• TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    Darrel Jackson, Brass Hat

  • Art*Cetera: Tasha Messer draws people into her hobby

    Art*Cetera: Tasha Messer draws people into her hobby

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  – Pablo Picasso

    Given that statement, Picasso probably would have been pretty impressed with Tasha Messer Williams.

  • An Interview With Terry Jordan

    An Interview With Terry Jordan

    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.

     

  • Meet Ben Compton: Hub City Comic

    Meet Ben Compton: Hub City Comic

    Many people give up on their dreams as they get older, settle down and have children. For veteran and Hattiesburg resident Ben Compton, this wasn’t an option. He always knew he was interested in comedy, and a few years ago, he finally took his chance and with the support of his wife and children, began his career as a stand-up comic. 

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  keith kujath

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: keith kujath

    

    Keith Kujath of Hattiesburg has combined two of his passions into one avocation, and now he has found a mentor that provides him the inspiration in both of his endeavors.

    Kujath is a music maven, with collections of guitars, albums, recordings and – thanks to his mentor, Dick Waterman – the largest individual collection of Waterman photos. A certified clinical perfusionist by profession, Kujath bundles his love for photography and his knowledge of music, both performing and producing, to capture the essence of a stage or musical performance.

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  Rachelle steinhauer

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Rachelle steinhauer

    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.

  • MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR:  Valerie Cagle

    MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Valerie Cagle

    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.

  • Meet the Amays, creators of the hub city cuff

    Meet the Amays, creators of the hub city cuff

     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.

  • Meet John Wooton

    Meet John Wooton

    From all outward appearances, Dr. John Wooton sounds like he’s keeping his University of Southern Mississippi steel pan band to himself. The 40-member group meets at night in the basement of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, plinking on bent pieces of various round metal objects.

    Oh, the band has numerous YouTube videos showing them playing on their steel pans. People who know steel pans know that Wooton’s band is outstanding.

  • Meet Kat Spangler Kimmel

    Meet Kat Spangler Kimmel

    For Kat Spangler Kimmel, everyone has a story to tell and she is happy to listen to them. Those stories allow Kimmel to learn more about the storyteller and to become a better person.

    The sign over her office door at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg says, “Kat Spangler, Associate Minister.” She’s been at the church since 2013, but she recently married Tom Kimmel, a nationally-known songwriter and musician.

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