Fox Squirrels Entertain Golfers at Whispering Pines

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Whispering Pines Golf Course has some visitors that like the course so much, they’re calling it home—and they don’t even golf!
Fox Squirrels have moved in, and they’re welcome to stay, according to Facilities Manager Richie Diamond. Diamond said the colony of about 30 fox squirrels, named for their orange coloring and bushy tails, offer some entertainment to golfers waiting to hit their next shot during a busy day at the Hurley course.

“We’ve actually had photographers come out for the sole purpose of taking photos of the squirrels,” Diamond said.

To be clear, South Mississippi, with its river beds and woods, is no stranger to squirrels in general, but, as Pascagoula River Audubon Center Director Mark LaSalle explains, we’re used to seeing the gray squirrel in Jackson County. The gray squirrel tends to favor the piney woods common in this area.

The fox squirrel population, on the other hand, is “spotty” in Jackson County, LaSalle said. If groups of them are found, they’re found near river bottomland forests.

“You hear about them every once in awhile, but not so much in Jackson County, unless you get up farther north,” LaSalle said.
Why Whispering Pines? LaSalle surmises that, quite simply, the golf course must have the right mixture of everything that fox squirrels need to thrive.

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Now that the new furry friends have settled down at the golf course, both LaSalle and Diamond agree that they easily co-exist with humans in a situation like this. (In fact, they probably aren’t even paying enough attention to judge your golf game.)
“They tend to go about their daily squirrel routine while paying very little attention to human activities,” Diamond said.

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Burger Barn Serves as Vancleave Staple for Burgers and Ice Cream

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Have you been to the Burger Barn in Vancleave yet? If so, you’ve joined people that come from around the region to take part in this Vancleave tradition. If not, it might be time to give the Vancleave staple a try.

Approximately four years ago, Lisa and Larry Green took ownership of the burger joint, which has always been “the place to go” in Vancleave. In that time, the Greens have seen the Burger Barn continue to be a regular meeting place for many Vancleave residents and visitors coming through the town on Highway 57.

People come to the Burger Barn, sit down inside, visit, and talk, according to Lisa Green. “We serve the community. We have good food, family oriented,” she said, adding that they get a lot of work and school traffic there as well. She’s confident that once people visit they “always come back when they’re in the area.”

The Burger Barn is also located close to the high school, so it’s a regular hangout spot for students after school and after big school events like football games.

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The family-oriented Burger Barn is one of the only places in Vancleave for a burger, but it’s more than that too. Visitors can get po boys, shrimp, catfish, ice cream, chicken tenders, chili dogs, and more. They also have monthly burger specials.

Moving forward, the Greens hope to keep the business growing and have discussed putting in a drive through. They’ve also discussed the possibility of expanding to a second location in Hurley, which is where the Greens are from.

You can visit this Vancleave staple at 12316 Highway 57 in Vancleave. See their specials and more on their Facebook page.

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Bringing Blueberry Heaven to Earth

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Blueberry Heaven is once again available for blueberry picking and now – the second and third weeks of June – is the best time to do so.

Sissy Inabinette, who works on the farm, says that blueberry season really runs from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, so now is the time to come to their farm in Vancleave for the best crop. She said the first week of June is also an ideal time to pick their berries, so those interested can go ahead and plan for next year.

According to Inabinette, this year’s weather has been more conducive for the blueberries than last year’s, and they have a great crop. “We’ve absolutely been getting the proper amount of rain and the proper amount of sunshine now,” she said.

This year, they’ve also welcomed many new customers. Inabinette said that, out of the 400 people who have come through so far, 300 of them have been new. She said that word of mouth has been the best way to spread the news of their U-pick blueberry farm.

“It’s amazing to me the amount of people that are coming that didn’t know this existed,” Inabinette said.

The Vancleave farm, which has become a local hot spot, has approximately 6,300 blueberry bushes showcasing four different blueberry varieties. Picking blueberries seems to be a favorite for the kids that visit the farm as well. According to Inabinette, many of the kids think they don’t like blueberries, but they find that the ones at Blueberry Heaven taste different than the ones from the grocery store.

