”
Gibson, 38, has so much in his sights these days. From the rubble of an old peanut processing facility, he envisions something around which the Stewart County town will rally — something of which this banged-around little town can be proud. And civic pride has been woefully short in Lumpkin these past few decades.