Chevron and Fab Lab Unit Deliver Supplies to Houston

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The Jackson County Fab Lab mobile unit is being used for more than just educational purposes. On October 20th, the Fab Lab trailer was packed full of cleaning, safety and toiletry supplies and made its journey to Houston, Texas to help benefit the people who are still affected from Hurricane Harvey. 

Earlier this year, Chevron and Fab Lab partnered to create the unit to provide students and aspiring inventors in the area the resources to create, experiment and build their skills in STEAM. The Fab Lab provides educational programming and opportunities to advance STEAM education, human centered design, collaborative projects and the creative economy, connecting people and creating opportunities for learning, research, experimentation and business.

Scott Beebe, Fab Lab Manager, saw the perfect opportunity to utilize the trailer and partner with the Fab Lab in Houston to help pass out the supplies within the area. The donations were collected from Jackson County school district students and teachers. Vancleave, St.Martin and East Central schools collected goods for a month to help fill the Fab Lab unit. A parent of a teacher at St. Martin also donated 400 purses filled with personal toiletry items. 

“I wanted to personally be involved and give back to a community who once gave to us”, said Scott Beebe. “We wanted our people to help a not-so local community that was in need”, he said.

The Fab Lab unit delivered the items to BakerRipley, a non-profit dedicated to connecting low-income families and individuals to opportunity so they can achieve the life they’ve imagined. BakerRipley has also partnered with Chevron and the Fab Foundation and is planning to open their own Fab Lab next summer, which will make the tenth mobile unit within the organization. 

“It’s a big deal to have the Jackson County Fab Lab partner with BakerRipley to help these families who were affected by the flooding”, says Brent Richardson with BakerRipley. “It’s a great support to have friends we can count on at another Fab Lab”, he said. 

 

 

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Free Gift Cards for Jackson County Teachers

Jackson County Teachers: The Fuel Your School Program with Chevron is back. During the month of October, Chevron is donating $50,000 to help fund classroom projects for teachers in Jackson County. Last year, Chevron funded 71 Fuel Your School projects at 41 schools in Jackson County. It’s back again and ready to keep students excited about learning. 

The program works with DonorsChoose.org to help K-12 teachers in public schools get the supplies they need for eligible public school classroom projects. Teachers may create an account on the site (free of charge) and post a project needed for their classroom. Teachers can request books, technology, field trips- anything you’ve been dreaming of for your students. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding.

JaxCoHome will be handing out gift cards to be redeemed at DonorsChoose.org for teachers to fund their projects. We have gift cards for amounts ranging from $50-$150. We are asking Jackson County Teachers to tell us what project they need and why and we will reward the gift cards to the selected submissions. Gift cards are on a first come, first serve basis, so act fast in order to get your dream project funded for your classroom!

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Go to JaxCoHome’s Facebook page 
  2. Fill out the form on our page with the ‘woobox’ link and tell us what project you need and why
  3. Select ‘Submit’

The form will be available to access by end of day today. We will be announcing who receives gift cards as the submissions come in, so stay tuned to our Facebook page to see who will get their dream project funded! 

*UPDATE* Here is the woobox link to fill out the submission form: http://woobox.com/3a68dz

 

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MGCCC Instructor April Lawson Named Humanities Council Instructor of the Year

 MGCCC Instructor April Lawson Named Humanities Council Instructor of the Year

April Lawson

April Lawson, language arts instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus, has been chosen as the 2017 Mississippi Humanities Council Instructor of the Year.  Lawson, who has taught at the college since 2003, will represent the college at the state awards in February 2018.

The Humanities Teacher Awards recognize the contributions of humanities faculty at each of the state’s colleges and universities in the fields of English, history, music, art and philosophy. Nominations are made by the college or university president, vice president or dean of instruction. Each award recipient is required to prepare and deliver a public lecture during October (National Arts and Humanities Month) or during November.

Lawson’s lecture, “The Reel Deal: Film in Education,” will be presented on November 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the WPA Lecture Hall at the Jackson County Campus.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

“My presentation will showcase the ways in which I use film in the classroom and I will show film clips that will work in various subject areas,” she said. “I will provide some materials that can be used by other instructors in incorporating film in their classrooms.”

Lawson said she finds that film offers her students a “shared experience” that offers a springboard for in-depth class discussions and research. “I will show film clips from movies such as ‘Clue,’ which is a comedy but is set during the 1950s.  The film can be used in history classes to discuss McCarthyism, communism and J. Edgar Hoover, for instance.  Another movie that I use, but that can be used in a variety of subject areas, is ‘Contagion.’   We discuss how different characters react to the outbreak, but it could be used in science, economic, history, psychology, health, statistics or many other classes.  It is a way to get students involved and to see the problems presented by certain situations.”

Lawson graduated from the University of West Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching English.

 

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Churches Face-Off for Gumbo Cook-Off

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Tomorrow is the day for the first annual JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off. The contenders? Nine churches who will face-off for best gumbo at the Jackson County Fair. 

