• Open Arms

    Photos by Lee Cave, C Studio

     

    Hattiesburg's Michael Dixon embraces life - and has from the start. Even during those days he didn't know what was next, he knew the right opportunity would come along. And he's never been disappointed. 

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Leigh Ann and Greg Underwood

    First impressions are important. For Greg and Leigh Ann Underwood of Hattiesburg, it was most definitely not love at first sight.

    In fact, Leigh Ann found herself hoping she would be out of town at times when the group of friends that included Greg got together.

    The couple met through Leigh Ann’s roommate, who had known Greg from high school and eventually married Greg’s roommate.

     “She went to the sister school to his all- boys school,” said Leigh Ann. “There was always a picture of him in my room.”

  • Signature Q&A: Cheryl Fletcher

    Cheryl Fletcher is a wedding professional, who has owned Forrest Paper and Bridal Co., a bridal and stationery boutique, in downtown Hattiesburg for 15 years. More recently, she opened Ardor Venue, a space for hosting more intimate gatherings, next door. Fletcher has won national recognition for her custom invitation design, which is one of the specialties of her boutique. When she isn't helping her brides, she enjoys trips to the beach, running, walking her German Shepherd and family time.

  • Signature Q&A: Josh Casper

    What is your idea of happiness? 
    Friends around a table eating food, talking about everything.

     

    What is your greatest fear? 
    Not leaving behind something meaningful and good.

     

    What trait you most deplore in yourself? 
    Doubt. 

     

    What trait you most deplore in others? 
    Wastefulness.

     

    What is your most prized possession?
    My pots and pans.

     

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Shawn McDaniel

    Photo by Jessica Raspberry

     

    If Shawn McDaniel wasn’t tending to libations at Keg and Barrel, the former software engineer would probably be somewhere tinkering with a computer. But his end goal is to eventually own his own restaurant or bar. 

  • Bill Mowers Reinvents Himself to Help Others

    For those who ever doubted the old adage “When one door closes, another one opens,” look no further than Bill Mowers.

    After moving from Boston to Hattiesburg in 2010 to work with high-temperature polymer composites for the United States Department of Defense, Mowers saw the project he was working on at The Accelerator come to an end after funding for that endeavor dried up. Realizing there weren’t many other options in Hattiesburg for someone with a PhD in polymer and organic chemistry, Mowers decided to reinvent himself.

  • Signature Q&A: Jamie Massengale

    What is your idea of happiness?
    Spending time with friends enjoying life.

    What is your greatest fear?
    Not living up to my potential.

    What trait you most deplore in yourself?
    I’m perpetually hungry.

    What trait you most deplore in others?
    Ignorance and bigotry.

    What is your most prized possession?
    My associates degree from PRCC (joking).

    Which talent would you most like to have?
    The ability to rap. 

  • Signature Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Edition

    Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude evokes memories of the family gathered around the dining room table laden with holiday favorites, children dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans or volunteers reaching out across the community to help others. For the past five years, Signature has featured the Thanksgiving traditions, complete with recipes of local families and organizations. This year we’ve pulled all that together for a neat recipe book that our readers also contributed to.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Martha Allen

    As folks around the country prepare for the bountiful meal of Thanksgiving, it seems like a perfect time for me to introduce myself. I genuinely love to meet people and I really love to share about the great work Extra Table is doing in Hattiesburg and the state.

  • Signature Q&A: Marlo Dorsey

    Marlo Dorsey is director of Marketing and Communications for VisitHattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. Dorsey previously served as the chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. She also served as vice president of marketing for Jones County Junior College. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from Louisiana State University and later received an MBA in executive management. She is married to Christopher Dorsey, and they have two children, Peyton and Carson.

     

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