• Letters to Santa: Mik Davis

    Dear Santa,

    As human being on this Earth, this marks the first year I simply do not know what to ask for.  While last year’s wish for a reasonable campaign season went unanswered – I will not ask to understand why. As I look around, I see that most of us struggle and we are also doing alright.    So to reiterate (and not suspiciously drive any point home), we are the fortunate ones.  It is only fitting that I ask that this be the year you enjoy the locally-made milk and cookies while we are out trying to help those less fortunate.

    –Mik Davis

  • Letters to Santa: Mike Lopinto

    Dear Santa,

    It’s me again, Mike, from FestivalSouth. Nothing much has changed here, except maybe a little perspective. Most of us are so blessed here, asking for much of anything seems downright greedy.

    I guess I’d ask that you open people’s eyes to the amazing things our area has to offer them. I hear people say all the time, “There’s nothing to do here.” Well, that’s just not true.

  • Meet Randy Thomley

    Randy Thomley figures he’s on the downhill side of Christmas for his business. And holiday shoppers who haven’t picked out a Christmas tree this year will probably see Thomley in the near future.

    Thomley, who owns and operates the Thomley Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop in Oak Grove, believes more than half of his business is done by Dec. 1. When the temperatures drop, so do the trees.

    “Some people, because of leaving town early or going offshore, will get their trees early, he said.

  • Polk-Ferrill house decks the halls

    Long gone are the dough ornaments that Debbie Ferrill’s sister so lovingly painted for her when she was newly married and had no children. These days the decorations Ferrill uses to adorn her home, the Polk-Ferrill house, during the holiday season are more befitting the home’s elegance and history.

  • Lacy, Taylor honored with Hub Award

    The Hub Award for 2016 honors two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Jan Lacy and Rick Taylor were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center on Nov. 15. Both Lacy and Taylor were honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.

  • 2016 Debutantes

    The Hattiesburg Debutante Association will introduce 21 young women at its annual presentation program Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Saenger Theatre.

    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 64th season this year.

  • Meet Keenon Walker

    Everyone has a unique story about what brought him or her to the Hub City and what has kept them here. Keenon Walker, an advocate for downtown Hattiesburg and supporter of the Spectrum Center, credits the diversity of the city for keeping him here through the years.

    Walker has lived in Hattiesburg for 11 years. He is an Orange Grove native, moving to the Hub City from the Gulf Coast in 2005, just before Katrina hit, to attend The University of Southern Mississippi.

    “And I’ve just kind of been here ever since,” Walker said. “I love this town. It’s so much fun.”

  • It's still a Beautiful Day

    It was a time before Ebay, Amazon and Etsy. Wal-Mart was holed up in northwest Arkansas and Target was just an insect repellent. Musicians sang without the help of auto-tune and electronic synthesizers had yet to replace the Hammond B3 organ. James Bond and Maxwell Smart were the only people capable of communicating on handheld devices. Hi-fi stereos and televisions were oversized pieces of living room furniture. We lived with rabbit ears and static, and all of the local radio stations signed off at midnight.

  • A time to be thankful

    Many celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. It has been that way for as long as they can remember. But for a Hattiesburg-area organization, Thanksgiving is celebrated the Tuesday before the real Thanksgiving Day. It’s been that way since Christian Services opened its doors 30 years ago.

    According to Jim Prout, executive director, it doesn’t matter what the date is, he always knows that Tuesday is Thanksgiving. “I don’t have to think about the date, I just know what to do on that day,” he said,

  • Signature Q&A: Michael Dixon

    Michael Dixon is a native Floridian who graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1997 with a degree in Psychology.  In 2003 he completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University.  In 2003 he married Sarah  (who is unequivocally out of his league), and they moved to Hattiesburg to begin a young adult ministry at First Baptist Church.  In 2007 Michael founded Ekklesia Hattiesburg which is a non-denominational community committed to serving those in need in Hattiesburg.  Soon thereafter Ekklesia began the

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