• 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.

  • The Gospel of Brother Dave

    The Gospel of Brother Dave

    Ever had someone tell you you couldn’t do something and that made you more determined to show them differently and succeed?

    Enter Dave Brandon – everybody’s favorite former End Zone owner, Signature and PineBeltNews delivery man and all-around good guy, whose standard wardrobe consists of khaki cargo shorts, a Hawaiian print short sleeve shirt or short sleeve fishing shirt (of which he has a running ton) in a multitude of colors – and yes, even USM gold. But he is quite dapper when he dresses up, but usually only for special occasions.

  • Passion brings photography to life:  DANNY RAWLS

    Passion brings photography to life: DANNY RAWLS

    Somebody once posed a seemingly obvious question to Danny Rawls: “I like your pictures, but mine don’t look that good – what do you do?”

    Rawls’ reply was one simple word: Passion.

    “You can’t just mash a button and it’s just going to be like you want it,” said Rawls, a Hattiesburg resident who has studied and practiced the art of photography for most of his adult life. “I find myself, sometimes, living and breathing it too much. Everywhere I go I see an image.”

  • TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    Darrel Jackson, Brass Hat

  • Art*Cetera: Tasha Messer draws people into her hobby

    Art*Cetera: Tasha Messer draws people into her hobby

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  – Pablo Picasso

    Given that statement, Picasso probably would have been pretty impressed with Tasha Messer Williams.

  • An Interview With Terry Jordan

    An Interview With Terry Jordan

    With one of the most recognizable smiles in the Pine Belt and an infectious personality to match, Hattiesburg’s Terry Jordan is much more than just a bartender. He is a Renaissance man with a passion for reading, fashion, music, food – and perhaps most importantly, his family.

     

  • Meet Ben Compton: Hub City Comic

    Meet Ben Compton: Hub City Comic

    Many people give up on their dreams as they get older, settle down and have children. For veteran and Hattiesburg resident Ben Compton, this wasn’t an option. He always knew he was interested in comedy, and a few years ago, he finally took his chance and with the support of his wife and children, began his career as a stand-up comic. 

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  keith kujath

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: keith kujath

    

    Keith Kujath of Hattiesburg has combined two of his passions into one avocation, and now he has found a mentor that provides him the inspiration in both of his endeavors.

    Kujath is a music maven, with collections of guitars, albums, recordings and – thanks to his mentor, Dick Waterman – the largest individual collection of Waterman photos. A certified clinical perfusionist by profession, Kujath bundles his love for photography and his knowledge of music, both performing and producing, to capture the essence of a stage or musical performance.

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  Rachelle steinhauer

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Rachelle steinhauer

    There are many faces and facets to Rachelle Fortenberry Steinhauer of Hattiesburg. She’s an actress, director, crafter, crocheter, attorney, wife, mother, daughter – and the list goes on.

    And on any given day, there’s a chance she wears several of those hats.

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  Valerie Cagle

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Valerie Cagle

    While Valerie Cagle’s vocation was once hospital administration (she spent 12 years working at the cancer center), her love of the unique has become an avocation and vocation all neatly packaged together.

    That has resulted in her newest venture, The Longleaf Market, located on Hwy. 589 south of Sumrall, not quite six miles from Hwy. 98 in West Hattiesburg.

    Cagle said she enjoys the business set up in what she describes as “the rural hills at the edge of a pasture.”

    “Some have described it as an escape and very peaceful,” she said.

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