• Lacy, Taylor honored with Hub Award

    The Hub Award for 2016 honors two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Jan Lacy and Rick Taylor were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center on Nov. 15. Both Lacy and Taylor were honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.

  • 2016 Debutantes

    The Hattiesburg Debutante Association will introduce 21 young women at its annual presentation program Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Saenger Theatre.

    A Debutante Ball will be held at the Hattiesburg Country Club following the presentation.

    The association started in 1952 as the Junior Cotillion of Hattiesburg and is celebrating its 64th season this year.

  • Meet Randy Thomley

    Randy Thomley figures he’s on the downhill side of Christmas for his business. And holiday shoppers who haven’t picked out a Christmas tree this year will probably see Thomley in the near future.

    Thomley, who owns and operates the Thomley Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop in Oak Grove, believes more than half of his business is done by Dec. 1. When the temperatures drop, so do the trees.

    “Some people, because of leaving town early or going offshore, will get their trees early, he said.

  • It's still a Beautiful Day

    It was a time before Ebay, Amazon and Etsy. Wal-Mart was holed up in northwest Arkansas and Target was just an insect repellent. Musicians sang without the help of auto-tune and electronic synthesizers had yet to replace the Hammond B3 organ. James Bond and Maxwell Smart were the only people capable of communicating on handheld devices. Hi-fi stereos and televisions were oversized pieces of living room furniture. We lived with rabbit ears and static, and all of the local radio stations signed off at midnight.

  • A time to be thankful

    Many celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. It has been that way for as long as they can remember. But for a Hattiesburg-area organization, Thanksgiving is celebrated the Tuesday before the real Thanksgiving Day. It’s been that way since Christian Services opened its doors 30 years ago.

    According to Jim Prout, executive director, it doesn’t matter what the date is, he always knows that Tuesday is Thanksgiving. “I don’t have to think about the date, I just know what to do on that day,” he said,

  • Signature Q&A: Michael Dixon

    Michael Dixon is a native Floridian who graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1997 with a degree in Psychology.  In 2003 he completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University.  In 2003 he married Sarah  (who is unequivocally out of his league), and they moved to Hattiesburg to begin a young adult ministry at First Baptist Church.  In 2007 Michael founded Ekklesia Hattiesburg which is a non-denominational community committed to serving those in need in Hattiesburg.  Soon thereafter Ekklesia began the

  • Meet Chip Grenn

    Hattiesburg real estate agent Chip Grenn has garnered earlier awards before being named the 2016 Best of the Pine Belt’s Best Local Realtor. However, he admits that those days are a few years behind him.

  • Meet Keenon Walker

    Everyone has a unique story about what brought him or her to the Hub City and what has kept them here. Keenon Walker, an advocate for downtown Hattiesburg and supporter of the Spectrum Center, credits the diversity of the city for keeping him here through the years.

    Walker has lived in Hattiesburg for 11 years. He is an Orange Grove native, moving to the Hub City from the Gulf Coast in 2005, just before Katrina hit, to attend The University of Southern Mississippi.

    “And I’ve just kind of been here ever since,” Walker said. “I love this town. It’s so much fun.”

  • A scholar and a fighter

    Jasmine “Coco” Whiteside was not herself. Usually reliable and upbeat, the University of Southern Mississippi senior had begun ditching plans with friends and texting photos of herself crying.
    Her mother, Angela Whiteside, was baffled. She knew her daughter as intelligent and independent, the kind of kid who takes care of business.
     “Whatever you wanted or needed, Coco was there for you,” Whiteside said. “Ain’t nobody perfect, but she was perfect.”
     And now she was a perfect mess.

  • A name synonymous with sports

    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. 

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