• Signature Q&A: Jamie Farris

    Jamie Farris earned a Bachelor degree from Mississippi State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is married to Misty Farris, and they have two daughters – Abby, 13, and Madelyn, 9. When he is not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, working out, golf and trying to educate himself on new wine or spirits for the store.


    What is your idea of happiness?
    At the beach with my wife and a drink


  • Petal Distinguished Young Women

    Eleven high school juniors are seeking the title of Petal Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss) during an Enchanted Evening at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. The program to name a successor to Annaleigh Buckley will be held at the Petal High School Performing Arts Center.

    Jonathan Brannon will serve as emcee for the night, while entertainment will be provided by the Petal Upper Elementary showchoir. The annual event is sponsored by the LeBonte Club of Petal

    Tickets, which are $10, are available at the door. Children under the age of five will be admitted free.

  • Forrest, Lamar Distinguished Young Women

    The Distinguished Young Women of Forrest and Lamar Counties (formerly Junior Miss) program will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. The Distinguished Young Women program awards college scholarships to juniors in high school based on areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression and physical fitness. 


    Forrest County Contestants

  • Real Talk with Real People: Scott Covington

    Where we live is a special place. I know this, and I hope you know that. For that reason, the goal of this monthly piece is to give you a small glimpse into lives that are very real, sometimes complicated and a beautiful mess - all at the same time. This is Real Talk with Real People; and this month, I would like to introduce you to Scott Covington.


    “Me? Are you sure you want to start off this whole thing with me?”

  • Meet Eoin Redmond

    Ireland, the birthplace of writer Oscar Wilde and Guinness beer, is also home to a local chef who has made his home in Hattiesburg. Originally from Ireland, Eoin Redmond came to the United States years ago, but it was quite a while before he moved to the Hub City. Redmond is the director of Food and Beverage Operations for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

    However, before he claimed that title, he was a chef living in New York working at a restaurant called Oceana.

  • Meet the Breadsmith girls

    Growing up, the two young girls looked up to their father, a local business owner. When they made it to college, the duo pursued the dream of owning a business of their own and graduated from William Carey University with degrees in business administration.

    Hattiesburg residents Stephanie Messina and Heather Bickham are the owners of the Breadsmith Hattiesburg location on Hardy Street. Breadsmith was voted Best Bread in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting. Voting begins for the 2017 competition on Jan. 14 (See story on Page 33 of this issue.)

  • Letters to Santa: Tess R. Smith

    Dear Santa,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the school district that I love. The Lamar County School District is blessed in so many ways. We have a dedicated school board, supportive parents, a hard-working staff and wonderful students.

    Is it a perfect business? Of course it is not, but LCSD works very hard to ensure that each May we put the best product on that stage to receive a diploma. Our students are our product, and we take great pride in what we produce.

  • Letters to Santa: Jim Coll

    Dear Santa,

    How are you? I trust that preparation is going well for the big day next month. Before we get to my wish list, I should warn you that my daughter Macy is once again asking for a real unicorn. I know that has been a challenge in the past. I have been looking as well, but have not had much luck. If you could pull that off, there is no doubt you would regain top status in the Coll home no matter how much chocolate the Easter Bunny carries with him next spring.

  • Letters to Santa: Mik Davis

    Dear Santa,

    As human being on this Earth, this marks the first year I simply do not know what to ask for.  While last year’s wish for a reasonable campaign season went unanswered – I will not ask to understand why. As I look around, I see that most of us struggle and we are also doing alright.    So to reiterate (and not suspiciously drive any point home), we are the fortunate ones.  It is only fitting that I ask that this be the year you enjoy the locally-made milk and cookies while we are out trying to help those less fortunate.

    –Mik Davis

  • Letters to Santa: Mike Lopinto

    Dear Santa,

    It’s me again, Mike, from FestivalSouth. Nothing much has changed here, except maybe a little perspective. Most of us are so blessed here, asking for much of anything seems downright greedy.

    I guess I’d ask that you open people’s eyes to the amazing things our area has to offer them. I hear people say all the time, “There’s nothing to do here.” Well, that’s just not true.

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