Visitors can pick their blueberries directly for $10 a gallon. Visitors can also get pre-picked ones that are fresh or frozen for $20 a gallon.

Weather permitting, the season may run a little past July 4. After that, the farm is on an honor system for those who want to brave the heat and the grass. You can get more details about Blueberry Heaven here.

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Children and Families Find Hope in Jackson County Through Pilot Program

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Judge Sharon Sigalas

Foster Children in Jackson County are finding hope in being reunited with their parents and families through a pilot Re-Unification Program hosted by the Jackson County Youth Court  (JCYC). For the first time Wednesday, May 9th 2018, children, parents, and foster parents came together to celebrate children being reunited with their parents at a banquet hosted by Judge Sharon Sigalas and the Jackson County Youth Court.  Other leaders were also present including local D.A., Tony Lawrence and State Senator Brice Wiggins.

There are many reasons why this program is important as fostered children numbers continue to rise.  Senator Brice Wiggins and other coastal legislators worked to see legislation passed in 2016 that would stimulate this process.  The Senator reports that in the state of Mississippi, 2/3 of all foster children reside in the lower 3 counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson.  Although the legislation passed, funding such a program is always an issue.

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Senator Brice Wiggins

While much of the details surrounding these cases are confidential, a judicial study group worked to find a way to enhance the law to encourage reunification and celebrate the success stories of reunification.  Consequently, the idea of a Reunification Banquet was born and Judge Sigalas stepped up to make it happen.

Thanks to funding from the Annie E. Casey foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and an additional 100 million from the Mississippi State Legislature 2017 budget, the reunification program is gaining strength.  The first inaugural Reunification Banquet by JCYC highlights an intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation approach to helping children in foster care reunite with their parents toward permanency. Through the aid of a trained, credentialed, Parent Representative appointee, parents are coached through court dates, rehabilitation, counseling, legal help, and more while the children receive the care and attention they need through foster care.

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Commissioner, Jess Dickinson

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Jurist in Residence, John Hudson

According to Judge Sigalas, “since this is a pilot program, there is a lot of data that needs to be collected and compared across the state in order to determine the strengths and weakness in the program”.  She credits Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services (MDCPS) commissioner, Jess Dickinson, and John Hudson, Jurist in Residence (Youth Courts) Mississippi Supreme Court with making the reunification program a  priority within the Mississippi Youth Court system. Both were in attendance at the banquet and Commissioner Dickinson was the keynote speaker at the banquet. He emphasized the importance of why this program is vital to the lives of children and families.  Judge Sigalas said, “The fact that the (MDCPS) Commissioner would drive here to be a part of this event speaks to the importance of it”. Senator Wiggins added, “the new law encourages reunification… no one wants a child to remain in the system. This event highlights the success stories and they need to be told.  JCYC and CASA of Jackson County are on the forefront to making this program successful”.

As the first Reunification Banquet is now in the books for Judge Sigalas and the JCYC staff, she and her colleagues look forward to the program expanding across the state and here in Jackson County, thus putting children and parents back together in healthy, productive, caring homes.  The success stories do need to be told and celebrated because the reunification program is important to the success of many children and families in our community and across our state.

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Set Free by Grace

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June 19, 2002 is a date that Rodney Darren Williams will never forget. On that day, he experienced a painful event that would mark the beginning of a renewed life. Rodney, who had battled alcohol and drug addiction for over 20 years, was blown up while cooking methamphetamine in a small trailer.

During the ride to the hospital following the explosion, Rodney turned his life over to Jesus Christ. Although he knew he wanted to change, he wasn’t sure how do it. Earlier in 2002, Williams’ first trip to rehab at the Home of Grace, a Christ-centered recovery center, ended after only one week.

While spending three months at the University of South Alabama Burn Center to treat second and third degree burns, a local pastor came to visit with Rodney. Brother Bill Barton served as pastor of Wade Baptist Church and also the founded of the nationally known Home of Grace in 1965.

