Andrews Selected to Leadership Forum

ANDREWS SELECTED TO LEADERSHIP FORUM

April McDonald Andrews, an attorney with the firm of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A. in Pascagoula, has been selected to join the Mississippi Bar Association’s 2018 Leadership Forum.

McDonald Andrews was chosen from a number of capable and qualified applicants because of her effective guidance of others in the legal profession. Through the Leadership Forum, participants will gain leadership skills that will equip them for leadership roles in their professions, organizations and communities.

McDonald Andrews is a graduate of Delta State University and the Mississippi College School of Law. She has been practicing law since 2011. Her practice areas include insurance defense and government law, as well as general and appellate litigation.

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Steinberger Named State’s Top Lawyer

Karl-Steinberger Steinberger Named State's Top Lawyer

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Pascagoula attorney Karl Steinberger was recently honored as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year and as one of the Top 40 Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal. Steinberger, who is a shareholder and director at Heidelberg, Steinberger P.A., was selected for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments in the legal practice.

“I’m very fortunate and quite humbled to be named as a leader in the legal profession and honored to be recognized with some of the state’s best attorneys,” said Steinberger. “For over 40 years, I’ve worked to represent my clients’ best interests and am thankful for a career which I’ve helped many people and different organizations.”

Steinberger has been consistently recognized as an Outstanding Lawyer of America and as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. He is an active member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and serves as the President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.   In the past, he also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mississippi Bar Association.

Steinberger has been practicing law in Pascagoula since 1976. His specialty is employment law and workers compensation, and he also focuses on insurance defense, products liability, personal injury and wills and estates.

He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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Small Business Incubator supports economic development throughout Jackson County

The Jackson County Small Business Incubator provides free business counseling services to people who are operating small businesses or considering launch of a small business. Workshops and training programs are delivered throughout the area to address the needs of the entrepreneurial community. Our beautiful facility houses a number of small and growing businesses that provide services, products and jobs for our community. Space is currently available contact us at 228 475 3341 to learn about becoming a tenant or to inquire about the counseling services. 

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Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

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Chevron contributed $210,000 to local public school projects in October and November through the annual Fuel Your School program and an additional company contribution.

Chevron’s 2017 Fuel Your School program generated $50,000 to help fund 70 classroom projects, including 33 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to help connect real world experiences to classroom learning for 8,803 students at 33 Jackson County public schools.

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Jackson County during the month of October, generating $50,000 to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools. Pascagoula Refinery employees were able to contribute an additional $160,000 through employee gift code redemptions on the DonorsChoose.org site.

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Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

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The Veterans Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 9 to commission a Veterans Memorial and American flag.

The memorial and flag pole were installed at the refinery’s PNC campus earlier this year, and the commissioning ceremony was scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day festivities.

The ceremony included remarks and the raising of the American flag by the Moss Point High School NJROTC Color Guard.

The memorial inscription reads:
This memorial honors all American veterans
who, although separated by generations,
shared a common undeniable goal to valiantly
protect our country’s freedom. The memories
of those brave men and women will continue
to live on wherever and whenever democracy exists.
Chevron salutes our veterans, forever a symbol
of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.

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Mission Accomplished for “Operation: Candy Cane”

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This year’s “Operation: Candy Cane,” sponsored by the XYZ Employee Network at the Pascagoula Refinery, provided gifts for many children in the Jackson County and Mobile areas to help make their Christmas special.

The donations benefitted children in the Salvation Army of Jackson County Angel Tree program and Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, as well as St. Mary’s Home in Mobile.

Pascagoula Refinery employees adopted 83 angels from the Salvation Army, 57 angels from St. Mary’s Home, and 34 angels from CASA. Another $2,200 was donated and used to complete angel wish lists, and to buy additional gifts for the children.

Many children had a happy Christmas morning because of the generosity of Pascagoula Refinery employees.

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Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music Grand Opening in Ocean Springs

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Adults and children interested in popular music, theater and dance can learn more about the improved Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music at its grand opening and open house this weekend.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, Rock U 2 will open its new location at 2820 Government St. in Ocean Springs. 

Tim Alamsha, who owns the business along with his wife, Barbara, said while Rock U 2 has been in Ocean Springs since May 2011, the new location grows their space from about 3,000 square feet to about 9,000 square feet.

“This time last year, we had around 90 students,” Alamsha said. “Now we have more than 200.”

Alamsha has spent his life in the entertainment business. He and his wife began their careers as performers/entertainers, and starting in 1990, he worked for Disney where he was responsible for parades and other shows. After his time at Disney, he worked as the director of entertainment for Universal Studios.

After visiting the Gulf Coast, he said he fell in love with the area and wanted to see what programs were available for children when it comes to popular music. 

“We decided to start something more interactive than just private lessons and practicing in your bedroom,” Alamsha said. “We aim to teach students about things like goal-setting, teamwork and building self-esteem all through music, dance and theater.”

Alamsha said the new location contains nine individual rooms, two group rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, recording studio, video editing studio and more. He said he also plans to add a fitness center and space for theater acting in the future.

“This is a great opportunity to see the new facility,” Alamsha said. “It will be a lot of fun, people can meet the instructors, try out free dance classes and more.”

Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music offers a variety of classes for children and adults, ranging from theater and film to all types of dance and music lessons on instruments ranging from the ukulele, french horn and more. Alamsha said that the academy also offers an extra unique opportunity to students.

“We pair students up within similar instruments, skills levels, etc., and create bands with them,” Alamsha said. “They perform at the Hard Rock or through our quarterly recitals.”

