• Nutcracker: South Mississippi Ballet Theatre to celebrate 10th Anniversary PERFORMANCE

    South Mississippi Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional ballet training academy located in Hattiesburg, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. The professional production will take place at 7 p.m. December 7 and 2 p.m. December 8 at the Brownstone Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, as well as 7 p.m. December 13, 2 and 7 p.m. December 14, and 2:30 p.m. December 15 at Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

  • 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.

  • MEET THE... America READS Mississippi

    Since 2010, when Ekklesia Church in Hattiesburg first took part in the America Reads Mississippi Program – an initiative through Americorps Mississippi which helps place tutors in local schools – nine full-time reading tutors have been placed throughout the Hattiesburg Public School District, putting in more than 5,500 hours of one-one-one tutoring for more than 139 students.

  • 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.

  • Jim Meade

    Jim Meade’s passion for teaching remains as vibrant as his first day on the job 49 years ago as a member of The University of Southern Mississippi’s faculty.

    “I love teaching, and have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Meade of his nearly half-century career at USM as a professor of art and design.

    Whether in his youth as a swimming instructor or a Boy Scout showing others the proper technique for tying knots, and now teaching art to college students, Meade says he’s “never been stingy with my energy and knowledge.”

  • 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.”

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