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  • An Interview with Otto Penzler

    An Interview with Otto Penzler

    You may not be a fan of mystery and suspense.

    Honestly, it happens. However, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these stories collected in "dime novels" provided the same sense of adventure and escape we obtain today from plunging into Netflix or wiping out a season of some show over the frigid weekend.  Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, the oldest and premiere Mystery, Suspense and Espionage store in North America. Penzler took time from his busy store and schedule to offer a glimpse into his latest anthology

  • Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic celebrates 33 years

    Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic celebrates 33 years

    The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg February 16-17, 2018 for the 33rd Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center. The rodeo will start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

    Lecile Harris, six-time Pro Rodeo Clown of the Year, will once again be making an appearance at the rodeo this year.  Lecile, a 50-year rodeo veteran, works nearly 125 performances a year at the world’s biggest rodeos.

  • Pine Belt celebrates Fat Tuesday

    Pine Belt celebrates Fat Tuesday

    Pine Belt residents will let the good times roll once again as Caerus Mardi Gras event plans are in the works. In its seventh year, the parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and will include a number of floats, walking groups and plenty of beads and other trinkets.

    The events are sponsored in part by Keith’s Superstores and Magnolia Graphics. Parade entry fee is $125. Mardi Gras decor and beads will be available in January. Stay tuned for more information.

    The theme for 2017 is simply "Mardi Gras."

  • Fit on 4th Street

    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:

  • 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

    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.


    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


Eat, drink, and be merry
  • Top Chef: Martha Mixon

    Top Chef: Martha Mixon

    Martha Mixon, right, is a native of the Sanford/Union Church communities just up Hwy. 49 North. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but they consider their entire staff as family. They started the business in 1984 and with the exception of one five-year hiatus, they’ve been keeping customers happy on the side of Hwy. 49 for a long time.

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?

  • Good Eats

    Good Eats

    Opened in 1984 as a fruit stand, Shady Acres Village has seen a lot of changes through the years.

    And while the family business has modernized with the times, you can still find long-standing recipes and traditions within its walls. Located just north of Hattiesburg on Highway 49, Shady Acres is worth the drive, especially considering that the journey is practically red-light and traffic free, which is a novelty in the Pine Belt these days.