• 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Signature Q&A: Dave Davies

    Dr. David R. Davies is professor in the School of Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi. From 2007 to 2014, he was the dean of the Southern Miss Honors College, and from 2014 to 2018 he was director of the School of Mass Communication & Journalism. He is a graduate of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University, where he earned a master's degree in journalism. He also holds a master's degree in American history from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D.

  • 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.”

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