• 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

    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

    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.

     

  • Real Talk with Real People: The Ruhnkes

     

    When I tell you that planning an event or writing a communications plan is at the very core of what I was designed to do for a living, I’m being completely sincere.

    Of course, the way that has presented itself has changed over the years. But, that deep-seated desire to plan and promote is why I declared my major in public relations early-early on at Southern Miss. And by early, I mean before I even walked through the doors.

  • Meet Kate Dearman

    Many life decisions, especially when it comes to one’s choice of career path, can be pinpointed down to one significant moment. The kind of moment that makes one stop and think, “This is what I want to do – or not do – for the rest of my life.”

    For Hattiesburg native Kate Dearman, that moment came in the midst of the chaos and destruction left behind by the EF-4 tornado that tore through the Pine Belt in 2013.

  • AAA Anserphone has the answers

    In the shadows to the east and across Hwy. 49 from Forrest General Hospital sits a blond brick, non-descript building. The work that goes on within its walls might seem like utter chaos to some. But for Clara Boutwell and daughter, Darlene Bond, it’s more like controlled non-chaos. Answering some 1,500 to 1,600 phone calls a day, AAA Anserphone (no, that’s not a misspelling) and Doctor’s Exchange works around the clock – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And it’s done so for more than 60 years.

  • Signature Q&A: Rebecca Chandler

    Rebecca Chandler is the daughter of Wanda and Terry Chandler of Vance, Ala.. She has a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the owner, instructor and choreographer at Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond, and the creator, producer and choreographer for Hattiesburlesque. She is also the head coach of the Southern Misses dance team.

     

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  • Meet Jennifer Clark

    Jennifer Clark and her husband, Steve, love the Pine Belt. Jennifer grew up in the city, going to school in Hattiesburg. Steve grew up in the country, going to school in Forrest County.

    However, what they love is to tell other people about the Hub City and surrounding area. For Jennifer, who runs EmergeEvents event planning in Hattiesburg, her hometown is the ideal location for her business. The Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival, which Clark organizes, was named a runnerup in Best Annual Event in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

  • Meet Anita Knott

    When most people think of a juggler, images of an entertainer tossing various items through the air with precision are called to mind. However, Anita Knott makes it through each week with a slightly different juggling act.

    In one hand, she is a behavior specialist for the Hattiesburg Public School District; in the other she is a mother to five children, a volunteer with her church’s youth group and last, but not least, she is wife to Cedric Knott.

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