• Meet Kat Spangler Kimmel

    For Kat Spangler Kimmel, everyone has a story to tell and she is happy to listen to them. Those stories allow Kimmel to learn more about the storyteller and to become a better person.

    The sign over her office door at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg says, “Kat Spangler, Associate Minister.” She’s been at the church since 2013, but she recently married Tom Kimmel, a nationally-known songwriter and musician.

  • Elks Krewe Celebrates Mardi Gras

    The new Royalty are King Elk LII, Scott Miller of Oak Grove and Queen Elk LII, Pam Compton of Moselle.
    The evening began with the Krewe Cocktail Party. Guests were greeted by King Elk LI Ed Shaw and his spouse, Mary; Queen Elk LI Lou Murphy and Krewe Captain Mike Compton, and his wife, Pam. The theme for the evening was “Moonlight Masquerade.” 

  • Fit on 4th Street

    While I've bragged about my arsenal of gym memberships, there has always been a workout even I have avoided: high intensity interval training with big ole weights, commonly known as Crossfit. It wasn't a fear of gaining bulky muscles or inconvenient class times that kept me away; I was flat out intimidated.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Petal


    Eight high school juniors are seeking the title of Petal Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss). Themed “Mississippi on My Mind,” the program will feature Jonathan Brannan as emcee, entertainment by the Petal Upper Elementary showchoir and 2018 Petal DYW Meagan Smith, who was named First Alternate to Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman at the State Program last summer.

    Petal participants include:

  • Signature Magazine Q&A: Brittany Purvis

    What is your idea of happiness? 
    Being at home with my boyfriend and our two cats.

    What is your greatest fear? 
    Being alone.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    Reading a text and then forgetting to reply.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?  
    Not using their blinker and also being closed-minded.
    What is your most prized possession?
    My fur coat.

  • Meet the Carvers

    Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are behind them, Bryan and Sarah Carver are working to catch their collective breath and refocus their attention on the second side of Twin Forks Wine + Provisions.

    The Carvers have been building their success for the past four years at 408 Hemphill St. in Hattiesburg. The wine store has been doing well for the pair, but the “Provisions” – cheese and special food items – is moving slowly, but steadily.

    Now the work begins again on the facilities.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Forrest & Lamar County


    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

  • Jump On It

    Growing up in rural North Mississippi, my parents bought their house in the late 1970s as one of only two on an isolated road. Far from the suburbs, my brothers and I were routinely turned loose into the “neighborhood” to seek our own entertainment. The expansive acres brought woods to explore, trees to climb and eventually, a handful of playmates as more houses cropped up through the years.

  • 2017 Debutantes

    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 65th season this year. The 2017 debutante officers are: President Holleman St. John, Vice President Margaret Campbell, Secretary Maria Enger, Social Chair Macy Mitchell, Publicity Chair Peyton Dorsey, Decorations Co-Chairs Ann Louise Whitehead and Olivia Bridges and Historian Gabrielle Graham, executed this year’s celebrations.

    The debutantes to be presented:

  • The Signature Q&A: Sarah Newton

    What is your idea of happiness?
    That magical moment when the people you love most all are happy.

    What is your greatest fear?
    Not preparing my children to be happy, self-sufficient adults.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

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