• 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.

  • Free State Forager

    Photos by Chad Edwards, MCE Photography. 

    If there’s ever a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to want to follow Joseph Hosey. But you better get in line behind the roughly 150 to 200 people who have already alerted him they are coming to him. In his own words, “I’m going to have to hide from all the non-zombies, so you better be quick, because I’m not waiting. I’m going to be disappearing.” 

  • Walk It Out

    Working in the fitness industry, I’ve grown very familiar with the New Year, New You crowd. After two months of celebrating the holidays with decadent meals and desserts (my cheesecake recipe boasts a whopping 2 lbs of cream cheese calories - and that’s before you add the toppings), the dropping of the ball on January 1 offers new beginnings, at least for six weeks before Valentine’s Day candy comes to tempt us. If “get fit” has ever been an item to cross of your resolution list, you, too, understand the complete madness that is January at the gym. 

  • What's In My Closet: 'Tis the Season

    ‘Tis the season, friends! It’s time to decorate the tree and hang the stockings with care. But, wait…Wasn’t it just summer? How is Christmas already here? This year has flown by. With the holiday season upon us, whether we want to admit it or not, it’s time to do some shopping.

  • Countdown to Midnight

    Photo by Rob Walker

     

     

    Bands – really good bands – spend years searching for a way to develop that rare, magical form of communication that allows individual members to feed off one another during a performance without ever having to speak a word.

    Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, once compared it to an orchestra being able to perform an entire concerto – blindfolded, and in the dark.

  • A Tynes Family Christmas

    Margaret and David Tynes of Petal got an early start on what has become a number of Christmas traditions while on their honeymoon in Florida 38 years ago. Everywhere they travel they purchase an ornament to bring back.

    That first year the couple bought an ornament – a clear glass pear in which sits a partridge in a pear tree. Each year the ornament has a special place of honor on the couple’s Christmas tree, which up until this year has always been freshly cut. Since building this house, their tree has always been upwards of 12 feet.

  • Dear Santa Baby

    PHOTO BY LEE CAVE, C STUDIO

  • 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.

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