• 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.”

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Shawn McDaniel

    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

    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.

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Ginny Sims

    Meet Your Neighbor: Ginny Sims

    I have been lucky to call myself a Hattiesburger for my whole life. I was born at Forrest General Hospital, and I grew up in the University Heights neighborhood. My dad worked as a police officer for the Hattiesburg Police Department, and my mom was a teacher in the Forrest County School District. The oldest of four children, we all attended Forrest County Agricultural High School and went on to become alumni at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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