Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The city of Ocean Springs is celebrating its 125th birthday on Saturday with a community parade, cake and reception downtown. clcbtw Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with a lineup at 11 a.m. 

The city of Ocean Springs, spearheaded by alderman Rob Blackman and former alderman Chic Cody, will host the parade. The parade lineup will be at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., travel west along Government to Washington, turn south on Washington, and end at the Ocean Springs Community Center where cake and refreshments will be served. 

The parade will feature Mayor Shea Dobson, and a float with the Board of Alderman aboard. City departments will have floats and the parade will feature the Old Biloxi Marching Club and classic cars.

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OSSD Leaders Serve Breakfast for Bus Drivers

Members of the Ocean Springs School District Cabinet provided breakfast on August 24 for their bus drivers, other transportation department employees, and members of the OSSD Police  Department to say thanks for the job they do every day. 

“Our bus drivers hold this incredibly important responsibility of transporting every parent’s child to and from school each day,” says Brooks McKay, director of operations for OSSD. “Not everyone is cut out for this task, and we are thankful for our drivers who choose to do this every school day.” 

There are also other employees who work in the background of the district’s transportation department. One example is Jay Brown, who was recently hired as the head mechanic in the OSSD Operations Department. 

While transportation employees work to safely move students to and from school, members of the OSSD Police Department work daily to provide the safest possible learning environment for students, staff and teachers. 

“Members of our police department have to have a heart for students,” says Jesse Galloway, OSSD Police Department. “For us to perform our duties effectively, we have to really get to know and understand our students.” 

The Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Bonita Coleman, Ph.D., says an important aspect of leadership is helping those through service. “We could not accomplish all that we do as a district without the men and some in our transportation and police department,” said Coleman. “We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them by thanking them with a good breakfast.” 

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The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is lifting spirits of those affected by Hurricane Harvey with delicious BBQ cooked by The Shed. 

Coast volunteers are teaming up with The Shed to send their food and love to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The owner of The Shed, Brad Orrison, is a volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief. He’s been cooking up some pork and brisket to send to those affected by the storm. obr_lg_logo-300x242 The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is a national organizaiton composed of over 5,000 volunteers who either own a BBQ joint, work in BBQ, or even just love BBQ. These volunteers are all about cooking flavorful food in bulk to help those in need. The organization was started in May of 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

“We’ll cook bulk meals to feed entire churches, first responders, and even The Red Cross”, he said. “We’re expecting to collectively cook between 300,000-400,000 meals for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey”, stated Orrison. 

The relief fund currently has crews in Katy, Texas and Hammond, Louisiana on the ground ready to help feed. 

Orrison plans to offer more than just bbq to the people affected by Harvey. The Shed is now accepting large bulk items for donations to the organization and relief efforts. They will be accepting these items for the next 2 weeks. 

When asked how the people of Jackson County can help, Orrison suggested people donate $20 online to the Operation BBQ Relief website or by donating bulk canned items to The Shed. 

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Ocean Springs Receives $30,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant

Ocean Springs has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

The projects selected include a variety of innovative play space enhancements, sport field/court enhancements, trail and walking path enhancements, and mobile play spaces, which include flexible play equipment and activities that can be moved and put to use in different locations. All of the projects focus on inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families.

The city of Ocean Springs is partnering with Disability Connection on this project and will use the $30,000 grant to provide four fully accessible play structures in the Little Children’s Park. These structures provide opportunities for physical and sensory activity to children and adults of all physical abilities. 

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide new activities that support healthy lifestyles in local communities.” 

The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks. 

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/disney

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Songs and Stories Radio Show

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and The Feder Federation present Songs and Stories Radio Show.

The show will be held tonight, August 17 ,at the Mary C. from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There is a free admission, so bring your friends and family members for a fun night out. 

This month’s performer is Matt Hoggart. Matt Hoggatt is a Mississippi Gulf Coast resident who caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett in 2012 leading to a record deal on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.  Matt is a full time law enforcement officer, but he also tours nationally as a performing artist and radio DJ on Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM. Matt refers to his blend of music as “Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap, mainstream-music-protest-songs.” You can find out more about Matt Hoggatt at www.matthoggatt.com

Donations will also be accepted for the event. 

For more information, you may contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website: themaryc.org

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St. John Offers Free Weekly Choir Program for Children

St. John’s Episcopal Church announces the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) fall choir program for children will begin on Tuesday, August 15. All young people in the community, kindergarten through middle school, are invited to participate. “All children- no matter their church affiliation- are welcome”, said by Cynthia Ramseur, Choirmaster.

