An opportunity to do a little modeling doesn’t come one’s way often, but when it does it’s a chance not to be passed up. Just ask Sandy Nourse Carter.
Carter has lived in Hattiesburg since 1992, but grew up in the Bronx of New York City. It was while in the Big Apple that the now 70-year-old Carter had a taste of what the modeling life was all about, even if it only lasted a couple of years.
Carter explained she and a friend, Gwen Woodbury, both had good jobs at the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan. It was there that both women would eventually meet their husbands.
The three biggest inanimate loves of my life have been – movies, music and football. The longest lasting of those relationships has been music.
I was given my first 45 single when I was 5 years old. It was Herman’s Hermits’ “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.” My second 45 was the Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” I wish those two were reversed because I would love for my first musical purchase to have been the Beatles. But to a preschooler in 1965, there was no difference between the Beatles and Herman’s Hermits.
Cary Hudson was born 53 years ago at Forrest General Hospital, and hails from Sumrall Mississippi. Today, he takes turns staying in New Orleans and at his cabin on Hayden's Creek in Covington County...it’s the best of both worlds! He is a guitarist with the Piney Woods Players and partner in the Piney Woods Picnic. he has a teenage daughter, Anna Gayle. He is also a beekeeper with his gal, Jennifer Forbes. He considers himself one lucky guy.
What is your idea of happiness?
Making other people happy with music.
Community planner, idea generator, small business leash-holder, volunteer for every occasion and my ride-or-die best friend. That’s quite a list of job descriptions – but those reasons and many more are why I’d like to spend this month telling you more about Staci Cox.
Albert Schweitzer, French-German philosopher, once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful to those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
On Friday nights in April and October, many Hattiesburg residents can be found downtown setting up their chairs or blankets and settling in for a night of music and fun at Live @ Five.
Sarah Newton, former president of the Downtown Association, is the creator of the Hattiesburg concert series, which was named Best Local Music Festival in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting. (Finalists in the 2017 voting are named on Pages 32-35 and voting in the next round begins March 1).
Michael Simeon of Lumberton, who earned instant fame in 2014 when he danced with Jennifer Lopez during his audition for “American Idol,” is still staying involved with his music.
However, his attention is laser-focused on Saturday, May 13, when he graduates from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
So, how does the same singer/songwriter/producer go from being a Top 12 male finisher on “American Idol” to a bookworm with electrical engineering on his mind? For Simeon, the answer is actually simple.
Real Talk with Real People is an opportunity to highlight people in our community who are sometimes complicated and sometimes a beautiful mess, but at the very core, very real. This month, I would like to introduce you to Sid Collins.
I was raised by the uniform. With a large number of family members in both law enforcement and military, I’ve always been able to pick those folks out in a crowd. I can’t tell you the exact date I met Sid Collins, but I immediately knew he fell into that category.
“You don’t have to be crazy to work here, we’ll teach you.”
It’s a saying that rings true for Joyce Hicks, who started Blooms, A Gardening Shop in Hattiesburg in 2004. The saying was on a small plaque she sold in the store at one time. The staff, which has become part of her bigger family, would probably concur.
Adrienne Hicks Garanich, 38, is co-owner of Blooms A Garden Shop, The Bay Bed & Breakfast and Celebrations. She has a bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and bachelor of arts in French from The University of Southern Mississippi. She and husband, Bill, have two kids, William (4) and Alexandra (21 months). She said travel looks a little different these days with two kids in tow, but it’s still what she lovesto do most, especially international travel. When she worked in advertising, honors and awards were important.