Williams says, “even though I was ready for change; I didn’t know how to change. And God directed me to Home of Grace and they began to give me the tools I needed to go out and live a victorious life. They showed me how to walk in this freedom provided by Christ’s sacrifice.”

Following completion of the Home of Grace program, Williams wrote a book called Club Meth to Christ. The book documents his journey from addiction to redemption through Jesus Christ. “It’s such a great joy in my life, to be set free (from addiction), that I want to go out and share with the world how to be free.” Over 60,000 books have been distributed, with another 10,000 set to be printed this year.

Soon after the book publication, Williams started Club Meth to Christ Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Free books are available through the ministry’s website: clubmethtochrist.com. Donations to offset book costs are accepted, but not required. Williams doesn’t know how many people have been touched by his book. Free books are given to jail and prison inmates who then pass it along to other inmates to read, spreading Williams’ message of redemption.

The ministry’s main objective is leading people to Jesus Christ through Christian rehab facilities. “Trying to show people how to be set free, to be released from the bondage of addiction,” says Williams. Rodney continues to send people to the Home of Grace for help as well as preaching there at least once a month for the past 15 years.

Williams see the Home of Grace as one of the best facilities in the country. “The Home of Grace has helped so many people. I’ve been to a lot of different ministries, a lot of different rehabs; and Home of Grace ministries is top of the line.” The Home of Grace has two locations in Jackson County: Home of Grace Men on Jericho Road in Vancleave and The Haven located in Gautier on Home of Grace Drive. “Everywhere I go (in Jackson County), people come up and tell me that they’ve been through the Home of Grace program,” say Williams.
Williams says his biggest takeaway from the Home of Grace is staying plugged in to the word of God and renewing the mind. “You have to stay plugged in to a community of Christ followers, which is the Church. We are daily being conformed by the world; it’s throwing all these things, bad things, at us. We must stand on the Word of the Lord.”

Rodney’s story has been aired around the world through a variety of media outlets in over 147 countries; in 10 different languages. The 700 Club also dramatized his story and aired it twice. “God has really taken this message of freedom around the world,” says Williams.

Williams lives in the Hurley community with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children. He can be reached directly at (228) 990-5982 or through the website: clubmethtochrist.com.

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Summer Camp HQ

Check out the list we’ve compiled below to find the a summer camp that is right for your children!

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Pascagoula River Audubon Center Camps

5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point MS 39563  
Contact: 228.475.0825 (ext. 2)
Visit Pascagoula River Audubon Center for prices and registration

Watery Worlds & Wetlands

  • Grades 2-5
  • June 4-8, 9am-12pm

River Explorers

  • Grades 2-5
    June 11-15, 9am-12pm

Water Scientists

  • Grades 6-8
  • June 18-22, 9am-12pm

Junior Naturalists Program 

  • Grades 9-12
    June 25-29, 9am-12pm

Wet and Wild

  • Ages 4-6
  • July 10-12, 9am-12pm

Underwater Worlds: 

  • Ages 4-6
  • July 17-19, 9am-12pm
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center Camps

1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.2878
Visit Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center Camps for times, prices and registration

Junior Chef

  • Ages 8+
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27

Bakeshop Basics

  • Budding bakers will learn to prepare both sweet and savory treats, as well as kitchen safety and sanitation, reading recipes, mise en place, and measuring ingredients.
  • Ages 8-13 will meet June 18-22

Around the World Culinary

  • Kids will learn about different cultures and create tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.
  • Ages 8-13 will meet June 11-15

Food is Science

  • Kids will learn the science of food and do food science experiments
  • Ages 6-14 (younger ages may be considered)
  • July 9-13

Dining from the Rainbow

  • Kids learn about different colored foods, with each day’s menu based off a specific color
  • Ages 8-13 will meet July 16-20

Art Journaling for Kids

  • Kids learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas and artwork
  • Ages 6-15 will meet July 9-13

Drawing and Painting

  • Kids learn the basics of drawing and painting from life focusing on the fundamentals
  • Ages 7-10 will meet June 25-29
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 4-8

