• Terry Burke, the Pine Belt's own Saint Nick

    Even young children understand that sometimes during this particularly busy time of year – the holidays – that even Santa needs a helping hand at times.

    In the week’s leading up to Santa’s Christmas Eve jaunt around the world, when the crunch to get the toys made becomes maddening, Santa can’t be everywhere hearing the final wishes of good boys and girls. That’s when he recruits the help of those gentle bearded souls around the world to go out and hear those wishes.

    Enter Terry Burke, a hand-picked Santa helper in the Pine Belt.

  • Orangetheory Fitness

    Back in the spring of this year, when the first of The District at Midtown's shops began to open, I heard rumor of a yet-to-be-named “orange” group exercise facility possibly becoming one the newest tenants in the development. So, when I bumped into Orangetheory® Hattiesburg's owner Scott Russell in the grocery store parking lot, identifiable by his orange-wrapped truck, I immediately requested a chance to check it out. 

  • The Long of the Short Story

    As innocuous as it may seem, given the impending pressure of technology and the diminishing amount of personal time, the short story may be our best choice of literature. In just about 30 minutes, one short story can provide the necessary time away from screens and offer you the meditation you are searching for.

  • Prologue: November

    This is the time of year that reminds me of my grandmother.
    The daylilies (or naked ladies) have just finished blooming, the leaves (which were the bain of her existence) have been steadily falling, there’s a cool in the air, and pumpkins, turkeys, cornucopia and the like have dotted the harvest decor landscape.

  • Star-Worthy Beer

    Stella Artois was originally brewed back in the 1700s as part of the new wave of European brewers’ experimentation with this crazy new type of beer from Pilsen Germany. This “pilsner’ beer was radically different from the ales that everyone knew and loved. This new yeast fermented at much lower temperatures than traditional ale yeasts and produced a crisp, clear, and light-on-tongue beer. A beer you could see through! Shocking!  Damn near scandalous.  To say it took the beer world by storm would be an understatement.

  • 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

  • Food with Friends: Live @ Five

    A Hattiesburg institution started by Sarah Newton in 2008, Live at Five is what happens when you bring all the best parts of Hattiesburg together: live music, local food and downtown. Much like Hattiesburg, Live at Five is ever expanding, now here for a whopping six weeks this fall.

  • No Payne, No Gain: Campus Recreation offers more than ‘just a gym’

    Contrary to my current priorites, beforethe fall of 2004, I had never set foot in a gym. When the desire for a change of scenery (and abundant scholarship money) brought me to Southern Miss freshman year, it took a few months (and the standard 15lb weight gain from the commons’ pizza and Cherry Coke) before I first became acquainted with the Payne Center. 

  • Smells Like School Spirit

    The kingdom of sports fandom is one that has long tolerated what you may call "the rebellious fan." While sports are in general designed to bring large groups of people together - it can be said, some of us definitely find a way to support our teams - yet sit apart.

  • Passion brings photography to life: DANNY RAWLS

    Somebody once posed a seemingly obvious question to Danny Rawls: “I like your pictures, but mine don’t look that good – what do you do?”

    Rawls’ reply was one simple word: Passion.

    “You can’t just mash a button and it’s just going to be like you want it,” said Rawls, a Hattiesburg resident who has studied and practiced the art of photography for most of his adult life. “I find myself, sometimes, living and breathing it too much. Everywhere I go I see an image.”

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