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Lil’ Butcher Shop provides not just meats, but casseroles of many types

By BECKY GILLETTE A couple of generations ago, butcher shops were common. Today most meats are packaged off site, possibly in another state, and sold in large supermarkets. Reviving the old tradition in Hattiesburg—while adding quite a few new twists such as ready to go casseroles—is a Hub City favorite called the Lil’ Butcher Shop http://www.lilbutchershoppe.com/ at 1910 Broadway Drive. ...

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Oseola McCarty house in Hattiesburg to be turned into museum

The former home of Oseola McCarty, a benefactor for the University of Southern Mississippi, is set to be relocated and turned into a museum. Hattiesburg Convention Commission Executive Director Rick Taylor tells The Hattiesburg American that when the house was placed in a recent tax sale, the commission decided to preserve the property and McCarty’s legacy. Details like cost, location ...

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Camp Shelby at 100 still packs a wallop for defense and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE Each year more than twice the number of members of the military train at Camp Shelby than there are residents of Hattiesburg, population 47,566. About 125,000 people train annually there, with about 60 percent coming from the National Guard, and the remainder from the active military services including the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. That pumps ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35-million Midtown mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. It is estimated that 200 people ...

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USM faculty member gets grant for Fresh Food on the Move

By BECKY GILLETTE “Preventative health care is a lot cheaper than what we have traditionally done” Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.,  was only 15 years old when her mother, 36, died from heart disease. It had a lasting impression on Anderson-Lewis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Health associate professor who recently received a $2,000 grant to institute a mobile ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Hattiesburg and state

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Seminary potter recognized as state’s top visual artist

By BECKY GILLETTE SEMINARY — Claudia “Ka” Cartee, 69, has been “telling a story with clay” since she was a little girl and her father, a professional mold maker who had a regional ceramic slip business, gave her a potting wheel. A professional potter since 1973, Cartee has averaged making two tons of clay per year into art ranging from functional ...

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