The choir schedule is as follows:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade- meet at 3 p.m. for a welcoming snack followed by singing and movement until 3:45 p.m. 
  • Third thru 6th graders- meet at 4 p.m. to begin music theory; then rehearse with middle school group until 5 p.m. 
  • 7th Grade & up (with other choristers as assigned)- meet at 5 p.m. to rehearse with first group; then continue their music theory and rehearsal until 5:30 p.m. 

Choristers are expected to attend instruction once weekly and participate in the 9 a.m. worship service once every 4-6 weeks. There are no requirements or fees for membership other than attendance and a desire to sing. 

For more information, contact Cynthia Ramseur at (228)-282-5000.

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New Phone Repair Business in Ocean Springs Walmart

iFix and Repair is a smartphone, tablet, PC and laptop repair center. The franchised business is located in the Ocean Springs Walmart and can help repair your cracked Apple iPhone or Samsung screens. They also specialize in servicing screen replacement, speaker repair, and much more on cellphones, tablets, and laptops. 

“In most cases, we offer same-day repair and can be ready in less than an hour”, says location manager Eddie DeLeon. So if you find yourself with a cracked screen and need to do some grocery shopping, you are able to shop while your device is being repaired. All repairs are done in the store and come with a 60 day guarantee. 

If you need some gear for your newly fixed phone, iFix and Repair also stocks all the accessories  you need like chargers, cases, and more.

The Ocean Springs Walmart location is open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat : 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sun : 12:00PM-06:00 PM. 

For more information, you can call at (228) 285-7623 or visit their website https://ifixandrepair.com/connect/ocean-springs-walmart 

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Ocean Springs Community Pep Rally

The Ocean Springs School District will be hosting their Annual Back to School Pep Rally Thursday, Aug 10 at 5 pm.

The pep rally will be held at the Greyhound Stadium and is open to the public for a family-fun night of Greyhound Pride. 

There will be food, drinks, face painting, water slide, dunk tank, bounce house, snow cones and prizes to this free event. The rally is sponsored by Bienville Animal Medical Center, Bay Pest Control, Garden Park Medical Center, Hendren Law Firm, Henze Enterprises, Mississippi National Guard, Mustang Alley Body Works, Pilger Title Co. and Team Waste. 

You will also be able to meet the cheerleaders, dance team, football team, and the Blue Grey Pride Band. 

Be sure to come out to paint the town Blue & Grey as Ocean Springs School District prepares for a wonderful school year!

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Greyhounds Give Helping Hand to Hungry

Over 200 Ocean Springs High School students volunteered to pack over 44,000 meals last week at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi. 

The meals were packed during the Southern Legislative Conference in support of the Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger. The campaign against hunger is spearheaded by Tennessee Senate Majority leader Mark Norris and the Southern Legislative Conference. The meals were sent to the Mississippi Food Network to feed those who go hungry within the state. 

Attendees at the conference helped pack meals between 10 and 11:30 a.m., but the student volunteers arrived earlier at 8:45 to get a jump start on helping with the job. Students were encouraged to wear their class shirts and football uniforms to spark Greyhound school spirit.

Ocean Springs School District athletic director, Mark Hubbard, and his coaches recruited over 150 student athletes to work alongside student club representatives and parents. 

The Greyhound Nation volunteers were honored to donate their time and efforts to service those in need. 

 

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Paddleboard Kayak Race for The Cure Starts Now Foundation

The 3rd Annual Face Off at the Fort SUP Race will be held at the historical landmark, Fort Maurepas Park, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on August 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM. The race is being hosted by Ocean Springs’ own paddleboard store, Paddles Up. The event will start at 9 am. and is rain or shine. 

Registration is $40, and if you haven’t already signed up, then you may do so from 7:30-8:30 AM. 

The race divisions are as follows:

1 Mile Rec (men, women)
3 Mile (Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle, Men’s 12’6″, Women’s 12’6″)
6 mile (men’s surfstlye, women’s surfstyle, men’s 12’6″, women’s 12’6″, men’s 14′, women’s 14′)

All of the proceeds from the race will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation. The Cure Starts Now Foundation fights for the cure for children with DIPG, brainstem glioma and cancer survivors everywhere. This year’s race will be dedicated to Sophia Myers, recently diagnosed with DIPG. 

There will also be raffles and giveaways, including gift certificates from local shops and businesses, a fishing trip with American Spirit and a three day getaway to Destin, Florida.

For more information about the race, please contact Paddles Up at (228)-334-5574. 

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