Month: October 2011


During the month of October, citizens of Mississippi are preparing to elect the new Governor of our state. There is much to consider as we head to the polls in November. We must make it a point to know what each of the candidates stand for. It is imperative that we understand both the Republican and the Democratic platforms, and we must take this election very seriously as the future of Mississippi hangs in the balance.
Both Phil Bryant and Johnny Dupree are charismatic men with a wealth of experience in public service. Both are deeply committed to the welfare of Mississippi, and genuinely care about the people who live here. I was honored to speak with the Democratic candidate, Mayor Johnny Dupree, and with Lt. Governor, Phil Bryant, the Republican candidate, during the height of their respective campaigns for the Gubernatorial seat. Haley Barbour has been a good and loyal friend to Gulf Coast residents as well as a highly respected leader throughout his term in office. What will Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, and Mayor Johnny Dupree bring to the table…how will they lead?  Don’t miss our very special and informative cover story.
How were the political parties formed in America?  We will tell you all about it in this edition of Go To Places Monthly. Also, be sure and take our fun and thought provoking political party quiz, the results may really surprise you!
In addition, come dine with us at Salute’ in Gulfport. This wonderful family restaurant offers the very best in authentic Italian cuisine. Read all about it in Taste Buds.
All this…And so much more!
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


Phil Bryant was born on December 9,1954 in Moorhead, Mississippi. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Katie and Patrick. They live by the rule; faith and family always come first. In his youth, Phil Bryant learned the importance of hard work, leadership and education by his parent’s example. He holds a Master’s degree in political science, and is an adjunct professor of Government at Mississippi College. He has co-authored three books, and is a former Deputy Sheriff. In 1990, Phil Bryant became a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he was Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and served for five years. He was appointed as the State Auditor by Governor Kirk Fordice in 1996, and elected to a full term in the office in 1999, then re-elected in 2003. With an overwhelming 59% of the vote, Phil Bryant was elected Mississippi’s 37th Lieutenant Governor in November 2007. Working closely with Governor Haley Barbour, he has helped secure financing for global businesses to locate in Mississippi. He is a strong fiscal conservative. (more…)


Johnny Dupree was born on November 18, 1953 in Fort Benning, Georgia. He and his wife, Johniece, have been married since 1972. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, and doting grandparents to their young grandson, Chandler. For fifteen years, Johnny Dupree worked at Sears, but he longed for more time with his family and began his career in public service. He was appointed to the Hattiesburg Public School Board in 1987, and soon thereafter started a real estate company with his wife, Dupree Realty.
In November 1991, Johnny Dupree was elected to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, where he served proudly for ten years. He became the mayor elect of the city of Hattiesburg in June of 2001, where he has continued to lead for over a decade. All told, Johnny Dupree has been in public office for 23 years. He has the distinction and notoriety of being the first black gubernatorial nominee of a major political party in the state of Mississippi in modern times. I had the pleasure of talking with Johnny Dupree during the height of his campaign, as the election draws near. (more…)


The Humane Society was founded in 1952, and originally located on Washington Blvd, by the Tramark Golf Course property in Gulfport. Today, HSSM is housed in a big, beautiful, state-of-the-art building on Hwy 49. In 2006, the existing structure on the property was redesigned to the exact specifications of long time HSSM supporter, Eric Ascchaffenburg. He secured the architectural firm and set up the building fund. (more…)

Task Force on Childhood Obesity

Mississippi’s children are not alone in their path toward destruction due to overeating and eating unhealthy foods. This is a serious problem facing children all over America. No, it’s not a hurricane or a war that is fought with guns and weapons. It is a fight for good health and longevity that every person, whose life touches that of a child, can help win. The foe is obesity and the battle wounds are inflicted with sugar and junk food. (more…)

Skinny Doesn’t Mean You’re Fit

Remember when a total cholesterol reading of under 200 was the standard for judging cardiovascular health? Today, of course, we know that it’s the components of cholesterol (LDL, HDL, the size of those cholesterol particles, and triglycerides) that are much more predictive of heart health. Well, our understanding of total weight and its effects upon your heart has evolved in similar fashion. It’s not your total weight but the characteristics of that weight—how much is fat and where it’s deposited—that matter most. (more…)

Natural Remedies for Oily and Dry Skin

The two most common problems that women have in regard to their skin is it being either too oily or too dry. Having oily skin often makes your complexion look shiny, it can also lead to acne breakouts. On the other hand, when you have dry skin, it can look scaly and in worst cases lead to cracking. There are various over the counter products to treat these different problems but because skin can be sensitive to many commercial products, you may have greater success using natural home remedies. Using natural ingredients is considered to be safe and effective. If it works for you, make them a part of your daily skin care routine. (more…)