• 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? 

  • 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.


    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.

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