• 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.

  • Signature Q&A: Michelle Hopson

    Michelle is a current stay-at-home mom and a head football coach’s wife. She and her husband, Jay, have two daughters; Hyde (16), Hannah (14). Michelle enjoys cooking healthy meals, exercise, football, spending time with her daughters and husband, watching their activities, volunteering at church and in the community.

  • Hattiesburg Facial Hair Society

     

    Joshua Roberson knew other people in Hattiesburg had mustaches and beards. So he hoped that maybe that common interest was  

     enough to make new friends and get some buddies together. So he began a Facebook page titled, “Hattiesburg Facial Hair Society.” And the page’s popularity is bordering on 90 members.

  • Meet Bradley Myers

    When Bradley Myers decided that buying certain accessories to his business wardrobe were going to mount up the expenses, he decided that making those items would be more cost-effective.

    So Bradley, the mastermind behind Hattiesburg’s Professional Beard Oil, called out to the Mother of Invention again. He had already designed the beard oil after growing out his beard to win a local contest – and a trip to Boston – so this was just the next logical step for Myers.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

     

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