In addition to three free dance classes, there will be free door prizes and refreshments. Door prizes are provided by Woody’s Roadside Ocean Springs, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Starbucks, The Froghead Grill – Ocean Springs, MS, Po Boy Express, Coffee Fusion, New York Pizza Ocean Springs, Smoothie King and more. There will also be two holiday gift raffles – one being an IP Casino Resort Spa overnight spa package includes (1) hotel room, dinner for two at the Back Bay Buffet and a $100 spa voucher, valued at $300. Raffle Tickets for the IP Spa Package are $10 each. The Date Night Basket includes a $50 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, wine basket from Maisano’s Fine Wine and Spirits and two movie tickets for The Grand Theatre D’Iberville, valued at more than $100. Raffle tickets for this package are $5 each.

For more information, learn more at http://www.rocku2oceansprings.com

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Huntington Ingalls Christen’s its Eighth National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757)

midgett_launch-300x200 Huntington Ingalls Christen's its Eighth National Security Cutter <em>Midgett</em> (WMSL 757)Ingalls Shipbuilding christened its fifth ship this year, the national security Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757). Ingalls Shipbuilding President, Brian Cuccias welcomed Jazania O’Neal, grandaughter of the ship’s namesake and sponsor on Saturday morning.

Midgett (WMSL 757) joins BertholfWaescheStrattonHamiltonJamesMunro and Kimball as the eighth Legend-class National Security Cutter built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. The Legend-class plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater. A Legend-class cutter carries enough food and consumables to stay at sea for 60 days and has the ability to conduct replenishment and refuel at sea in order to extend patrols.

Midgett (WMSL 757) is named in honor of 10 members of the Midgett family who earned seven gold and three silver Lifesaving Medals for their heroic deeds and decades of service. “We often speak of our service as a family, our Coast Guard family,” said Adm. Charles Michel, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. “The Midgett name takes that seriously with a family legacy unprecedented in the armed services, a family that is all about service before self. Such a special name deserves to be emblazoned on a special platform. The Ingalls Shipbuilding team have built this incredible platform, something to be incredibly proud of and something the men and women of the United States Coast Guard take very proudly.”

 

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Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Elect New Officers for 2018, Name Volunteers of the Year

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Hospital auxiliary volunteers for both Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital have elected and installed their 2018 slate of officers to lead more than 100 Singing River Health System volunteers.

At Ocean Springs Hospital, Sharron Kirk will serve as Auxiliary President, joined by Henry Williams, Vice President; Donna Borries, Recording Secretary; Dianne Gish, Treasurer; and Dortha Durso, Corresponding Secretary.    Nettie Phillips was named Volunteer of the Year for the Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary. 

At Singing River Hospital, Joy Mangum will serve as President, along with Martha Edwards, First Vice-President; Elouise Bell, Second Vice-President; Gail Nicholson, Treasurer; Karen German, Recording Secretary; Betty Richarde, Corresponding Secretary; Jacqueline Chapman, Parliamentarian, and Ruby Alexander, Historian.  

In addition, each hospital auxiliary group presented their “Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year Award” for 2017.  At Ocean Springs Hospital, Nettie Phillips received the award, and Elouise Bell received the award at Singing River Hospital. 

Auxiliary volunteers at both hospitals provide thousands of service hours every year in multiple service areas, providing hospitality, comfort and assistance to patients and guests.   Both groups welcome applications for new volunteers, with information available on the Singing River Health System website at https://www.singingriverhealthsystem.com/about-us/volunteer/.

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Where You Can Find Your Christmas Tree in Jackson County

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Christmas trees are ready to cut at A&W Tree Farm.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many Jackson County residents are turning their focus to finding the perfect tree for their holiday season.

While fresh cut trees are available to purchase at stores like Lowe’s in Gautier, starting from $29.98, those who want the authentic tree farm experience have a couple of local options in Jackson County: A&W Tree Farm in Moss Point and Bozo’s Seafood Market & Deli in Pascagoula.

Since 2014, A&W Tree Farm has allowed for families to come to the farm, purchase live trees, and even choose their tree and cut it themselves. They grow three types of trees: Virginia Pines ($35 to $65) Green Giants and Carolina Sapphires and also source Frazer Firs from North Carolina. The Virginia Pine trees are available for choosing and cutting, with the others becoming available in 2018. Visitors can also choose live potted Green Giants ($25) or Carolina Sapphires ($65).

Wanda Clark said she and her husband decided to start the Christmas tree farm around 2011.

“We have 40 acres, and after cutting down pine trees in the past destroyed the property, we never wanted to do that again,” Clark said. “We thought about growing fruit trees and some others at first. But we decided on Christmas trees and nothing bigger than what our pickup truck could get back to and carry.”

In addition, the Clarks built a train visitors can choose ride back to the property. On Sunday, Dec. 3, the farm will celebrate the holidays by having a visit from Santa. Clark said it will also likely mean that the number of available trees will dwindle. While A&W Tree Farm will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 3, those still in need of a Christmas tree will need to call 251-751-2596 in advance to see what is left.

The farm has seen many successes over the years, including supplying Moss Point and Dauphin Island with their official Christmas trees, and Clark said the years keep getting better.

“We’re a small mom-and-pop farm,” Clark said. “But this has been our best year yet.”

Bozo’s Seafood Market & Deli in Pascagoula also carries the annual tradition of converting its lawn into a tree farm. 

Jackson County resident Zeke Clancy and his family returned to Bozo’s this year to choose their trees.

“This is really my first year to come out here and experience this and pick out a tree,” Clancy said. “My sister and her kids have been coming for the past four or five years.”

He said the main reasons he visits Bozo’s for a tree are the location and high reputation. Most of all, though, he said choosing a tree each year is always a family affair.

“My grandfather came here and always picked out his trees,” Clancy said. “I guess we just carried on the tradition.”

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