• Open Arms

    Photos by Lee Cave, C Studio

     

    Hattiesburg's Michael Dixon embraces life - and has from the start. Even during those days he didn't know what was next, he knew the right opportunity would come along. And he's never been disappointed. 

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Leigh Ann and Greg Underwood

    First impressions are important. For Greg and Leigh Ann Underwood of Hattiesburg, it was most definitely not love at first sight.

    In fact, Leigh Ann found herself hoping she would be out of town at times when the group of friends that included Greg got together.

    The couple met through Leigh Ann’s roommate, who had known Greg from high school and eventually married Greg’s roommate.

     “She went to the sister school to his all- boys school,” said Leigh Ann. “There was always a picture of him in my room.”

  • Free State Forager

    Photos by Chad Edwards, MCE Photography. 

    If there’s ever a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to want to follow Joseph Hosey. But you better get in line behind the roughly 150 to 200 people who have already alerted him they are coming to him. In his own words, “I’m going to have to hide from all the non-zombies, so you better be quick, because I’m not waiting. I’m going to be disappearing.” 

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Shawn McDaniel

    Photo by Jessica Raspberry

     

    If Shawn McDaniel wasn’t tending to libations at Keg and Barrel, the former software engineer would probably be somewhere tinkering with a computer. But his end goal is to eventually own his own restaurant or bar. 

  • A Tynes Family Christmas

    Margaret and David Tynes of Petal got an early start on what has become a number of Christmas traditions while on their honeymoon in Florida 38 years ago. Everywhere they travel they purchase an ornament to bring back.

    That first year the couple bought an ornament – a clear glass pear in which sits a partridge in a pear tree. Each year the ornament has a special place of honor on the couple’s Christmas tree, which up until this year has always been freshly cut. Since building this house, their tree has always been upwards of 12 feet.

  • Terry Burke, the Pine Belt's own Saint Nick

    Even young children understand that sometimes during this particularly busy time of year – the holidays – that even Santa needs a helping hand at times.

    In the week’s leading up to Santa’s Christmas Eve jaunt around the world, when the crunch to get the toys made becomes maddening, Santa can’t be everywhere hearing the final wishes of good boys and girls. That’s when he recruits the help of those gentle bearded souls around the world to go out and hear those wishes.

    Enter Terry Burke, a hand-picked Santa helper in the Pine Belt.

  • Hattiesburg Native Vaeda Mann suits up for Deal or No Deal

    You’ll soon see Hattiesburg’s Vaeda Mann, an Oak Grove High School graduate, on your television screen when Deal or No Deal airs on CNBC Dec. 5. You’ll find her standing beside Briefcase No. 10. You’ll also see familiar comedian Howie Mandel as host guiding guests through the 26 briefcases. Mandel also serves as executive director for the reality TV show, which previously aired for five seasons on NBC.

    The show will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday nights on CNBC. However, on Dec. 3, there will be a special Christmas episode, which will air on NBC, where it originally debuted in 2005.

  • Prologue: November

    This is the time of year that reminds me of my grandmother.
    The daylilies (or naked ladies) have just finished blooming, the leaves (which were the bain of her existence) have been steadily falling, there’s a cool in the air, and pumpkins, turkeys, cornucopia and the like have dotted the harvest decor landscape.

  • Love Win(3)s

    Meet Brady and Christen Raanes, owners of c(3) wines, an endeavor as delicious as it is philanthropic.

     

    A summer release party helped introduce a local couple’s wines to the Greater Hattiesburg area. Brady and Christen Raanes introduced (c)3 wines, a collection of four wines that serve a double purpose – not only are they enjoyable to drink, but funds raised through their sales support four non-profits. 

  • The Gospel of Brother Dave

    Ever had someone tell you you couldn’t do something and that made you more determined to show them differently and succeed?

    Enter Dave Brandon – everybody’s favorite former End Zone owner, Signature and PineBeltNews delivery man and all-around good guy, whose standard wardrobe consists of khaki cargo shorts, a Hawaiian print short sleeve shirt or short sleeve fishing shirt (of which he has a running ton) in a multitude of colors – and yes, even USM gold. But he is quite dapper when he dresses up, but usually only for special occasions.

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