Art Exploration for Kids

  • Kids will learn drawing, painting and collage
  • Ages 7-11 will meet June 4-8; June 11-15; and July 16-20

Self Portraits

  • Students learn to draw proportions of the face, how to shade and render features
  • Ages 9-13 will meet June 25-29

Painting for Children

  • Children learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements
  • Ages 6-10 will meet June 18-22

Pastel Fun for Kids

  • Kids will learn to explore colors and draw using pastels
  • Ages 5-6 will meet June 4-8 and July 9-13
  • Ages 7-11 will meet June 18-22

Realism Challenge for Teens

  • Students learn to use pencils, colored pencils and paint to render realistic looking artwork
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 18-22

Pastels for Teens

  • In-depth exploration of colors, perspective, and various drawing methods using pastels
  • Ages 12-13 will meet June 11-15
  • Ages 14-17 will meet June 25-29

Mixed Media Painting

  • Kids learn different mixed media and painting techniques from texture to working images into artwork, layering and creating abstract pieces
  • Ages 7-11 will meet July 23-27

Art and Play

  • Kids learn drafting design, create inventions, use art, poetry, and writing to create projects
  • Ages 6-10 will meet June 11-15

Altered Books

  • Students bring a hardback book to alter by cutting, collaging, and painting to create a work of art out of the book
  • Ages 9-15 will meet July 23-27

Magical World of Puppets and Masks

  • Students are introduced to various types of puppetry and mask work and will create their own for a final showcase
  • Grades 1-4 will meet June 25-29

Paper Dolls

  • Kids design and color their own paper dolls and accessories, assign them careers and hobbies, and develop wardrobes for them
  • Ages 6-9 will meet July 16-20

Play Making

  • Students will create and perform their own plays; led by award-winning playwright Cayson Miles
  • Grades K-4 will meet June 4-8

From Page to Stage

  • Young playwrights will create a short play; led by award-winning playwright Cayson Miles
  • Grades 4-8 will meet June 4-8

Photography and Visual Design for Teens

  • Students explore photography as creative expression and apply basic elements of visual design
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 11-15 and July 16-20

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

  • Students learn basic musical theatre techniques including voice and dance
  • Grades 1-6 will meet July 9-13

Space Pirates: A New Children’s Musical Two Week Theatre Camp

  • Students learn to put on a theatrical production
  • Ages 7-16 will meet June 11-15 and June 18-22

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Two Week Theatre Camp

  • Kids will produce a rollicking musical version of “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Open to all grades
  • July 16-20 and July 23-27, with two final performances happening on July 27-28
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Camps

2300 US-90, Gautier, MS 39553
Contact: 228.497.7735
Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for times, prices and registration

Learn To Swim

  • Ages 3-12
  • Sessions include June 4-14, June 18-28, July 9-19
  • Classes meet for 50 minutes each day for nine days over two weeks

Chemistry Camp

  • Ages 11-14
  • Sessions include July 9-13, July 16-20
  • Make polyurethane foam, slime, plexi-glass crystals, fingerprints and more

Explorers Environmental Camp

  • Ages 12-16
  • Sessions include June 18-22, July 16-20
  • A fun and challenging week of outdoor activities

Robotics Technology Camps

  • Basic: June 18-22 (ages 10-12)
  • Intermediate: June 25-29 (ages 12-17)
  • An interactive camp building robots and stomp rockets
University of Southern Mississippi Camps

703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.8095
Visit USM Camps for times, prices and registration

Sea Camp

  • Grades 1-6
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 9-13
  • Marine educators provide students with a rich educational experience wrapped up in lots of fun, games and hands-on activities

Sharkheads Shark Fest

  • Grades 7-12
  • Sessions include June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20
  • Participate in shark research with our USM scientists by catching, tagging and releasing sharks

Shaggy’s Angler Camp

  • Grades 7-12
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22
  • During the week, anglers will learn how to throw a net to catch bait, how to tag and release fish, and how to target speckled trout, redfish and flounder. 
FABLAB Jackson County Camps

