The citizens of Hattiesburg and the surrounding area know the Clevelands well. For the better part of the last 100 years, there has been a member of the Cleveland family contributing to sports journalism in the state of Mississippi, but more importantly, the Hattiesburg area.
Audrey Kelly of Huntsville, Ala., began making ties for her family and friends as a sophomore in high school. When her father’s request for cotton ties was passed from mother to daughter, Kelly stepped in to pick up the family craft. As requests grew, she expanded the hobby into a small business called All Tied Up 256.
When Kelly’s grandfather, Rex Kelly, asked her to sew a bow tie for Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, sixth president of The University of Southern Mississippi, she was ecstatic to share her talents with someone so dear to the University and her family.
Wes Brooks came by his job honestly. Although he wouldn’t say for certain that divine intervention was involved, Brooks did have a good reason to become the development coordinator at the DuBard School of Language Disorders on the Southern Miss campus.
He and his wife, Shane, had been walking through DuBard’s doorway years earlier with their son, Campbell, who is now 13.
Michael Duncan always considered himself to be a renaissance man, of sorts. A chef. An entrepreneur. Music aficionado. Sports enthusiast.
But when a neighbor once asked for help changing the oil on his lawnmower, he was out of luck.
“I think it’s every man’s dream to be able to do ‘man’ things,” he said. “And while we all have different skill sets, there are some common knowledge type things that manage to elude some of us. I wanted to fill in those gaps in my personal life and when I talked to my buddies about it, they felt the same way.”
Through the years people collect furniture in their homes out of necessity, such as a bed to sleep in each night or a table to sit down to dinner. One Hattiesburg resident has constructed a business around building what he calls “heirloom quality” furniture. He hopes the furnishings stick around with families for years to come, the owner carrying on the most basic day-to-day tasks using a unique piece of furniture that fits them.
Patrick Bond is the owner of Custom Furniture and Millwork.
The summer months have passed by quickly, and it is almost time for children to go back to school. Fall is also the season for joining new activities and classes like ballet, piano or martial arts, as well as sports like basketball or soccer. However, it’s also important to involve children in extracurricular activities that focus on friendship, healthy habits and being good citizens.
Experience Southern elegance and tradition at the 67th Annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant July 22 and 23rd at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg.
This year, as the pageant celebrates 67 years of hospitality and grace, 27 of Mississippi’s best and brightest young ladies will take the stage to compete for the 2016 title – a title that comes with a ticket to travel across the nation promoting the state’s economic development and tourism programs.
The Hattiesburg faithful came out in droves for the inaugural Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show held Friday, June 3, at the Saenger Theater.
Sponsored by visitHattiesburg and presented by Festival South and Signature Magazine, the fun-filled event featured live musical performances from a number of local acts and the presentation of 12 key awards including:
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