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.
“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.
“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.
When I first heard Hattiesburg was getting a Cyclebar, an indoor cycling arena known in a previous life as ‘spin class,’ I can’t say I was enthused to add yet another gym to my already boisterous list of athletic memberships. I spend countless hours lifting, toning and burning my quads in hopes of lengthening and thinning them,not bulking and burning them to no end. After failing to take advantage of the free rides offered during Cyclebar’s grand opening in October 2016, I continued to hear my friends exclaim in disbelief that I had not gone for a session.
Scott Covington, 44, is a business analyst at Coca-Cola Bottling Company with a B.A. from Texas A&M University. Undefeated as both a college and professional football coach, Scott enjoys playing golf, attending USM football and baseball games and currently holds the (self-appointed) title of World’s Greatest Dad.
What is your idea of happiness?
Good food, good drinks and lots of laughs!
What is your greatest fear?
Letting down my family.
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni to its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13, as one of the highlights of the 2017 Homecoming celebration. The Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize those whose contributions have helped move the University forward.
Rich Corsetto ‘71
For someone who has always hated public speaking, Brittany Purvis sure spends a great deal of time on stage. The comic does regular open mic shows, in addition to performing with Hattiesburlesque and hosting trivia in the Hub City.
The Wilmer, Ala., native moved to Hattiesburg in 2010 to attend The University of Southern Mississippi. After finishing her degree in psychology, Purvis decided to stick around.
“I met a cool guy, and the town was cool so I had no excuse to leave,” Purvis said.
Michelle is a current stay-at-home mom and a head football coach’s wife. She and her husband, Jay, have two daughters; Hyde (16), Hannah (14). Michelle enjoys cooking healthy meals, exercise, football, spending time with her daughters and husband, watching their activities, volunteering at church and in the community.
Joshua Roberson knew other people in Hattiesburg had mustaches and beards. So he hoped that maybe that common interest was
enough to make new friends and get some buddies together. So he began a Facebook page titled, “Hattiesburg Facial Hair Society.” And the page’s popularity is bordering on 90 members.
When Bradley Myers decided that buying certain accessories to his business wardrobe were going to mount up the expenses, he decided that making those items would be more cost-effective.
So Bradley, the mastermind behind Hattiesburg’s Professional Beard Oil, called out to the Mother of Invention again. He had already designed the beard oil after growing out his beard to win a local contest – and a trip to Boston – so this was just the next logical step for Myers.