• Children's Center Classic 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Feb. 23

    When Hannah Southerland went on stage to receive her Mississippi Occupational Diploma from Lawrence County High School in 2013, her entire class gave her a standing ovation. Surely, this kind of moment would have been exciting and memorable for any family. But for Hannah’s family, it also signified how far she had come and how many odds she had defied. When Hannah was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy at a very young age, her family was left feeling uncertain about what the future would hold – a feeling to which any parent of a child with special needs can relate.

  • Hattiesburg's 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade Saturday Feb. 23

    In its seventh year, the parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and will include a number of floats, walking groups and plenty of beads and other trinkets. Area residents are ready for a parade after last year’s event was cancelled due to the forecast for inclement weather.

    “A highlight of this year’s parade will be in the addition of the Honey Island Clydesdale horses,” said Melissa Saucier, parade director. 

    This year’s parade will lead off with the University of Southern Mississippi cheerleaders riding a Hattiesburg fire truck.

  • Modern Fit: Treat Yourself

    For more than a year, Modern Fit has explored the varied plethora of ways to make healthy habits in the Pine Belt. For our Love issue, I wanted to examine another healthful practice that has popped up in many an Instagram hashtag these days: Self-care. 

    With both physical and emotional benefits to be found, I enlisted the help of The Lotus Downtown Day Spa and Salon in downtown (duh) Hattiesburg for some hands-on research in the art of unwinding.

  • Film Snob: Valley Girl

    A chick from the valley and a punk from the city.

    Released in April 1983, and shot in just 21 days on a shoestring budget that went mostly to cover the soundtrack and where the cast had to provide their own clothes for their characters’ wardrobes, Valley Girl may just be the penultimate story of star-crossed lovers.

    Inspired from Frank Zappa’s song of the same name, the producers had hoped to make a quick buck and gave the director, Martha Coolidge, total creative freedom as long as she promised to include partial nudity.

    Total boob count by the way? Seven.

  • What's in my Closet: Skincare Edition

    Hello and Happy New Year, fashionistas! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. With it being the new year, I wanted to shake things up a bit and start this month with something a little different to what I have normally done in the past. I’d like to take this month’s piece and focus on one thing… skincare. Yes, you read that correctly. This month, I am going to give you guys a breakdown of what skincare products I use and what they are specifically used for, as well as go through my daily and nightly skincare routine.

  • Game Changer

    Photos by Mark Steele

    Roberts family goes all in to make new midtown Corner Market location an experience for local grocery shoppers.

    When the late H. David “Doc” Roberts opened his family’s first grocery store 50 years ago, it’s hard to believe he could have imagined the company’s 50,000 square foot flagship Corner Market store that recently opened in midtown Hattiesburg.

  • Hattiesburg Debutante Association's 2018 Debutantes

    A 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 66th season this year.

    The 2018 debutante officers who planned this year’s celebration are:  President Mary Morgan Gratwick, Vice President Brie Dyess, Secretary Claire Schwartz, Treasurer Kristen Pickering, Social Chairman Maggie Phillips, Publicity Chairman Madison Dyar, Decorations Co-Chairs Hannah Flathau and Mary Franklin McCarthy, and Historian Caroline Duff.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Lamar County Scholarship Program

    The Distinguished Young Women of Lamar County (formerly Junior Miss) program will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Petal Scholarship Program

    Petal's 2020 Distinguished Young Women Program will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Petal High School’s Performing Arts Center. Nine young women will contend for cash scholarships and other prizes through competition areas of self-expression, fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview.

    The young woman named Petal’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman will go on to compete at the state competition to be held in Meridian, followed by a national competition in Alabama, which is the birthplace of the program.

  • More Songs about Buildings (and food)

    "If Music be the food of love - play on!" - William Shakespeare

    Like Music (and Duke Orsino from Shakespeare's mixed-up comedy Twelfth Night, cited above), food can overwhelm and drown even the most ravenous appetite or just a few nibbles from a cornucopia of plates can satiate one and all. However, albums about food, with food on the cover or with food as a title are few and far between. So we sally forth to dine on a smorgasbord of the very best.

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