JCC offers help during Small Business Summer

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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is using the season to offer help to growing businesses during Small Business Summer.
As part of Small Business Summer, the chamber is offering a free Summer Learning Series. Held the third Thursday of June, July, and August at 720 Krebs Avenue, the series will cover different topics, such as accounting, employment law, and website development. The sessions are from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attendees should bring their own lunch. 
 The chamber is also offering an application for a $2,500 Small Business Grant for all Jackson County Chamber of Commerce members with 50 or less employees. Applications are due Sept. 15 at 5.p.m.
For more information about the Summer Learning Series or the Small Business Grant, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. 

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Jackson County cities all elect new mayors

In a rare occurrence, new mayors have been elected in all four Jackson County municipalities in 2017.

In another unique turn of events, all cities have varying dates for their swearing-in ceremonies. The new term for elected officials begins on July 1, but the first day of July begins on a Saturday and is followed by the Fourth of July holiday.


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Gautier residents elected the city’s new mayor during the primaries in early May, as no Democratic candidates challenged incumbent Gordon Gollot or newcomer Phil Torjusen.

Torjusen garnered 997 votes over Gollot’s 468.

Torjusen’s swearing-in ceremony will be June 29 inside the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College cafeteria.

Moss Point

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Five candidates sought the mayoral mantle in Moss Point, including Republican John Mosley Jr., Democrat Mario King, and independents Billy Broomfield, Timothy “Mr. Dubs” Dubose, and Wanda Williams. 

King won the election with 1,686 votes, followed by Mosley’s 630 votes. Incumbent candidate Broomfield garnered 274 votes over Dubose’s 124 votes and Williams’s 42 votes.

King’s inauguration is scheduled for June 27.

Ocean Springs

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In what many are calling a shocking upset, newcomer Shea Dobson was elected over incumbent Connie Moran. 

Republican Dobson earned 1,951 votes over Democrat Moran’s 1,574. 

Dobson will take his oath of office on June 30 at the Ocean Springs Community Center on Washington Avenue.


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Incumbent Jim Blevins did not seek reelection in 2017, allowing Republican Dane Maxwell, Democrat Jenafer Gurley and independent Lazaro J. Rovira to seek mayoral office.

Maxwell was elected with 2,263 votes over Gurley’s 186 votes and Rovira’s 493.

Pascagoula will wait until offices reopen after the July 4 holiday, holding its ceremony July 3. Maxwell will be sworn in at 9 a.m. inside the Pascagoula Senior Center at 1912 Live Oak Ave. 

Keep up with JaxCoHome for future individual profiles on each of the mayor-elects. 
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Bull terrier seeking forever home

Randy-crop Bull terrier seeking forever home

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Randy is a male Black Mouth Cur and Pit Bull Terrier mix. He was surrendered to the shelter in October 2016 and is estimated to be two years and seven months old.

Randy has heartworms, but someone has volunteered to sponsor all of his necessary medical treatments upon adoption.


For more information about Randy or other adoptable pets, visit the Jackson County Animal Shelter or call (228) 497-6350.


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2017 hurricane season begins

Hurricane season begins June 1, and that means stocking up on supplies and being ready for anything that could happen. 

This year marks the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, and as many learned that year, it only takes one storm to destroy everything. 

According to MEMA, the state is better prepared than ever to respond to a hurricane, but they advise Mississippians to take an active role in improving their ability to prepare for, survive and recover from the impacts of hurricanes by developing a family emergency plan, learning evacuation routes and assembling a three to five-day disaster supply kit.

Before a storm is even on the horizon, a lot of preparations need to be made. Checking homeowner’s insurance policies is a must, because they don’t always cover flooding. Talking with family members about an evacuation plan is helpful to make sure everyone is on the same page long before disaster strikes. 

The list of supplies to have for a disaster is long, but a few important things to have on hand are:

  • Batteries
  • Canned and non-perishable foods
  • Battery operated fans and flashlights
  • Clean water
  • Cash
  • Medicine
  • Copies of important documents

The Red Cross offers a more detailed list here.

Pet owners should also keep in mind extra steps that must be made in preparing for a hurricane. Not only should pets have extra food kept in the family’s emergency kit, but also make sure to ID your pet. Not only should the pet’s tag have a cell phone number, but the pet should also be microchipped to better ensure a safe return in case the tag is lost. 

When evacuating, pet owners should also make sure to have a safe place to go. Not all shelters or hotels will allow pets, so calling ahead to make sure pets are allowed is best. If you do decide to stay, bring all pets inside and make sure to keep areas safe for pets. More tips for specific pet safety during hurricanes can be found here.