The food booths are known for serving their gumbo to the public during the fair week, but this year’s cook-off will add a competitive edge to the event. Each booth will provide a sample of their speciality gumbo to be evaluated and judged by each of our judges. The judges will rate the gumbo on a scale of 1-5 based on taste, presentation and consistency. The food booth with the most points will be announced at 12:00 PM and will be awarded with the JaxCoHome Golden Ladle-not to mention a year’s worth of bragging rights. 

The booths competing are as follows: Morning Star Baptist Church, Caswell Springs UMC, Liberty Church, Solomon Temple, Parkway Baptist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Faith in Word Ministry, Safe Harbor UMC and Ashbury’s Temple. 

There will also be a People’s Choice vote taking place. Fair-goers will be able to scan a QR code at the event or visit http://q-r.to/baoN3e to vote for their favorite gumbo. The People’s Choice winner will officially be announced by end of day. 

“We’re ready to see who wins it”, says Jamey Foster with JaxCoHome. “It’s a friendly competition amongst the churches and we hope to make this an annual event”, he said. 

So come out to Booth 2 from 11-12 and take part in the first JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off! 

 

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Local Judges to Be Featured at JaxCoHome Gumbo Contest

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On Wednesday, JaxCoHome will be hosting Jackson County Fair’s First Gumbo Cook-off. The competition will be held at the JaxCoHome booth (booth 2) underneath the food pavilion at the fairgrounds from 11:00-12:00 p.m., with the awarding to take place at noon. The competitors include the food booths who are known for selling their gumbo throughout the fair week. 

Three local judges are set to determine which booth will win the prized Golden Ladle. The first judge is Alan Sudduth, Public and Government Affairs Manager for Pascagoula’s Chevron Refinery. Sudduth holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from William Carey University. 

Stacie Vande Wetering makes the second judge. Better known as ‘Cheffie’, she is the General Manager/Executive Chef of Singing River Yacht Club. She is also a F&B Ops Veteran and winner of last year’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. She started her culinary career with an apprenticeship at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala. She lived in Atlanta for two decades and worked for two years in Manhattan. And she was the executive chef at Lakewood Club in Fairhope, Ala. Cheffie has worked in hotel kitchens, high-end restaurants and for catering services.

Last, but certainly not least, Alexis Bradley makes our third judge. Bradley owns the new restaurant in Pascagoula, Mississippi Sound Seafood. The restaurant is located on 1908 Martin Street and is already a huge hit among local seafood lovers. According to their Facebook page, the restaurant has a 4.8 rating and over 180 reviews of people raving about the ‘friendly staff’ and ‘lunch specials. 

Come out and watch who takes home the JaxCoHome Golden Ladle and will earn gumbo bragging rights for a year! 

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Hang Your Bra on Moss Point Bridge for Breast Cancer Awareness

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MOSS POINT- Singing River Federal Credit Union will host their 7th Annual Bras Across the River event and Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 14th. 

The event will start at 8 am, where thousands of bras will be strung across the Moss Point bridge, beginning at Pelican Landing. There will be a Fun Run/Walk at 9 am, following the hanging of the bras.

Singing River Federal Credit Union is partnering with local businesses including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to make this event a success. The annual event donates all funds to the American Cancer Society where those are marked for helping victims & families on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and increasing research abilities to find a cure for this disease that affects so many in our area. SRFCU will donate $1 per bra to breast cancer support on the MS Gulf Coast area.

 

Jimmy Smith, President / CEO of Singing River Federal Credit Union says, “The Bras Across the River event is greatly successful in raising funds for local Breast Cancer awareness and support. We could not do this without your community support and the partnerships of many local businesses. Everyone should get involved.”

 

Attendees can register for the event at www.srfcu.org or call 228.475.9531 for details and registration information.

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2nd Chance MS, Bacot McCarty Foundation and Chevron: Join Forces to Help People Finish College

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 2nd Chance MS, Bacot McCarty Foundation, and Chevron are announcing the start of a program that will provide needed supportive service assistance to underserved adult students working to obtain their High School Equivalency and employment skills training from MGCCC.

MGCCC offers some of the best adult education and vocational skills training courses in the United States.  But a significant number of the adult students participating in these outstanding programs lack basic necessities, such as food, transportation, clothing, child care, and supplies needed for class.  The lack of any of these necessities can prevent an otherwise hardworking adult from completing their High School Equivalency and/or job skills training. 

This Program is designed to address such challenges by establishing a wrap-around support fund that MGCCC can utilize to provide emergency assistance to deserving adult students in genuine need.  This Wrap-Around Support Fund can make the difference for an adult student at MGCCC working to get their adult education, job skills training, and ultimately, a stable non-minimum wage job. Whether its a drug test or a ride to class, they want to help MGCCC students succeed. 

2nd Chance MS., Bacot McCarty Foundation, and Chevron will all make an initial contribution of $5000 each to establish the Fund, which will be administered by MGCCC.  It is anticipated that additional partners will contribute to this Fund in near future.   

Chevron is proud to partner with 2nd Chance MS, Bacot McCarty Foundation and MGCCC to make social investments in programs that promote self-sufficiency, job growth and economic development”, says Alan Sudduth, Chevron Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager.

