• Distinguished Young Women: Petal Scholarship Program

    Nine young women will contend for cash scholarships and other prizes through competition areas of self-expression, fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview on Saturday, January 11 at the Petal High School Performing Arts Center.

    Participants include Landry Thompson, Maddie McElroy, Raven Graves, Loren Wade, Kitty Grace Berry, Cheyanne Clark, Olivia Draughn, Grace Robbins and Olivia Lewis.

  • New Year, New Perspective

    Photographer Jeff Davis of Petal has traveled the country on his motorcycle, photographing sites of interest. More recently he took up serious cycling with friends and saw the world from an even different perspective. Now, he’s picked up a camera and is capturing the things around him – from the French Quarter in New Orleans, to Gulfport Harbor, Mobile, Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Utica, Rodney, the Mississippi Delta, an alley in downtown Hattiesburg and the Friendly City with a unique eye. Many people ask about his locales.

  • Accessorize: Reinvent your wardrobe with three simple steps

    On occasion, I think we can all get a bit bored with our wardrobe. That’s not to say that some of us don’t have a closet full of clothes, shoes and accessories, but sometimes it feels like you just don’t have anything to wear, or you’ve worn everything you own too many times and you’re over it.

    I have definitely fallen into this slump before.

    I have my winter sweaters, summer dresses, fall booties and spring sandals, but I also have pieces that I am able to wear year-round. Sometimes, I can feel myself wearing them too many times and I get bored with said pieces.

  • Filmsnob: Decade that horror built

    What a decade it was for film. Horror films, that is. By all counts, the 2010s provided us horror fans with plenty of the best ever made. Please forget The Dead Don’t Die. Not since the ‘80s had horror become ubiquitous with a time period. A few months back, I wrote about 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. It would most definitely seem that writers and aspiring filmmakers took note of its satire and statements, and thus began the great horror onslaught that might not ever be toppled.

  • Noteworthy: Taking Music To the Streets

    As we gazed skyward at the last full moon of the decade, our hallowed history shone down upon downtown Hattiesburg and all its surrounding environs. Entering downtown where Bay transforms into Main Street, you first walk past the lush surroundings of Town Square Park via a newly-added footbridge over Gordon's Creek that descends upon a stage that stands ready for performers year round.


    The Hattiesburg Debutante Association introduced 20 young women at its annual presentation program Saturday, November 30, at the Historic Saenger Theatre in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    The Debutante Ball was held at the Hattiesburg Country Club following the presentation. The Hattiesburg Debutante Association started in 1952 as the Junior Cotillion of Hattiesburg and is celebrating its 67th season this year.

  • Welcoming Christmas

    Justin Jordan had always dreamed of living in the America Building in downtown Hattiesburg.

    When he arrived in the Hub City in 1998 to attend The University of Southern Mississippi, he and friends frequented a bar called The Courtyard in downtown with the America Building always looming in the background.

    “The Courtyard was a really big place in my growth at that time in my life,” he said, “just being there.”

    He remembers the America, a tall multi-story structure, in a dilapidated state at the time.

  • Filmsnob: be Good for GooDness Sake! Nothing like a holiday horror movie

    It’s that time of year again for the go-to rotation of tired Christmas films. Leave Home Alone on the shelf and check this out. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” is one of the best Christmas horrors to be released. Ever.

    The story is thrilling, interesting and exciting. Twists and turns along the way keep you constantly on your toes and the excellent cast keeps you invested. It’s a surprisingly smart take on Santa Claus and Christmas, one that doesn’t come across as a parody even though it has some well-placed humorous moments.

  • Noteworthy: Merry Christmas - Bing holds the record at 50 million copies

    After World War II, music consumption was at an all-time high with the industry making $10 million in 1945. Years of research at Columbia Records led to introduction of the new long-playing LP in 1948. While this format was introduced in both 10" (more familiar to classic 78 fans) and 12" (borrowed from the "soundtrack" records that played along with films in the theatre), by 1951 the MicroGroove 12" was the gold standard. Record company executives like Jim Conkling at Columbia saw the need to use the LP to at least try to satisfy the needs of every consumer possible.

  • Out with a bang: Look fabulous as you ring in the new year

    Hey there, fashionistas! Sorry for the hiatus! I’ve been a busy gal the last couple of months with a new job and planning a wedding, but I am happy to report that I am back! That being said, let’s jump right into this month’s column…

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