With one of the most recognizable smiles in the Pine Belt and an infectious personality to match, Hattiesburg’s Terry Jordan is much more than just a bartender. He is a Renaissance man with a passion for reading, fashion, music, food – and perhaps most importantly, his family.
Southern Miss graduate Lindsey Pellittieri sits in her tiny corner of the world in Gulu,Uganda. There have been many life changes since she moved from the Hub City to this rural village halfway across the globe, about 8,000 miles, give or take, and eight hours ahead of local time.
It’s been a long time since she’s connected with the Hattiesburg area.
But in this Northern Region village she’s learned not only about her own strengths, but the strength of Ugandan women and others around the world.
The seed was planted some time ago, but has started to blossom.
There are many faces and facets to Rachelle Fortenberry Steinhauer of Hattiesburg. She’s an actress, director, crafter, crocheter, attorney, wife, mother, daughter – and the list goes on.
And on any given day, there’s a chance she wears several of those hats.
While Valerie Cagle’s vocation was once hospital administration (she spent 12 years working at the cancer center), her love of the unique has become an avocation and vocation all neatly packaged together.
That has resulted in her newest venture, The Longleaf Market, located on Hwy. 589 south of Sumrall, not quite six miles from Hwy. 98 in West Hattiesburg.
Cagle said she enjoys the business set up in what she describes as “the rural hills at the edge of a pasture.”
“Some have described it as an escape and very peaceful,” she said.
Robert and Christy Amay have spent the majority of their lives in the jewelry business. So, it only seems natural that one day they’d want to design their own piece of jewelry.
“We did not just want to make some meaningless piece,” said Christy. “Whatever we made we wanted to be special and one of a kind.”
That day has come. Enter the Hub City Cuff.
As far back as the ’50s and ’60s, USM played host to a number of big-name concerts. Reed Green Coliseum, built in 1965, and Bennett Auditorium both welcomed musical guests. We’re talking BIG NAME musical guests.
While some of these highly-acclaimed musicians performed with the USM symphony, others were just touring bands, who made a stop in the Hub City, usually on a week-day night following a stop in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile or New Orleans on its way to Texas, Florida or other venues along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.