• Countdown to Midnight

    Bands – really good bands – spend years searching for a way to develop that rare, magical form of communication that allows individual members to feed off one another during a performance without ever having to speak a word.

    Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, once compared it to an orchestra being able to perform an entire concerto – blindfolded, and in the dark.

    “When it finally clicks – IF it ever clicks – there’s nothing else like it. The band becomes one and everything else just fades away.”

  • Breaking A Leg

    There was a point in my life where my life’s ambition was to be a high school theatre instructor. Although I never had high hopes of a longterm career on stage, the major required me to take all of the available theatre classes and as a result, I spent a majority of my college years memorizing lines and perfecting the art of applying stage makeup. However, after doing my student teaching in a small, rural high school in central Oklahoma, I quickly determined that a career in education was not for me

  • Walking The Line

    I’ll admit, I haven’t always been known for my unique sense of style. But I’ve had my moments. Most of the time, I followed the fashion herd with whatever trend was most popular at the time – especially as an impressionable teenager.

  • OPINION: Taylor has served this community well, but..

    In the 25 years he has been here, Rick Taylor has served the Hattiesburg region with honor and distinction. 

    But for the greater good of this community, the time has come for him to step aside as executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission and hand over the reins to someone else.

    And that’s not something we say lightly. Through the years, this newspaper has not shied away from singing his praises and we have encouraged others to do the same. 

  • Lessons from Santiago

    I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I finally sat down and read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, The Old Man and the Sea, but it profoundly changed my life and forever altered my definition of what it means to be a man.

    Written from his home in Cuba in 1951, the book was published the following year and was immediately met with critical acclaim.

  • remembering robin: Friends, family gather to remember Hattiesburg’s #legenderial favorite

    When Hattiesburg’s Robin Wentworth took his last breath on the morning of June 13, the Pine Belt lost one of its favorite adopted sons. 

    Just eight short months earlier, he had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and doctors were clear that his health would soon decline.

    Refusing to give up, Wentworth continued to live his life to the fullest – making the most of his time left. 


    It seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a cell phone these days considers themselves a photographer.

    And while it’s true that the built-in camera in most of today’s cell phones is better than most high-end digital cameras that were being manufactured as recently as 10 years ago, having access to a quality camera does not make you a professional photographer any more than having access to a blog makes you a professional journalist.

  • The legend of Tony Jack

    Every small town in America has a character or two that manages to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

    The Pine Belt has plenty of them – including several being honored this year as part of our annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards.

  • Mother, Mother

    Study: The more time you spend with mom, the longer she’ll live.

    Like many of you, I don’t talk to my mother as often as I should.

    However, a recent study circulating on the Internet says we all better step up our game.

    According to the study, “loneliness is a significant factor in the decline of quality of life in older adults, including risk of depression, cognitive impairment and health problems like coronary artery disease, and may even lead to an earlier death.”

  • Pine Belt Pickers

    The deep-seeded roots of countless bands and musical acts can be traced back to the University of Southern Mississippi and the Piney Woods that surround it.

    From Omar and the Howlers and Webb Wilder to Jimmy Buffett, Jeff “Fingers” Taylor, and Tom “Bones” Malone, the Southern Miss community has long served as a breeding ground for musical talent – including Hattiesburg’s own, Pinebelt Pickers.

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