• Kim Townsend: A Voice To, and For, Hattiesburg’s Homeless

    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.

  • Forget the Parade, Fill your turkey day with Jackie O and The Weasel

    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.

  • Noteworthy: Royal Horses

    The union of Laurel and Hattiesburg is far more than that scenic drive up I-59. First, our sister city was actually founded the same year as Hattiesburg. Also, both municipalities were part and parcel to a lumber boom. Today, we both have flourishing music scenes with artists that regularly merit this perfunctory jaunt.

  • 2019 HUB AWARD: Hale, Stetelman to be honored Nov.12

    A devoted physician with more than four decades of service in the field of family medicine and an iconic Hattiesburg business and civic leader have been chosen as recipients of this year’s prestigious Hub Award.

    The Hub Award committee will bestow Dr. Thomas Eric Hale and Andy Stetelman the recognition Tuesday, Nov. 12 event during a ceremony at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.

  • Prologue: A Grateful Heart

    I ran out of time.

    I’ve been looking forward to this cooler weather for quite some time, especially on those days when push mowing the yard became almost unbearable.

    As I prepared for the coming days of fall, I bought a power washer and stripped the deck down to reapply water sealant to it. This was during the September days of no rain.

    The next week I was planning to finish my project. And it rained. And it has rained on a regular basis since then, which keeps the wood from drying out enough to finish the work.

  • On the record: Rebecca Chandler

    Some people feel like they have no choice but to create and be creative. Southern Miss grad Rebecca Chandler is one of those people.

    We can only speculate what pushes a person to express themselves publicly, but it's these people who are responsible for the propagation of our culture and without these talented individuals, society would stagnate.

    Visual artists and musicians that we hold in high esteem are typically at the forefront of the performing lifestyle, but there are many more forms of art.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Carmen Ford

    Most people in Hattiesburg – especially those in downtown – are familiar with Carmen Hardy Ford and her culinary prowess at Gratefull Soul, the restaurant on Main Street she owns with her husband, Grant.

    But if not for a change in pace during college, Carmen may have returned to her hometown of Philadelphia  – with a much different career path.

    “I was actually going to go and do casino hosting (after college),” she said. “Philadelphia has the Choctaw Indian casinos, and that’s what I was going to do – go back and manage the casino.”

  • Noteworthy: Ty Trehern

    Southern Miss public relations student Ty Trehern is a man leading two lives. By day, a scholar and active member of the throng at USM. However, on those weekend nights, Trehern is on the road taking his uplifting music to the people. Since releasing his EP "The Sound" earlier this year, Trehern is now seeing audiences sing along with his anthemic songs and each successive gig grows into another larger opportunity.

  • Prologue: October, hang on, we’re with you

    Aaahhhhh, October! This is the time of year where we hopefully begin to feel the first cool(er) breezes that harken the arrival of what may eventually become fall. Or at least we don’t feel like we’re suffocating when we go out to go to work in the morning.

    And while that’s wonderful, what’s even more wonderful is the October calendar lineup for the Pine Belt.

    Yall, seriously. While there is always a plethora (love that word) of things going on in the area, October is doubly blessed. It’s downright bewitching!

  • Steel Magnolia: Makeup maven has strong Hub City foundation

    Janet Gurwitch has had the opportunity to do some amazing things during her career. She’s rubbed elbows and dined with the rich and famous. She created and sold a multi-million dollar cosmetics company. She’s held her own against some of the top labels in the country. She’s part owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. 

    Gurwitch wasn’t shipped off to some fancy boarding school. She didn’t further her career by studying within the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. She had a desire and a drive to make something of her life.

    And it started in Hattiesburg.

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