All She Has—$150,00—Is Going to a University

by Rick Bragg

HATTIESBURG, Miss., Aug. 10

Oseola McCarty spent a lifetime making other people look nice. Day after day, for most of her 87 years, she took in bundles of dirty clothes and made them clean and neat for parties she never attended, weddings to which she was never invited, graduations she never saw.

She had quit school in the sixth grade to go to work, never married, never had children and never learned to drive because there was never any place in particular she wanted to go. All she ever had was the work, which she saw as a blessing. Too many other black people in rural Mississippi did not have even that.

She spent almost nothing, living in her old family home, cutting the toes out of shoes if they did not fit right and binding her ragged Bible with Scotch tape to keep Corinthians from falling out. Over the decades, her pay — mostly dollar bills and change — grew to more than $150,000.

"More than I could ever use," Miss McCarty said the other day without a trace of self-pity. So she is giving her money away, to finance scholarships for black students at the University of Southern Mississippi here in her hometown, where tuition is $2,400 a year.

"I wanted to share my wealth with the children," said Miss McCarty, whose only real regret is that she never went back to school. "I never minded work, but I was always so busy, busy. Maybe I can make it so the children don’t have to work like I did."  [Continue reading.]

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About 6 months ago, I ran my very first contest.  I was very nervous at first.  I really didn’t think a lot of people would enter the contest.  Boy was I WRONG!  I had an amazing response, over 100 entries in the contest.  Contestants were from Florida, Atlanta, Mississippi, all the way to California!  Our first winner, was very aggressive with her votes!  She collected over 300 likes and comments!  

Here are a few shots from the photoshoot of the winner of the contest, Kameo King.  She chose to do a bridal shoot.  The photoshoot was held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi new the Hattiesburg Train Depot.  She brought along her friend Crystal to help.  We had a blast at the photoshoot.  Kameo tied the know several weeks later!  Congrats Kameo!

Please be on the lookout for my next contest!  I hope to make it even better!

Tornado touches down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

AP

Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road.

Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown says there is major damage in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn’t confirm injuries.

He said the damage was still being evaluated, but that the storm passed along a main Hattiesburg thoroughfare.

Follow more updates at BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Instagram user @j_holliman)

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A Patient’s Christmastime Visit to Batson Children’s Hospital Brings Joy to the Staff

Sam McKee can’t wait to throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish, but his parents’ wish has already been granted. The Hattiesburg three-year-old is well today after six surgeries and a 36-day stay at Batson Children’s Hospital battling a brain tumor. | http://childrenshospital.umc.edu

TAA DAA: HELLO HATTIESBURGER

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Hattiesburger tee’s can be picked up every week at Live at Five (stop by, say hello)

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Live at Five is a free weekly community event designed for the entire family (four legged family included) that takes place during the spring season & the fall in Town Square Park, nestled in downtown Hattiesburg MS. the Live at Five outdoor concert series also includes a beer truck in the park as well as a village of vendors (like us) from local eateries & shops. this event draws young & wise city slickers, from near & far who all share a mutual love for local music & the outdoors. we at CLICK are tickled to sponsor this event, & participate as a vendor every week as we mix & mingle with our downtown family. we invite you to grab a blanket & join us!

for more information & concert schedule, become a fan on Live at Five on Facebook.

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Old Hattiesburg High School - Mississippi

This building was a public school from 1911 to 1959.  The entrance we took into the building was built in 1911, and the front was added on in 1921.  It served as a white’s only school until 1959.

From that point, it was utilized as office buildings of the Hattiesburg Public School District until the 1980’s.  I am not sure of the exact dates, but it was used as an antique store until 2001.

This building took on heavy damage because of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and there was talk of renovating it.  An arson caught the front portion of the building on fire, and renovation stopped when the economy could no longer support the finances of restoration in 2010.

So, now it’s a decaying building, and the idea of renovation is in limbo. 

Admiral Semmes Hotel, Mobile, Alabama
via AL.com

Development news out of Mobile, Alabama. Via AL.com:

Point Clear has The Grand, downtown Mobile has the Battle House — and if all goes as planned, there will be another exquisite historic hotel in the area. Thrash Development, the new owners of the Admiral Semmes Hotel plan to renovate the hotel, anchoring its design in the building’s 1940s art deco roots.

The 170-room hotel at 251 Government St. has been upgraded over the years, but developers say this time it will be much more extensive. The idea is to turn the property into a boutique hotel, said Walker Thrash, president and managing member of the Hattiesburg, Miss.-based company. 

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