• 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. 

  • Ties that bind

    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. 

  • JA Humanitarian of the Year

    By Buster Wolfe

  • 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. 

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