12004 MS 57, Vancleave, MS 39565
Contact:  228.826.0181
Visit FabLab Jackson County for times, prices and registration

Digital Design Camp

  • May 29-June 1
  • Open to all ages
  • Laser engraving and vinyl cutting

3-D Printing Camp

  • June 4-8
  • Open to all ages
  • Laser engraving

CNC Router Camp

  • June 11-15
  • Open to middle and high school ages

STEM Exploration

  • June 18-22
  • Open to all ages

Maze Charting Robot

  • June 18-22
  • Open to middle and high school ages
  • Programming and building

Girls in STEM (STEM Exploration)

  • June 25-29
  • Open to all ages
InTheZone Camps

3614 Bienville Blvd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.2830
In The Zone Summer Camp starts Tuesday after Memorial Day and runs until the Friday before the children return to school. Includes daily field trips and activities
Visit InTheZone for times, prices and registration

Servants

  • Ages 5 & 6

Disciples

  • Ages 7, 8 & 9

Shepherds

  • Ages 10,11 & 12
Pascagoula Youth Soccer Club

6001 Tillman St. Pascagoula, MS
The program emphasizes the fundamentals of soccer in a fun, supportive atmosphere
Ages 5-14
Date: July 9-11
Time: 9am-12pm
Contact: 228.762.1020
Visit Pascagoula Youth Soccer Club for prices and registration

City of Pascagoula Summer Camp

2935 Pascagoula St. Pascagoula, MS
Includes indoor and outdoor activities, weekly field trips, special guests, sports and more!
Ages 6-12
Date: May 29-July 27
Contact: 228.938.2356
Visit City of Pascagoula for prices and registration

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Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Gearing Up for the Best Summer Ever

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YMCA Summer Day Camp keeps kids moving, exploring and learning all summer long

At the end of the summer, families want to hear their child had “the best summer ever.” To help make that happen, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is offering Summer Day Camp, keeping kids adventurous, active, engaged and healthy all summer long. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending the YMCA Summer Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“It’s imperative that kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer. Summer Camp is a wonderful way to ensure that,” says Theresa Haynes, Youth Services Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA.  “In our Summer Day Camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”

Ms. Haynes says there are five reasons why children should attend summer camp:   

  1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymca.net or mgcymca.org for details.
  2. HEALTHY FUN: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
  3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
  4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
  5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA offers Summer Day Camp at the following locations: The Taconi Elementary building in Ocean Springs, East Hancock Elementary in Kiln, and the Vancleave YMCA Day Camp building located in Vancleave behind the United Methodist Church. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need.

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

For more information, visit mgcymca.org or contact Theresa Haynes at thaynes@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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Summer Library Programs @ Your Library!

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Coast Libraries are ready to rock this summer with programs for all ages.  The Jackson-George Regional Library System summer reading programs begins June 4, at all locations. Registration for children stats May 29 at all branches.  The reading program for children is designed to help kids discover the pleasure of reading throughout the summer.

“Libraries Rock!” is the theme for all programming this year and will encourage children to enjoy music themed events, storytellers, local artists, and the fun of reading and winning prizes.

A full schedule of events and programs include; Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks, Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris, Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music, Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts, Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show, and Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic.

Weekly programs for each of three age groups will include; pre-school storytime, grade-school programs, and even teen programs.

“We always have new families moving to our area, so we encourage them to get a library card read books, and participate in exciting learning activities,” said JGRLS Youth Services Coordinator Bethany Carlisle. “Everyone can get into music and have fun! We hope kids and their parents will come and enjoy great programs for all ages,” she said.

A library program record is filled out for each child who registers. Each time the child visits the library, the activities and library materials he or she has checked out will be recorded on their own activities card. Children can also earn prizes for filling out their card.

Parents of younger children are urged to enroll their preschool children in the Read-To-Me programs and to attend the regular story time activities at the libraries. A wide selection of new picture books are available that parents can select to read to their children.