Everyone is invited to the official announcement and check presentation to Dr. Mary Graham, President of MGCCC, at 10:30am, October 11 at MGCCC’s Warner Peterson Administration Building on the Gautier campus.  

“Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is excited to partner with 2nd Chance MS,  Bacot McCarty Foundation and Chevron to provide wrap-around support services to our adult education, skill certification and career training students.  We recognize that many of these students are coming back to school despite adverse and complicated situations to prepare for better career opportunities.  We are grateful to our partners who help provide the resources needed to help disadvantaged students achieve success”, said Dr. Mary Graham, President Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

 

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Columbus Day Is No Day Off For Singing River Electric

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Restoring power to the people of Jackson County is Singing River’s main goal after Hurricane Nate’s landing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this past weekend. 

Power companies and their crews have been working endlessly to restore power to the more than 32,000 customers in South Mississippi who lost electricity due to Hurricane Nate, but there are still people without power in Jackson County.

Singing River Electric reported the 32,000 people without power on Sunday morning and today the number stands at only 344 people without power and about 300 of them are in Jackson County. 

The significant progress made can be thanked to the employees of Singing River, their co-op crews and contract crews. Singing River brought in an extra 300 employees to get the job done reports Lorri Freeman, a spokesperson for Singing River Electric. 

“It was a huge jump in man power and it allowed for the restoration success that we had Sunday”, she said. “Going from 33,000 without power to 1,000 in one day is incredible”, Freeman says. 

Crews have been working over 12 hour days to get power back to the people of Jackson County. 

“We’re extremely proud of our lineman, servicemen and employees from other co-ops across the state. We’d also like to thank the dispatch for scheduling outages, engineers working as supervisors for the crews and even the retirees we’ve brought in to guide the crews who aren’t from around here.” 

To report a power outage or any hanging electric lines please call Singing River Electric at 228-497-1313 or visit their website at singingriver.com

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What You Need to Know for Tropical Storm Nate

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Tropical Storm Nate is continuing to make its way across the Caribbean towards the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to become a Category 1 Hurricane when it reaches the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

According to WLOX, Nate is expected to reach land early Sunday morning somewhere between Louisiana and Florida, including South Mississippi.

As of 10 a.m., the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast is under a hurricane warning for Saturday night and Sunday, including the counties of Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. The National Hurricane Center issued the warning at 10 a.m. Friday. Parts of coastal Louisiana and Alabama are included in the warning.

 The storm surge watch has also been upgraded to a storm surge warning. The expected storm surge is between 4-7 feet.

A state of emergency has been issued in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Jackson County and George County ahead of the storm.

For continued weather updates, be sure to stay tuned into your local weather stations. 
 
The Coast was filled with many events and and festivals set for this weekend, but has since canceled or rescheduled due to the storm. Here are the updates with closures from the Sun Herald: 
 
Closures
  • Gulfport Music Festival will be compressed into one day on Friday at Jones Park in Gulfport. Ludacris, originally scheduled to perform Saturday, will perform Friday night after 3 Doors Down.
  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center is canceling all programming this weekend. Will reopen for Toddler on Tuesday.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore officials will close all of areas of the national seashore including all Mississippi Islands to the public. All campers at Davis Bayou Campground in Ocean Springs must evacuate by noon Friday.
  • St. James Fall Festival at the church on Cowan Road in Gulfport is postponed until next weekend.
  • The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi’s 2017 Rosary Rally, scheduled for Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Pass Christian, has been canceled.​​
  • The Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday at the Biloxi Visitors Center is canceled.
  • Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Pascagoula will be postponed. The 40th Annual Day in the Plaza will be Oct. 28.
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fall Festival and blessing of the pets, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until Oct. 21. It will still run 1-4 p.m. in Bayou View Park, Gulfport.
  • The Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society annual Columbus Dinner set for Monday has been canceled.
  • The de l’Epee Deaf Center in Gulfport has rescheduled its Spooktacular event to Oct. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs is closed until Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m.
  • The Humane Society of South Mississippi will close Saturday to evacuate the shelter and make room for anticipated strays.
  • The Jackson county Animal Shelter is closing at noon Friday and will remain closed Saturday.

Shelters

John McFarland, director of the South Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross, said local emergency management directors will announce shelter openings later on Friday.

George County Board of Supervisors has announced they will open two shelters at 4 p.m. Saturday to be run by the American Red Cross and Department of Human services.

  • Benndale Storm Shelter at 5207 U.S. 26 West
  • Agricola Storm Shelter at 3161 Cooks Corner Road

Jackson County Shelters

East Jackson County
18413 Highway 613
Hurley, MS 39555

Central Jackson County
5500 Ballpark Road
Vancleave, MS 39565

West Jackson County

13000 Walker Road

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

For Hurricane Evacuation Plan, visit the Jackson County website www.co.jackson.ms.us

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mgrc, chevron team up to support early childhood education

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To raise awareness of early childhood education and the importance of reading, Chevron and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (MGRC) organized a “Read to Me” event at Kreole Elementary in Moss Point.

PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake read to the pre-K children as part of the “Read to Me” program that is associated with Excel By 5.

Also, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron, in partnership with the MGRC, made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support local community literacy programs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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