• Behind the Scenester gives back

    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.

  • 'Man Camp' builds better men

    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.”

  • Born to Ride

    On a dark desert highway,
    Cool wind in my hair..

  • Carving out a career

    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.

  • Tumble & Twirl

    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. 

  • Hub City welcomes Miss Hospitality contestants

    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.

  • Best of the Pine Belt Show Winners announced

    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:

    Best Bartender:
    Terry Jordan of Patio 44

    Best Volunteer:
    Catherine Lott

    Best Comedian:
    Jamie Arrington

  • BOPB Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame

    Leatha Jackson, T-Bone’s Records and Cafe, and FestivalSouth founder Dr. Jay Dean were all inducted as inaugural members of the new Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame during the recent BOPB awards gala held at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

    The Hall of Fame is the brainchild of Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson, who said he wanted a way to honor businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to improve the quality of life here in the Pine Belt.

  • Meet Tom Colt

    It has always been said that if you pick a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Tom Colt knows this to be fact as he calls his job with Rock 104 nothing but fun. That fun has landed him the Best of the Pine Belt ‘Best Radio Music DJ’ designation for 2016.
    Colt stumbled into journalism with a desire to do radio. He never longed to be a reporter, simply to work for a radio station. And a journalism degree seemed like the way to go.

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