For more information and schedules, visit the library website: Children: www.jgrls.org/children/index.html, Teens: www.jgrls.org/events/teens.html, and Adults: www.jgrls.org/events/events.html  Visit a library near you.

Branch program schedule:

East Central Public Library

Mondays at 2 pm • 228-588-6263

June 4 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 11 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 18 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 25 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 2 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 9 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Gautier Public Library

Wednesdays at 2 pm • 228-497-4531

June 6 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 13 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 20 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 27 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 4 Holiday – Library Closed

July 11 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Lucedale/George County Public Library

Mondays at 10 am • 601-947-2123

June 4 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 11 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 18 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 25 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 2 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 9 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library

Thursdays at 10 am • 228-475-7462

June 7 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 14 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 21 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 28 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 5 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 12 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Ocean Springs Municipal Library

Tuesdays at 10 am • 228-875-1193

June 5 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 12 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 19 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 26 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 3 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 10 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Pascagoula Public Library

Thursdays at 2 pm • 228-769-3060

June 7 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 14 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 21 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 28 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 5 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 12 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

St. Martin Public Library

Wednesdays at 10 am • 228-392-3250

June 6 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 13 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 20 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 27 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 4 Holiday – Library Closed

July 11 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

Vancleave Public Library

Tuesdays at 2 pm • 228-826-5857

June 5 Gram Rae from Fiddly-Dee Rocks at the Library

June 12 Rockin’ Dance with Antoinette Morris

June 19 Live With Kelly & Robert: Montage of Music

June 26 Storytelling Rocks: Da Story Weaver, Terrance Roberts

July 3 JGRLS presents Rolllin’ on the River Puppet Show

July 10 Dr. GEE’s Magic and Balloons: Rock Your Library with Magic!

The Jackson-George Regional Library System is comprised of nine branch libraries serving the two counties and surrounding areas. All locations provide free access to a large collection of books, ebooks, digital magazines, DVDs, audio books on CD and tape, and music CDs, Internet and free WiFi; research databases, newspapers, and more. Libraries continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality programming, exhibits, and free events for children, teens and adults of all ages.

 

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This Popular Ministry App With 30k Downloads Was Made Right Here in Jackson County

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OCEAN SPRINGS–When Greg Arnold moved his online Christian men’s ministry from blog to mobile app in 2016, he had modest hopes for its success.

“It took a year to get the first 5,000 registered users, which is what I was shooting for,” Arnold said. “I thought I had hit the moon when I got to 5,000.”

Fast forward a year and a half later, and the Live Bold application has been downloaded more than 30,000 times from the iOS and Android app stores by users in 163 countries. Of those downloads, about half are registered users. In both app stores, it has climbed its way to the number one spot in the search results for Christian Men’s apps, and it consistently remains in the top five apps in the search results for Christian apps in general.

The Live Bold app offers daily devotions with the option to add comments and interact with other users, articles for Christian men categorized by topic, forums for sharing prayer requests, and options to search for local Bible studies. Paid subscribers receive access to more study tools and other enhanced features.

The Ocean Springs resident started Live Bold Ministries a decade ago as a blog where he spoke to Christian men about their unique struggles and called on them to deepen their faith in God.  

“Over time, that developed more into a relationship with the readers, and I started listening to what the readers were asking for,” Arnold said.

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Arnold continually adjusted the website format, the writing style and the ministry offerings to suit his readership. About two years ago, he noticed the website statistics showed a major shift from desktop to mobile, so he spent the next six months developing an application to transfer the ministry primarily to a mobile platform.

“I launched it quietly, and the traction became immediate,” Arnold said.

For Arnold, the numbers are fun to crunch, but they aren’t the measure of his success. Sure, he admits he hopes to see the app reach the coveted 100,000 downloads, but it’s much more gratifying for him to see men connecting with one another and growing in their faith.

 

“My lane, my call, has been to help a man get out of the ditch, stay on the track and make some positive gains in his life—through God and through Christ,” Arnold said.

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Android: https://loom.ly/etq4d_Y

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