As always, keep up with the weather through a weather radio to know exactly when a storm is imminent. 

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Jackson County celebrates Memorial Day weekend

Every year, we observe Memorial Day in honor of those who have lost their lives serving this country. 

Several events across Jackson County were held over the weekend to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday, the families of those who lost someone in service were honored at the dedication for the new Gold Star Marker in front of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.

Gold Star families are the survivors of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. They are the ones who will never see their spouse, sibling, or child ever again.


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The Ocean Springs Garden Club, who previously secured the Blue Star Marker by the Civic Center, also helped secure the new Gold Star Marker.

The Ocean Springs Garden Club chose the Mary C. as the location for the Gold Star Marker because the center was already home to two other memorials, which allowed the event to be held in conjunction with the God and Country Memorial Concert inside the Mary C. 

Gold Star families who attended the event were able place a flower with the name of their lost loved one at the base of the marker. 

Sunday night, dozens of people gathered in Beach Park in Pascagoula for Sounds of the Sea.

The Singing River Chorale opened the free concert, and the then the Gulf Coast Symphony, directed by Peter Rubardt, performed songs honoring loccal military men and women, with performances of “God Bless America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “1812 Overture.”

Frank Emond served as the evening’s guest conductor, and he shared his experiences in service with the crowd during the evening. 

At 99 years old, Emond was stationed on the USS Pennsylvania during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“I joined the Navy in 1938 as a musician,” Emond recalled. “I remember that day hearing over the speakers, ‘General quarters, no drill. General quarters no drill.’ So we immediately had to go to our battle stations. At the end of the day, one of my jobs was to retrieve the dead and the wounded. We were given rifles and ammunition that night in case of an invasion. On Memorial Day, I remember everyone that was lost on that day.”

After hearing his story, the crowd gave Emond a standing ovation.

“I think it is extremely important to recognize our veterans, those that have served and those that are serving currently,” said Thomas Browning, who served with the Marine Corps and works with the Moss Point Honor Flight. “Being a Vietnam era veteran and never getting any kind of welcome home or thank you for your service to our great nation ,I feel that letting our veterans who have served know how much we appreciate them and the sacrifices that they have made. And to the families of the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I say thank you, and I am extremely sorry for your loss. And I must tell you that the World War II veterans, I never really understood why they call them the greatest generation until I got involved with Honor Flight and met these wonderful men that sacrificed so much that you and I may have the freedom that we enjoy today. God bless them and God bless America.”

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PGSD offers free summer meals

In an effort to reduce childhood hunger in the community, the Pascagoula-Gautier School District Child Nutrition Department is offering free summer meals at three select locations in the district.

Through June and July, breakfast and lunch will be served to anyone under the age of 18 years at cost with no registration required.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. until noon. 

The following locations will offer free summer meals through select dates:

  • Gautier Elementary
    • May 30- July 27 (Tuesday through Thursday only)
  • Jackson Elementary
    • May 30- July 27 (Tuesday through Thursday only)
  • Pascagoula Opportunity Center
    • June 1- June 30 (Monday through Friday )

For more information about summer feeding, click here.

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Jackson County celebrates high school graduates

The month of May means Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and graduations.

High schools across Jackson County are celebrating their graduating seniors and their achievements.

Resurrection Catholic School had 33 students graduate this May.

Gautier High School has 197 students graduating, with Gabrielle Humber selected as class valedictorian and Elizabeth Holliday as salutatorian.

Pascagoula High School’s class of 265 students has Amelia Lawrence as valedictorian and Caroline Ko as salutatorian.

Moss Point High School has 129 students graduating, with Kennadi Johnson selected as class valedictorian and Niya Cooper as salutatorian.

St. Martin High School’s class of 279 students has Alyssa Britton as valedictorian and Katlyn Scott as salutatorian. 

East Central High School has 180 students graduating, with Sarah Eyre as valedictorian and Jenna Broadus as salutatorian.

Vancleave High School’s class of 173 students has Brandon Jerrod Scott as valedictorian and Emily Chappell as salutatorian.

Ocean Springs High School has a class of 399 students, with Leah Dudte as valedictorian and Molly Harback as salutatorian.

Congratulations to all of the Jackson County high school graduates!

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Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers award over $10,000 in scholarships

Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers at both Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital have announced the winners of their annual scholarship awards for students pursuing a health-related field of study.

