Moss Point Church Aims to Create Healthier Community

It’s no surprise that the people of Mississippi face issues with obesity and their health. In fact, Mississippi has the second highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released August 2017.

But one church in Moss Point is hoping to change that and get the people of Jackson County to make better choices for their health and spirituality. 

Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church has created a 13 week program, in coordination with Health Ministries, to hold a series of seminars focused on a variety of topics to help the people of Jackson County achieve their best physical and mental state. 

The program started on Sunday, September 17 and is available to the community free of charge.

“We want to share with residents the importance of making healthy decisions. And by educating and giving out the correct information will lead to people thinking critically about the choices they make”, says Pastor David Jones. 

The church plans to feature classes for a variety of topics concerning health and being properly informed about it. The schedule for these classes are as follows:

Monday’s: Cooking classes at 5:30

Wednesday’s: Covering subjects, such as friendship and cancer

Friday’s: Discussing topics, such as obesity and healthy exercising

For Pastor Jones, working together will help the more than 100 people in the program spread the word of healthy living to the rest of the community.

“Here in Moss Point, we’re a family, a community, and we are here to help one another and to educate people where they can live longer,” Jones said.

For more information on how to attend programs at the church, you can call 228-460-5355 or visit their website at ebenezer36.adventistchurchconnect.org.

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Moss Point Named ‘Healthiest City in the State of Mississippi’

Last week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation named the city of Moss Point “Mississippi’s Healthiest Hometowns”. Runner-ups were Meridian, Hernando, and Mantachie. They were awarded $25,000.

The city of Moss Point will be awarded $50,000 to use on one of its initiatives. Use of the funds is to be determined in consultation with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Healthy Hometown Committee, the Mayor, and the Board of AldermenThe Healthy Hometown Committee will be meeting Thursday of next week to discuss specific plans. 

The Healthy Hometown Awards Program was established in 2010 to encourage healthy lifestyles at the community level, while providing financial incentives to the cities and towns that have demonstrated the most progress. Healthy Hometown winning municipalities are chosen based on select criteria.

Healthy Hometown applications are evaluated by a panel of distinguished health and wellness champions from Mississippi and around the country.

The City submitted an application form on March 30, 2017.  The form included information about the work being done by Moss Point’s Healthy Hometown Committee and City departments to promote healthy living.  

For example, in 2016, the City amended its smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  The Parks Department maintains several fitness zones and walking tracks, and hosts outdoor events throughout the year.  The Community Development Department sponsored a health fair and the Fire Department raised funds to support breast cancer research.  

When asked how Moss Point plans to remain healthy, City Grant Writer, Felicia Yearwood, stated, “The Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and Healthy Hometown Committee are committed to encouraging healthier living by providing opportunities for exercise, information on healthy eating, and promotion of smoking cessation.”

The city of Moss Point hopes to encourage other cities to become healthier by enforcing rules and regulations that promote the city’s well-being. “The City of Moss Point is proud to serve as an example of resident engagement in furtherance of community health through public policy and programming that encourage healthier living”, says Yearwood. 

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Moss Point: Meet your new Mayor Mario King

Moss Point, meet your new mayor Mario King

Mayor King is the youngest mayor in Moss Point history. His roots with the city extend beyond his political affiliations, as King has been a long-time resident of Moss Point, while also going to school in the area. King and his wife are both graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi. King is also involved in the Human Capital Development Program with the university. The Mayor’s ‘Eagle Pride’ is evident with the memorabilia in his office.  Mayor King also has two young daughters who enjoy swimming and playing in the local waters.

Mayor King’s passion for the city’s riverfronts has inspired him to make Moss Point the “waterfront venue for the coast” as part of his goal over the next four years. King says he envisions Moss Point as “the place to kayak, take boat tours, enjoy the riverfront and water as a tourist attraction.” He plans to feature Moss Point a nature-like attraction for the community where people of all ages can call home.

Although Mayor King has only been in office a short time, he is already moving fast and moving forward with new plans for advancing in economic development. Since taking his reign in office, King has already sold two empty buildings in the area to bring in new, local and successful businesses. He’s currently visiting small businesses in Moss Point once a week to show them he’s involved and on their side. “We want to grant opportunities that come available for small businesses- we want to be able to utilize resources and be in touch with the community”, says King.

