• MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: keith kujath


    Keith Kujath of Hattiesburg has combined two of his passions into one avocation, and now he has found a mentor that provides him the inspiration in both of his endeavors.

    Kujath is a music maven, with collections of guitars, albums, recordings and – thanks to his mentor, Dick Waterman – the largest individual collection of Waterman photos. A certified clinical perfusionist by profession, Kujath bundles his love for photography and his knowledge of music, both performing and producing, to capture the essence of a stage or musical performance.

  • Mississippi native returns to kick off FestivalSouth

    The son of a high school principal in Belmont, Miss., Mac McAnally didn’t stick around to finish his education. His mother, the church pianist, put music in his mind and he ran away with it, writing his first song when he was 15 years old.

  • Meet John Wooton

    From all outward appearances, Dr. John Wooton sounds like he’s keeping his University of Southern Mississippi steel pan band to himself. The 40-member group meets at night in the basement of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, plinking on bent pieces of various round metal objects.

    Oh, the band has numerous YouTube videos showing them playing on their steel pans. People who know steel pans know that Wooton’s band is outstanding.

  • Meet Kat Spangler Kimmel

    For Kat Spangler Kimmel, everyone has a story to tell and she is happy to listen to them. Those stories allow Kimmel to learn more about the storyteller and to become a better person.

    The sign over her office door at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg says, “Kat Spangler, Associate Minister.” She’s been at the church since 2013, but she recently married Tom Kimmel, a nationally-known songwriter and musician.

  • Meet the Carvers

    Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are behind them, Bryan and Sarah Carver are working to catch their collective breath and refocus their attention on the second side of Twin Forks Wine + Provisions.

    The Carvers have been building their success for the past four years at 408 Hemphill St. in Hattiesburg. The wine store has been doing well for the pair, but the “Provisions” – cheese and special food items – is moving slowly, but steadily.

    Now the work begins again on the facilities.

  • Meet the Strickland's

    Tommy and Steve Strickland believe in family. The brothers own Strickland’s Furniture, which was named the best furniture store in 2017 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    The brothers took over the store, which is now located at 6431 U.S. Hwy. 49, from their father. O.E. Strickland started the furniture store in 1962 in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    For the Stricklands, having a family-owned business drives the success of Strickland’s.

  • Hattiesburg Facial Hair Society


    Joshua Roberson knew other people in Hattiesburg had mustaches and beards. So he hoped that maybe that common interest was  

     enough to make new friends and get some buddies together. So he began a Facebook page titled, “Hattiesburg Facial Hair Society.” And the page’s popularity is bordering on 90 members.

  • Meet Bradley Myers

    When Bradley Myers decided that buying certain accessories to his business wardrobe were going to mount up the expenses, he decided that making those items would be more cost-effective.

    So Bradley, the mastermind behind Hattiesburg’s Professional Beard Oil, called out to the Mother of Invention again. He had already designed the beard oil after growing out his beard to win a local contest – and a trip to Boston – so this was just the next logical step for Myers.

  • Larger than Life

    Looking around the law offices of James K. Dukes on Pine Street shows the full and blessed life that the 82-year-old attorney has enjoyed in the Hub City. The first thing to stand out while waiting to see Dukes is the print of the famous 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Course.

    “Yes, I’ve played it,” he said later after he settled into his office chair. It’s Friday and Dukes isn’t expected in court, so he’s wearing a fishing shirt. “I have worn a tie for so long, I hate the things.”

  • Beer fest relocates

    The response to last year’s Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival was overflowing, so the fifth annual edition of the FestivalSouth event has been moved to Town Square Park on Saturday, June 10, to provide more room.

    “It’s pretty exciting because it’s a new start,” said Jennifer Clark, who is organizing the event.

    The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association is the host for the Craft Beer Festival from 5-8 p.m.; VIP tickets provide entry at 4 p.m.

    Because of the state’s 200th anniversary, the Craft Beer Festival also will have special food vendors.

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