• Storytellers

    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

     

  • Meet Chris Cook

    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

    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.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: David Ott

    Meet Your Neighbor: David Ott

    A product of the Hub City, David Ott had to leave for several years to truly appreciate what he was missing back in south Mississippi.
    Ott’s family, which included three brothers and two first cousins who grew up with them, were quite a handful for his mother.
     “There were six or seven guys in a three-bedroom house (on Miller Street),” Ott said. “It was fun. I was just glad I was the youngest. I would sleep anywhere.”
    He said it was a shock when one of his brothers got married and his sister-in-law actually moved into the house.

  • Womanly Wisdom

    Womanly Wisdom

    Chances are if you’ve been given advice at some point in your life – whether you’re a man or a woman – it came from your mother, a grandmother, a favorite aunt, a bossy sister, a respected teacher, a best friend or some other woman who has made a lasting impression on you. The Pine Belt has a plethora of women who enrich the lives of many of its residents day in and day out. It’s this advice or wisdom they’ve cultivated through their many experiences in life.

  • Meet Go Young Fashion Owner Jerry Buti

    Meet Go Young Fashion Owner Jerry Buti

    Jerry Buti of Go Young Fashion in downtown Hattiesburg came to America chasing an education and wealth. He’s done pretty well for himself. 

    This year his downtown business celebrates 40 years of serving men of all ages, sizes and ethnicities. He was asked one time why he didn’t carry women’s clothing. “Because what women put on they look good; men tend to be a little slobby,” he said.

  • Rooted in the Piney Woods

    Rooted in the Piney Woods

    Photo by Keith Kujath 

    Cary Hudson’s roots run deep in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi. Raised in Sumrall with time spent in Jackson and Oxford, he toured extensively before making his way back. It’s here where he’s most at home – both with his life and with his music.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Becky McKeehan

    Meet Your Neighbor: Becky McKeehan

    Becky McKeehan, first and foremost, originally considered herself a writer of poetry – not a songwriter or musician, and certainly not an instrumentalist.

    So it’s a good thing she decided to pick up a guitar one day – eventually focusing on bass guitar – or the Pine Belt music scene might be devoid of some pretty influential and well-known bands.

  • Open Arms

    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

    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.”

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