• Fit on 4th Street

    While I've bragged about my arsenal of gym memberships, there has always been a workout even I have avoided: high intensity interval training with big ole weights, commonly known as Crossfit. It wasn't a fear of gaining bulky muscles or inconvenient class times that kept me away; I was flat out intimidated.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Petal


    Eight high school juniors are seeking the title of Petal Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss). Themed “Mississippi on My Mind,” the program will feature Jonathan Brannan as emcee, entertainment by the Petal Upper Elementary showchoir and 2018 Petal DYW Meagan Smith, who was named First Alternate to Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman at the State Program last summer.

    Petal participants include:

  • Signature Magazine Q&A: Brittany Purvis

    What is your idea of happiness? 
    Being at home with my boyfriend and our two cats.

    What is your greatest fear? 
    Being alone.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    Reading a text and then forgetting to reply.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?  
    Not using their blinker and also being closed-minded.
    What is your most prized possession?
    My fur coat.

  • Meet the Carvers

    Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are behind them, Bryan and Sarah Carver are working to catch their collective breath and refocus their attention on the second side of Twin Forks Wine + Provisions.

    The Carvers have been building their success for the past four years at 408 Hemphill St. in Hattiesburg. The wine store has been doing well for the pair, but the “Provisions” – cheese and special food items – is moving slowly, but steadily.

    Now the work begins again on the facilities.

  • Distinguished Young Women: Forrest & Lamar County


    The Distinguished Young Women program awards college scholarships to juniors in high school based on areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression and physical fitness. 

    Forrest County Contestants

  • Jump On It

    Growing up in rural North Mississippi, my parents bought their house in the late 1970s as one of only two on an isolated road. Far from the suburbs, my brothers and I were routinely turned loose into the “neighborhood” to seek our own entertainment. The expansive acres brought woods to explore, trees to climb and eventually, a handful of playmates as more houses cropped up through the years.

  • 2017 Debutantes

    A Debutante Ball will be held at the Hattiesburg Country Club following the presentation. The association started in 1952 as the Junior Cotillion of Hattiesburg and is celebrating its 65th season this year. The 2017 debutante officers are: President Holleman St. John, Vice President Margaret Campbell, Secretary Maria Enger, Social Chair Macy Mitchell, Publicity Chair Peyton Dorsey, Decorations Co-Chairs Ann Louise Whitehead and Olivia Bridges and Historian Gabrielle Graham, executed this year’s celebrations.

    The debutantes to be presented:

  • The Signature Q&A: Sarah Newton

    What is your idea of happiness?
    That magical moment when the people you love most all are happy.

    What is your greatest fear?
    Not preparing my children to be happy, self-sufficient adults.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

  • Meet the Strickland's

    Tommy and Steve Strickland believe in family. The brothers own Strickland’s Furniture, which was named the best furniture store in 2017 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    The brothers took over the store, which is now located at 6431 U.S. Hwy. 49, from their father. O.E. Strickland started the furniture store in 1962 in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    For the Stricklands, having a family-owned business drives the success of Strickland’s.


    The Hub Award for 2017 honored two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Bill Oliver and Andy Mercier were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center  Nov. 14.  Both Mercier and Oliver where honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.

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