• Frank's Circus

    Frances Palmer Allen Broome like most 10-year-olds enjoys a good birthday party just like the next person. But having an artsy  mother, like Abigail Lenz Allen, adds another element the mix. You never know what incredible outcome there might be. And when your birthday is on Halloween – Oct. 31 – that adds a whole other element to the party plans.

    Allen said every single year as Halloween approaches, Frances makes it very clear that she wants a carnival-themed birthday party.

  • Best of the Pine Belt voting underway

    Finalist voting for the 2018 Best of the Pine Belt competition is underway and continues through April 30. 

    Once again, several key categories will be selected to be featured at the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Saenger Theater. Those categories are selected from the nomination and finals voting process. All voting takes place at the official festival website www.festivalsouth.org.

  • #AllWeNeedisLove

    Robin Wentworth is a man about town who seemingly knows everybody. Some refer to him as the social chairman of Hattiesburg or the engineer who leads the party train. Others call him a rock star (both on and off the job), a fun, jolly and magnetic guy in every way who loves life (especially night life) and wants to be a part of everything. He’s known as someone who is full of life and celebrates it intensely.

    But the biggest kudo is being called a friend and there are many.

  • A Cut Above

    Even though you’ll find “lil” in its name, there is nothing “little” about the Lil Butcher Shoppe at 1910 Broadway Drive in Hattiesburg. This old-fashioned butcher shop has been a mainstay providing a variety of hand-cut meats, smoked sausage, cheese and other specialty products to Pine Belt residents and others who have been driving in from across the region for the past 26 years.

  • Holiday in the Oaks

    At the large two-story house on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and Adeline, all the holiday décor has been chosen and handled with care. The home will once again don its finery this holiday season with fresh garland swags, wreaths and ribbons.

    The 97-year-old treasure is the home of Charles Dawe and William Waller, who will celebrate the holidays – both Christmas and Hanukkah – in the house with family, friends and co-workers. Having purchased the house at the end of 2015, and not in time to decorate for the holidays, this will be their second year in the house.


    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.


  • Dixie Darlings

    As the University of Southern Mississippi prepares for Homecoming 2017, a special group will return to campus, as in years’ past, to renew old acquaintances with friends they haven’t seen in 50 or more years and make new friends.

  • Meet Brittany Purvis

    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.

  • A Class Act

    There are those one-word names that when mentioned are instantly recognizable, no matter who or what you’re talking about, whether worldwide or locally – Beyonce, Liberace, Ward’s, Sacks, Stricks.

    Hattiesburg was home to its own one-word wonder back in the day – Waldoff’s.

    For 70 years, the department store started by a Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine was a favorite of many.

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