15 recipients were selected based upon their academic achievements, leadership and potential as future medical professionals, including a number of health system employees who are returning to school for advanced degrees.

Scholarships awarded by Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary

  • Melisa Goff
  • Katherine Schroeder
  • Cynthia Nhung Thi Le
  • Amy Crump
  • Elizabeth King
  • Morgan Ladner
  • Tammy Conner

Scholarships awarded by Singing River Hospital Auxiliary

  • Madison Poiroux
  • Marissa Anderson
  • Drew Sumrall
  • Bailey Clemens
  • Joshua Cao
  • Heather Herbst
  • Anna Grace Meeks
  • Virginia Mosley for Sharon Moody

“We congratulate these outstanding students on their awards, and are so very grateful to our hospital auxiliary volunteers for their generosity and support of our future health care professionals,” said system CEO Kevin Holland. “We wish these winners all the best as they pursue their studies and hope to welcome them back to Singing River to help care for our community.

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Summer camps offered sure to please all

School is out for the summer. What are you going to do with your kids until August? If you don’t want them staring at a screen all summer, various campus are being offered across Jackson County for children of all ages. Check out some of the campus listed below.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus

Summer camps offered at the Jackson County campus of MGCCC in Gautier cover topics such as robotics, chemistry, swimming, and outdoor adventures. 

Visit the website for details about prices and registration, or contact Terri Sasser at terri.sasser@mgccc.edu or at 228-497-7633.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is offering fun, nature-based summer camp programming for a variety of age groups.

Elementary, middle school, and mini-camps run from 9 a.m. until noon at the center. The high school junior naturalist program runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, and is field-trip based.

Visit the Audubon Center’s website for more details and to download the registration forms.

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

The center is all about the arts, whether performing, visual or culinary. This mission is reflected in the selection for their 2017 summer camps. 

Weeklong summer camps for all ages at the Mary C. run from the first full week of June all the way until the end of July, so there is plenty opportunity to for the kids to get their hands dirty learning how to cook, write, paint, craft and so much more. 

Visit the website for camp dates, details and pricing.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab

The GCRL’s three summer camp programs focus on the beauty of the ocean and all that inhabit it. 

Sea Camp: This summer Sea Camp is 30 years old. It has been the Coast’s most popular marine science day camp for children in grades 1 through 6.Activities include live animal encounters with coastal wildlife and opportunities to fish, crab, seine and sieve. 

Shark Camp: Why watch shark week on TV when you can live it? Visit the top shark fishing hotspots around the Barrier Islands aboard a research vessel. Catch and tag sharks to contribute to ongoing scientific research.

Shaggy’s Angler Camp: Fish everyday. This program introduces young people in grades 7 through 12 to fishing in the diverse waters of coastal Mississippi. The five-day camp includes sessions on the water, in the lab, and in the kitchen, as students learn everything from tying a hook on a line to finding and catching fish to cleaning and cooking their catch.

If you know of any other summer camps happening in Jackson County, sign up to become a contributor and write something up to let everyone know. Summer is fast approaching!


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PGSD Athletics Gets An Overhaul

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District is making major improvements to War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula and Vaughn-Wallace Stadium in Gautier in anticipation of the upcoming school year.

     The plans include new field turf at both stadiums as well as a track straight away at Gautier as part of the practice track. For Pascagoula, stadium restrooms are receiving a facelift as well as new track and remodeling a dressing room for the girls’ soccer team. Painting and sealing the bleachers, renovations underneath the visitors’ side of the stadium and a new press box on the home side are also part of the summer plans.

     Other projects include painting the exterior of the Panther baseball field house, refurbishing the tennis courts at South Field, painting the South Field house and new sidewalks, bleachers and concession stand at South Field. Renovations for both football fields is $3.4 million with other venue improvements valued at $1.8 million.

     “These projects are among some of goals of the district’s 2017-2021 five-year strategic plan,” said Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich. “This strategic plan was written by 250 community members and school district employees. Improvements at both stadiums was one of the goals for members of the athletic strategic planning committee.”

     Rodolfich said the improvements to the stadiums will benefit not only those who come to watch the various sporting events, but those who use the field including the football team, lacrosse, team, soccer teams, band and cheerleaders as well as the members of the track team.

     “The new turf will provide a consistently-level playing field which will dry quickly, and the improvements will give our stadiums a cleaner, high-quality appearance,” Rodolfich said. “We moved our high school graduations to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum this year so we could go ahead and begin work on these stadium improvements and be ready in time for football season. There’s been a great deal of excitement throughout the community about the projects.”

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