Culture

Music, Fashion, Theatre, and more
  • Putting the pieces together

    Putting the pieces together

    The transom above Kyle Baughman’s bedroom door is a stained glass sunrise of his own creation. “That way I’ll get a sunrise every day, no matter what time I wake up,” said the artist. It’s that sunny happy feeling that helps Baughman create – whether it’s a beautiful stained glass piece, music, scenes in a movie or doing hard labor.

    The Hattiesburger is a jack of all trades and he likes it that way, dabbling in a lot, but not tied down by any.

    These days, Hub City Stained Glass is a passion he’s designing and putting together, one colorful piece at a time.

     

  • Putting fun back into learning, playing music

    Putting fun back into learning, playing music

    Learning is not fun. Nine times out of 10, the reason people quit playing an instrument is simply because they’re not having fun. Whether it’s because the songs they’re learning are boring, or because they’re only exposed to theory, unfortunately, many more people attempt to learn an instrument than those who successfully do.

    Some people, specifically husband and wife team Justin and Amie Nunez, are trying to change that.

  • Centennial Celebration

    Centennial Celebration

    From its launch of operations in 1917, Camp Shelby is officially celebrating 100 years of service through multiple events this month, including a black-tie gala and family day.

    Renowned veteran war correspondent and highly-acclaimed co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once...And Young,” Joe Galloway will deliver the keynote address during Camp Shelby’s black-tie gala at 6pm Thursday, July 13. The “Centennial Salute,” a formal-attire ticketed event, will be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg and is open to military and civilian guests.

  • Larger than Life

    Larger than Life

    Looking around the law offices of James K. Dukes on Pine Street shows the full and blessed life that the 82-year-old attorney has enjoyed in the Hub City. The first thing to stand out while waiting to see Dukes is the print of the famous 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Course.

    “Yes, I’ve played it,” he said later after he settled into his office chair. It’s Friday and Dukes isn’t expected in court, so he’s wearing a fishing shirt. “I have worn a tie for so long, I hate the things.”

  • Meet April Bullock

    Meet April Bullock

    They say you never like an outfit as much as you do in the dressing room of the store. April Bullock, owner of Eve Marie’s in Hattiesburg and Ivy Boutique in D’Iberville, is working to make sure her stores are stocked with the most unique items that appeal to each and every customer. It’s her dedication to her customers that got her named the winner of the 2017 Best of the Pine Belt Best Women’s Clothing category.

    The Biloxi native moved to Hattiesburg in 2000 to begin school at The University of Southern Mississippi. She knew then that she wanted to own a boutique.

  • Meet Logan Grubbs

    Meet Logan Grubbs

    At first, Logan Grubbs of Hattiesburg didn’t want to get involved in the “social” part of social media. If anything, he said he could really do without opening up his life on the Internet.

    Grubbs was more interested in taking photographs with his iPhone. When Instagram came along about five years ago, he developed a passion for the app.

  • Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame

    We have a bit of an embarrassment of riches going on here in the Pine Belt. There’s a sense of community and belongingness here that encompasses those from all walks of life, simply because of where we live. It’s a feeling that extends to lifelong members of our community, to students living here while in college, to those from other cities and towns who, for various reasons, decide to make Hattiesburg, Mississippi, their home, and then contribute fully to improving our collective quality of life.

  • Signature Q&A: Justin Martin

    Signature Q&A: Justin Martin

    Justin Martin is the general manager of WUSM and a media law instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a B.S. in Mass Communication, Recording Industry: Management from Middle Tennessee State University, a JO. from MS College School of Law and a Ph.D. A.8.0. in Mass Communication from USM; He is an audio engineer, producer and bass player. He is proud to work for WUSM, which has been voted Best Radio Station in the Pine Belt for four years in a row.

     

Cuisine

Eat, drink, and be merry
  • Top Chef: Wayne McQueen

    Top Chef: Wayne McQueen

    60 seconds with Chef Wayne McQueen of Half Shell Oyster House

     

    Wayne McQueen, Managing Partner/Head Chef, 37, USM  BS Hospitality Management, Marriage to Amy McQueen, 2 children (Valerie 8, David 2)

     

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without? Cheese!

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking? Classic rock

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Grandmother

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Mexican

  • Oysters and so much more

    Oysters and so much more

    Show of hands: who has bought seafood out of the back of a van? If your hand is politely in your lap, you’re probably imagining a shady character selling substandard product while promising it’s not stolen. If your hand IS raised, you know it means fresh shrimp brought up from the Gulf daily and great prices. 

    We’re lucky in the Pine Belt to be close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to have easy access to some of the freshest, most delicious seafood to come out of American waters.