King also envisions attracting companies in the paper mill industry that will not only bring revenue to the community, but also create new jobs for Jackson County citizens.

The Mayor also plans to host the first meeting between mayors of Jackson County to partner with to “bridge the gap to be better”.

Mayor King stated that he is here to rejuvenate Moss Point and is solely focusing on working with the community to move forward. “Believe in Moss Point and watch us grow”, says King. He plans on promoting the community by announcing the niche he feels Moss Point has by August.

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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.

 

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Overflow 2017

Join the Magnolia Springs Assembly of God in Moss Point for this year’s Overflow event starting Sunday, July 23. 

This is a five day event with many guest speakers such as Bob Wilburn, Tommy Moore, Shane Warren & Choco De Jesus. Parents can be present at a powerful worship nightly while their kids enjoy the Kids’ Crusade. 

Check out the Overflow schedule below and come experience the power of God. 

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Moss Point: Meet your new Mayor Mario King

Moss Point, meet your new mayor Mario King

Mayor King is the youngest mayor in Moss Point history. His roots with the city extend beyond his political affiliations, as King has been a long-time resident of Moss Point, while also going to school in the area. King and his wife are both graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi. King is also involved in the Human Capital Development Program with the university. The Mayor’s ‘Eagle Pride’ is evident with the memorabilia in his office.  Mayor King also has two young daughters who enjoy swimming and playing in the local waters.

Mayor King’s passion for the city’s riverfronts has inspired him to make Moss Point the “waterfront venue for the coast” as part of his goal over the next four years. King says he envisions Moss Point as “the place to kayak, take boat tours, enjoy the riverfront and water as a tourist attraction.” He plans to feature Moss Point a nature-like attraction for the community where people of all ages can call home.

Although Mayor King has only been in office a short time, he is already moving fast and moving forward with new plans for advancing in economic development. Since taking his reign in office, King has already sold two empty buildings in the area to bring in new, local and successful businesses. He’s currently visiting small businesses in Moss Point once a week to show them he’s involved and on their side. “We want to grant opportunities that come available for small businesses- we want to be able to utilize resources and be in touch with the community”, says King.

King also envisions attracting companies in the paper mill industry that will not only bring revenue to the community, but also create new jobs for Jackson County citizens.

The Mayor also plans to host the first meeting between mayors of Jackson County to partner with to “bridge the gap to be better”.

Mayor King stated that he is here to rejuvenate Moss Point and is solely focusing on working with the community to move forward. “Believe in Moss Point and watch us grow”, says King. He plans on promoting the community by announcing the niche he feels Moss Point has by August.

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District Registration for 2017-18 School Year is Thursday and Friday, July 20-21

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will hold district-wide registration 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 20, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, July 21, for all returning and new students to the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. Mandatory residency and online registration verification at each school campus will also take place during these registration dates.
All 5th-6th grade academy, middle and high school students may register at their respective schools. All returning kindergarten through fourth grade students may also register at their respective schools if residency has not changed since the previous school year.
All new students to the district, kindergarten through 4th grade only, or any returning students who have changed residency during the summer must register at the Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s central office located at 1006 Communy Ave., Pascagoula.
Parents should bring their photo identification, the student’s birth certificate and social security number to registration as well as two proofs of residency. Proofs of residency must be: driver’s license, automobile registration, complete lease for all apartment/Section 8 housing listing the parent’s name, or utility bills dated in the last 30 days. If new to the district, parents must also bring identification, a withdrawal form from the last school attended and a Mississippi Immunization Form (121 Form). All living-with forms must be accompanied by the person whom the family is living with, photo identification and one proof of residency. Guardians must present court documents before registration.
For more information on registration, call the Department of Student Services at 228-938-6500.

