• Storytellers

    Stories by Beth Bunch and Haskel Burns
    Photos by Rob Walker

    Three men. Three Paths. Three very different journeys. 

    Ravic 'Doc' Ringlaben

    Flyin' Bryan Hicks

    Jim Coll

     

  • HPSD Hattiesburg High Hall of Fame Class

    Fifteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the 2019 Hattiesburg Hall of Fame by the Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation.
    Inductees for the 2019 Class, the second-ever announced, come from fields of business, politics, education, healthcare, journalism, and sports.

  • Signature Q & A: Elijah Jones

    ELIJAH JONES is a Hattiesburg native and graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. He lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, where he worked as manager for fitness expert Richard Simmons. From Hattiesburg, he was a writer for Simmons’ website. Now in a state of semi-retirement, Elijah spends part of his free time writing a bi-weekly column for ThePineBeltNEWS.  

    What is your idea of happiness? 
    Being with friends I love.

  • Hobos, Heroes, and Street Corner Clowns

    The Shop Downtown is one of those mythical places you usually only hear stories about. Equal parts dive bar and bohemian art market, the small, disheveled 800-square-foot oasis in downtown Hattiesburg first opened its doors in the early 2000s as The Grill and Grocery and was resurrected in 2014 with a new owner and a new name.

  • Friends Reunite: Fairley's Wings and More

    Reunited… and it feels sooooo good
    After a multi-month hiatus, the Food with Friends crew has finally teamed up once again to do what we do best – eat and chat. This month’s adventure brings us to Fairley’s Wings and More in Downtown Hattiesburg. We were excited to get the gang back together and enjoy a spread from the local wing joint. Jamie even showed up in his “I Am Fairley’s Wings” T-shirt that he got at the ribbon cutting when the business first opened its doors.

  • Noteworthy: Remembering Dr. John and the Importance of NOLA Music

    A city on the Mississippi River, New Orleans has opened its loving arms to a variety of cultures, languages, cuisine, and lifestyles, carefully spreading all of these ingredients into the bouillabaisse that preserves their joie d'vivre. We lost one of the great ambassadors of New Orleans music and culture in Mac Rebennack, a/k/a Dr. John, The Night Tripper. Crowds as far as the camera eye could see gathered together to walk with his spirit just one more time after news spread of his passing at 77. 

  • Signature Q&A: Frank Caliendo

     

    FRANK CALIENDO, 45, is returning to the Hub City a second time for this year’s Laughs4Life fundraising event Aug. 2 at The Saenger Theater. A comedian, actor, and impressionist, Caliendo has been making people laugh his entire life. He is well known for his impressions of famous personal-ities – Donald Trump, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino and Robin Williams, to name a few. On stage, his high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. 

     

  • Meet Chris Cook

    Chris Cook is a cut above the competition as his barber shop, JC Cook Barber Shop, sheared the competition for Best Barber Shop in 2019 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    Cook, 40, came by his profession honestly. As the shop’s Facebook page proudly proclaims, “the Cook name has been synonymous with barbering in the Pine Belt since the 1940s. I'm proud to carry on the family tradition in my shop since 2005.”

  • Meet USM Police Chief Rusty Keyes

    After graduating from Petal High School in 1986, Rusty Keyes began his career with intentions in sports medicine, working under a scholarship as a student athletic trainer for the University of Southern Mississippi football team.
    But four years later, Keyes found his path leading in a somewhat different direction when he joined the Hattiesburg Police Department as a patrol officer – a move that would set him up in a veritable lifelong career in law enforcement, and eventually, as chief of the Southern Miss Police Department.

  • Signature Q&A: Linda Eder

    LINDA EDER, 58, will be featured as this year’s FestivalSouthFinale performer along with the FestivalSouth Orchestra. Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Eder began her career right out of high school, eventually landing a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But it was her appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. 

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