• 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.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Mary Dryden

    Mary Dryden may be one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Whether it’s recycling, litter, the city’s children, education, an art center, preserving architecture, entertainment, Dryden wants the best for her city. For her dedication to the Hub City, Dryden was named Ambassador of the Avenues in 2018 Best of the Pine Belt voting. She’s all about the city – its neighborhoods, diversity, unifying the Hub City’s citizens and making Hattiesburg the best possible place to live.

  • Golden Days in South Mississippi

    Not a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, I can’t tell you about my college experiences with the black and gold. My college days would be a snoozer compared to most. But what I can tell you is how wonderful I think this place is that USM and so many other places make their home. 

  • The Art of Ink

    Art is subjective. It comes in many different styles and forms – watercolor, acrylics, pottery, beads and yarn, abstract, realism. And it means something different to each individual who views it. Some may have a Picasso or that of a local artisan hanging in a place of prominence in their home. Others may have a Ferrari or a Nissan parked in their garage. A lady might wear an exquisite piece of jewelry fashioned out of platinum and precious stones or a colorful creation of wire and beads made by a child.

  • Giving style to art

    As a one-time college art major, I understand the style of creations that people consider to be art – from pottery, sculpture, paintings, music, etc.  – whether I agree or not. 

    It’s true that some art looks like you gave paints and a paint brush to a 3-year-old or better yet, strapped a paint brush to a dog’s tail. But it sells for a whole lot more.

    There’s music I don’t care for and some pottery that resembles a sack of potatoes. No, that’s just a concrete piece I had to chisel while at Delta State. 

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