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Boys & Girls Club “Steak & Steak” dinner a success

Boys & Girls club hosted a Steak and Steak dinner in Moss Point, which served as a fundraiser and their 25th year anniversary celebration in Jackson County. In attendance were Boys & Girls club alumni from the early 90’s and 2000’s, and guest speaker former NFL star, Andre Reed. The event was to raise funds for club operations and expenses in the coming fiscal year. The Boys & Girls club presented an award to the Jackson County Civic Action in Moss Point, for their 25 years of support to the organization. Additional awards were given to staff, children, and various individuals who have been instrumental in the operation, support, and success of the Boys & Girls Club.

The Boys & Girls club provides after school programs, and summer programs in June and July. The Boys & Girls club provides games, computer labs, activities, community projects and much more for the children who attend.

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Black History Awareness Celebration

BHAC-speaker-2 Black History Awareness Celebration
BHAC-speaker-2 Black History Awareness Celebration

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The Pascagoula Refinery Black Employee Network hosted its annual Black History Awareness Celebration on February 21.

The celebration featured local Moss Point historian, Franzetta Sanders, and Chevron’s Fredrick Walker (Americas Regional Manager – Manufacturing and Supply). Both speakers addressed education from their perspectives. Sanders described her instrumental role in desegregating Moss Point’s school system. Walker discussed how race and education influenced his career and offered insight on how to approach the education of current youth.

The celebration also honored three scholarship winners from Moss Point High School who were selected based on their demonstration of leadership, ability to forge positive relationships with others and academic achievement.

This year’s celebration included a new interactive activity, The Hidden Figures Game. This activity was designed to highlight the contributions of various employees at the Pascagoula Refinery – our “Hidden Figures.” Similar to the characters in the feature film, these Chevron employees likely encountered different barriers throughout their careers, and their accomplishments may have otherwise gone unrecognized. The Hidden Figures Game was a fun way to showcase these accomplishments and to show all employees the benefits the Pascagoula refinery has received from employing a diverse group.

Overall, the 2017 Pascagoula BHAC was a huge success. Thank you to the the BHAC planning committee, BEN Leadership team, and all the BHAC participants.

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River tour offers unique look at coast habitats

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A true gem of Jackson County is the Pascagoula River, one of the largest free-flowing rivers left in the nation. A habitat for so many different species of plants and animals, there is so much one could see while exploring the Pascagoula River. One Jackson County business that helps make that possible is McCoy’s River and Marsh Tours.

“We do eco-tours out of Pascagoula River Audubon Center,”said Capt. Benny McCoy. “We take birders out. We do help the Gulf Coast Research Lab do their research, but mostly we do eco-tours.”

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No two tours are the same. You never know when you are going to see with McCoy at the helm.

“Depending on the time of year, you can get your birds, different types of birds, your plants, maybe some history of the area,” McCoy said. “Mostly we see how marshes and swamps kind of intertwine with each other and what the purpose is of each one of them. These areas are very important for the seafood industry and things we like to eat because this is where a lot of it is grown and nurseries are formed. You just learn about the nature of the Gulf Coast.”

As part of his job, McCoy gets to take people from all walks of live through the Escatawpa and Pascagoula rivers and see how they react to the unique natural habitat.

“We get people from all over our country and overseas, and they say it’s one of their greatest memories here on the Gulf Coast,” he said. “It says a lot, not only about the tour, but also what we have on the Gulf Coast.”

“I was visiting friends in Ocean Springs and I looked up the tour,” said North Carolina resident Lou Kraus. “So far, this has been a real highlight for us. The captain is a good story teller and very informed. I’m very pleased and privileged to be here.”

Even after doing the tours for 17 years, McCoy sees no signs of slowing down because of what he gets out of doing the tours.

“I’ve been doing this for 17 years, and mostly what I get the thrill out of is meeting new people,” he said. “I get to meet a lot of great people throughout our country and all over the world. I get to learn their stories, and they get to see the beauty of the area. It pretty much sells itself because it’s amazing what is out there. Every season has something new out there, and they get to relax and get out on the water.”

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Ahead of National Get Outdoors Day on June 10, McCoy has one piece of advice for anyone who hasn’t been able to explore the river yet.

“Come on out and get on the water and see what we can find out here,” he said. “There are all kinds of critters you can see and look at. Come on out and enjoy the outdoors. Get out of the house and get some sun.”

For more information about McCoy’s River and Marsh Tours, visit their website.

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