• 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?
    Procrastination.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
    Hubris.

  • Meet the Strickland's

    Tommy and Steve Strickland believe in family. The brothers own Strickland’s Furniture, which was named the best furniture store in 2017 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    The brothers took over the store, which is now located at 6431 U.S. Hwy. 49, from their father. O.E. Strickland started the furniture store in 1962 in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    For the Stricklands, having a family-owned business drives the success of Strickland’s.

  • 2017 HUB AWARD RECIPIENTS

    The Hub Award for 2017 honored two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Bill Oliver and Andy Mercier were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center  Nov. 14.  Both Mercier and Oliver where honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.

  • Green house, Warm Hearts

     

    As I confessed in last issue, my arsenal of gym memberships, old and new, spans the geographical landscape of Hattiesburg. I've played racquetball at the Payne Center, swam at the Wesley, moved through difficult Zumba choreography at the Y, and even enjoyed the luxury of a personal trainer at the dearly departed Body Bar. So, it should be through no surprise that I found my way to yoga by the usual suspect: – torturous exercise.

  • The Signature Q&A: Toby Barker

    What is your idea of happiness?
    Sitting in a room, looking around and knowing that there’s no place in the world you’d rather be.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    I have a difficult time living in the moment.

    What is your most prized possession?
    The American flag that covered my grandfather’s casket; E.D. “Red” McKinney was a tech sergeant in the European Theatre in WWII and the greatest man who ever lived.

  • An ARC CHRISTMAS

    It’s been the Christmas season for several months now at the Arc.

    The Arc of Southeast Mississippi (Arc) is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families.

    Participants in the ARC Rise and Shine program have been busy since before Halloween crafting approximately 1,000 Christmas ornaments, as well as medals for the annual ARC Hobble then Gobble race held on Thanksgiving morning.

  • Pennington named Humanitarian of the Year

    “We are blessed.”

    Cindy Pennington’s sentiment pretty much sums up her life and those she loves and cares about. Pennington serves as executive director of the Arc.

    Pennington is blessed she has a 93-year-old mother who enjoys visiting from Decatur to enjoy Golden Eagle football and seeing other things around campus. She’s blessed that her older sister, Kathy, who was diagnosed with melanoma, is healing from surgeries and on the road to recovery. She’s also blessed to have an extended family consisting of hundreds and hundreds of Arc clients and their families.

     

  • Meet Laura Patterson

    “Lots of tears, lots of late nights,

    lots of hard work.”

    This is how Accents Fine Home Interiors and Gifts owner Laura Patterson describes the process of building her business over the past 10 years.

    Patterson is a Petal native and graduate of Petal High School. Her husband, Joseph Patterson, is from Oak Grove, where they moved after they married.

    Together they have one son, Sam, who is 8 years old.

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