News 2003

A glimpse of the past, Engine # 106

Hattiesburg American article on the extension to downtown

In memory of Jerry Ryan

Recent feature article in Today in Mississippi

J E Swager

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Starts the 
Greatest Generation 
Bike Club

Completes Birthday Challenge 2000

First rides the Trace

Completes Birthday Challenge 2001

Bike Club comes to Grand Opening 

Completes Birthday Challenge 2002

Celebrates his 77th Birthday 
on the Longleaf Trace

Our club rode the new south end of the trail Sept 12th on Grand Opening day and it  was enjoyed by all.

Aerial view of the Grand Opening

All were impressed by the new overpass and bridge and the beauty of the whole trip. We visited  Moore's Gateway Bike shop and enjoyed  looking over the new bikes.

We did not attend the ceremony as we were scheduled to eat lunch at the Southern Mississippi College .

We enjoyed riding around the Southern Mississippi campus. I could not see any way that the Longleaf Trace could be improved more. 


Jim Swager     (See Pictures taken on the ride)

Some pictures taken June 29, 2003 

June 28 2003 : Cyclist Injured after a Portion of Longleaf Trace Washes Out


           William A. “Bill” Powe III has accepted the position of Gateway/Lake Sehoy manager for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Division of Recreational Sports.
        A Hattiesburg native, Powe has most recently worked with the Sherwood Arkansas Parks and Recreation Department as a coordinator, where he hired, trained and supervised staff for the department. He has a history of management in small business and franchise settings, and also brings a retail and hospitality background to the position.
    “ We are certain that Bill Powe will be a tremendous asset to the Southern Miss family,” said Mike Giles, associate director of Recreational Sports. “A major responsibility will involve management of the Longleaf Trace Rails to Trails Gateway at Southern Miss.”
        The Longleaf Trace is a 41-mile fitness and recreational trail that runs from Hattiesburg to Prentiss. The Gateway at Southern Miss will serve as a base for information and services relative to facilities, activities and events occurring on and along the trail.  
        In addition to managing the Gateway, Powe will be directly working with Southern Miss faculty, staff and students on programming specific to the trail.
        “I am very excited about this position,” said Powe. “To have the opportunity to promote this unique trail is an exciting professional challenge.”  
        Powe will work in tandem with the Pearl to Leaf River Rails to Trails Recreation District to ensure that the trail is utilized and promoted to the fullest extent.

Some Pictures taken March 23, 2003

Dave Sanders and his brother ride across Mississippi