It’s the type of unlikely love story that Hollywood screenwriters spend their entire careers dreaming about.
They were a beautiful young couple straight out of Central Casting.
She was a blonde bombshell. Born in Louisiana. Raised in Mississippi by a single mother who did her best to teach her three daughters to be strong, independent women.
She was a brilliant student. A natural teacher – just like her mama. Sweet. Sassy. Brave.
Hardworking with a heart of gold.
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.
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.
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.
A New Year’s Eve celebration like no other is on the calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 31, as a group of sponsors, including Keith’s Superstores, Dr. and Mrs. Jaime Jiménez, Signature Magazine, Marathon Oil, The First-A National Banking Association, and The Bottling Company throw a party to celebrate the old decade and ring in a new one in 2020.
Both the celebration, a ticketed event, and the City of Hattiesburg’s event, free events, at the corner of Main and Front Streets are within several blocks walking distance for those who would like to take part in both.
At the intersection of Main and Front Streets is where you’ll want to be on New Year’s Eve.
The City of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Downtown Hattiesburg and VisitHattiesburg have joined together with merchants in the downtown area and throughout the city to throw one heck of a New Year’s Eve celebration from 9:30 until 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31.
The city’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration - Midnight on Front Street – will feature the Hub Sign Drop, which will be followed this year by a dual fireworks display.
The Downtown Hattiesburg Association, in partnership with the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, will celebrate the holiday season with the Downtown Candlelit Christmas on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15. The holiday tradition is now in its 43rd year and is one of the longest-running holiday traditions in Hattiesburg.
Kim Townsend never intended to spend quite so much time in the woods.
But every few days, especially on Friday afternoons, that’s where she ends up: Pulling into store parking lots, maybe a car wash or two, or sometimes down what is apparently a road to nowhere, then walking down near-hidden paths to tents or tarps, looking for people who may or may not be expecting her.
Its that magical time of year again, where we go from sweating to freezing in a two-week span. That can only mean two things: family implosions and hanging in the den, huddling around the moving pictures box while the tryptophan works its black magic.
The absolute last thing you want is for politics to come up while you are miserably full, so to keep Uncle Ted from getting stabbed, I’ll be presenting you with a duo of lesser known Thanksgiving titles that might just keep your holiday 9-1-1 free.