• An Interview with Otto Penzler

    You may not be a fan of mystery and suspense.

    Honestly, it happens. However, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these stories collected in "dime novels" provided the same sense of adventure and escape we obtain today from plunging into Netflix or wiping out a season of some show over the frigid weekend.  Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, the oldest and premiere Mystery, Suspense and Espionage store in North America. Penzler took time from his busy store and schedule to offer a glimpse into his latest anthology

  • Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic celebrates 33 years

    The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg February 16-17, 2018 for the 33rd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center. The rodeo will start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

    Lecile Harris, six-time Pro Rodeo Clown of the Year, will once again be making an appearance at the rodeo this year.  Lecile, a 50-year rodeo veteran, works nearly 125 performances a year at the world’s biggest rodeos.

  • Pine Belt celebrates Fat Tuesday

    Pine Belt residents will let the good times roll once again as Caerus Mardi Gras event plans are in the works. In its seventh year, the parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and will include a number of floats, walking groups and plenty of beads and other trinkets.

    The events are sponsored in part by Keith’s Superstores and Magnolia Graphics. Parade entry fee is $125. Mardi Gras decor and beads will be available in January. Stay tuned for more information.

    The theme for 2017 is simply "Mardi Gras."

  • Happy Songs

    Pine Belt residents will have the opportunity to hear the choir when members perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Purvis.

    The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

  • The Nutcracker: Clara welcomes guests to Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

    The South Mississippi Ballet Theatre will once again brighten the holiday season with its annual performance of The Nutcracker. Clara and her prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, Uncle Drosselmeyer and the mice will carry you to the Land of the Sweets in this holiday classic.

  • 10 Ways that You Can Better Music

    As 2017 draws to a close, columns will be festooned with lists and accolades. I myself will more than likely compose such a list. However, I can only urge you to read this or anything I write for that matter with two things: An open mind and a discerning ear. The other bombardment we suffer through daily are the traps laid known as "clickbait", where just the simple hook can drag you through a pond of muck you would barely glance at in reality. It is for that reason (and with a great deal of thought), I present this list.

     

  • ZOO LIGHTS: An All Age Holiday Tradition

    The Hattiesburg Zoo welcomes the Christmas Season with its annual Zoo Lights and Holiday Market from 6–8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23.

  • Brew Ho Ho Holiday Gala Set for December 9

    Last year’s BrewHaHa was a surprise-filled evening that rocked through the night at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

    When the creative folks of The Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company, announced their first gala benefit, the idea of dressing up for a super exclusive, adults-only, invitation-only Halloween costume gala spooked the community.

  • A Hattiesburg Christmas Tradition continues to glow

    The Hattiesburg Downtown Association, in partnership with Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, the City of Hattiesburg and VisitHattiesburg, is hosting an “Olde Tyme Christmas” Dec. 9-10, filled with holiday festivities. Local residents and visitors are invited to attend the weekend of events downtown.  

    "The atmosphere during this weekend will be nostalgic and family-friendly,” said Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association Executive Director Andrea Saffle.

  • Meet Tara Poole

    Tara Poole, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, is gearing up for the season and making time to work in some of her own holiday traditions.

    The Mississippi native returned to the area with her husband last year. The two left for Tennessee, then to North Carolina, around 10 years ago.

    “All of our family is from Mississippi,” Poole said. “We just decided it was time to get back closer to family.”

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