2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Attractions and Lifestyles" Finalists

The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

Best Ambassador of The Avenues
Paul Sims
Hunter White
Mary Dryden
Bradley Myers
James Iverson

Best Downtown Hattiesburg Ambassador
Greg Prine
Harry Goff
Heath Kleinke
Keenon Walker
Andrea Saffle

Best Midtown Hattiesburg Ambassador
Rob Tatum
Keri Ray Galey
Robert St. John
Tom Smith
The Roberts family

Best Laurel Ambassador
Ben and Erin Napier
Kenny and Carrie Mann
Christy Liverett
Chad Edwards

Best Troublemaker
Greg Prine
Heath Kleinke
Kathi Pepper
Mark Dooty

Best Unsung Hero
Harry Breland
James Moore
Grover Brown
Becky McKeehan
Kathy Garner

Best Hattiesburger
Abigail Lenz Allen
Robert St. John
Dave Brandon
Sinclair Lundy
John Neal

Best Pine Belt Personality
Don King
Father Tommy Conway
Ben & Erin Napier
Katie Dixon
Chewy the Sloth

Best Community Activist
James Moore
Martha Allen
Tate Thriffiley
Keenon Walker
Brandon Hayes

Best Mover & Shaker
Rebecca Chandler
Martha Allen
Kristen Nooe
Keenon Walker
Allison Neville

Best Local Legislator
State Rep. Missy McGee
State Sen. Billy Hudson
State Sen. Joey Fillingane
State Rep. Percy Watson
State Rep. Brad Touchstone

Best Volunteer
Ellen Keever
Hunter White
Joy Pickering
Miranda Williams
Shawn Harris

Most-Effective Non Profit
Christian Services
Extra Table
Hub City Humane Society
The Children’s Center for Communication & Development
SmART Space (H’burg Arts Council)

Best Local Pastor
Chad Davis - The Venue Church
Cliff Lazenby - Hattiesburg Community Church
Father Tommy Conway - St. Fabian's Catholic
Jeff Clark - Venture Church
Mike Dixon - Ekklesia

Best Place of Worship
Parkway Heights UMC
St. Fabian Catholic Church
Temple Baptist Church
Venture Church
Westminster Presbyterian

Best Annual Event
Downtown Crawfish Jam
Live at 5!
Piney Woods Picnic
Star Spangled Celebration on the River

Best Apartment Community
Cross Creek Village
The Lakes at Turtle Creek
The Met
Breckenridge Park Apartments

Best Bed & Breakfast
The Bay
Meador Homestead
Wisteria Bed & Breakfast

Best Behind the Scenester
Amanda Kyrie
Sarah Newton
Brian Saffle
Dusty Frierson
Rusty Keyes

Best Cheap Date
Ed’s Burger Joint
Glory Bound
Hattiesburg Zoo
Live at Five!
Keg and Barrel

Best Event Space
The Barn at Bridlewood
The Bottling Company
Dogwood Venue
Hattiesburg Country Club
Southern Oaks

Best Fundraising Event
The ARC’s Ball Drop
Pine Belt Foundation’s Bourbon Celebration
Empty Bowls
Laughs 4 Life
The Children’s Center Classic

Best Hotel
Hotel Indigo
Courtyard by Marriott
Hilton Garden Inn
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
DoubleTree by Hilton

Best Neighborhood
The Oaks

Best Place to Play Trivia
4th Street Bar
Ed’s Burger Joint
The Porter
Slowboat Brewery
The Thirsty Hippo

Best Place to Take a First Date
Brass Hat
Hattiesburg Zoo
Keg and Barrel

Best Private School
Benedict Day School
Presbyterian Christian School
Sacred Heart
New South Summit
Lamar Christian School

Best Senior Living Center
Alden Pointe
Brookdale Senior Living
The Claiborne
Provision Living
Wesley Manor