TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak Race

12002811_10153626590164837_2931218287788795006_n TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak RaceThe Ocean Springs Yacht Club has donated not only their building, but also volunteers to support the Biloxi Yacht Club’s Ladies Auxilliary for their sixth annual Pink Paddle Kayak Race and Benefit, Saturday, July 29. The race starts from Ocean Springs Yacht Club and ends at the Biloxi Yacht Club.

The race is put on each year to raise money for Pink Heart Funds. The non-profit organization provides wigs for patients receiving cancer treatments and people who have other hair loss disorders. Pink Heart Funds was founded over ten years ago by JoAn Niceley. Niceley has battled cancer herself and noticed the need to improve issues people faced while receiving cancer treatments, especially young moms.

The pubic is invited to join the festivities at both Ocean Springs and Biloxi Yacht Club locations. Additionally, if you would like to sign up for the race, you may bring your own paddle board and something to propel with. Registration is $40 on-line at www.webscorer.com/register before the race or $50 if you register at the race. Registration ends at 9 a.m., so be sure to arrive early. The race is a rain or shine event, but is expected to bring in about 100 participants.

There will also be an after-party at the Biloxi Yacht Club, including a pool party, raffles, food and live music. Local businesses in Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Gulfport will be supplying gift cards and merchandise and prizes for the first and second place winners in several categories.

For more information, please contact Colby Cantrell at (251)-610-2267, Karen Byrd at (228)-806-5129 or by email at byc.pinkpaddle@gmail.com.

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Pascagoula Church Brings Jackson County Together

First United Methodist Church in Pascagoula has created a buzz this past year when they first began to rejuvenate the exterior part of their building. New landscaping led the church to winning the “Beautification Award” awarded by former mayor Jim Blevins. While the outer part of the church has drastically changed, the service inside is what has most people talking.

‘FUMC Pascagoula’ is hosting a free event & concert for the community called, “Underground Pascagoula.” The free event is to welcome the students of Jackson County and surrounding areas back to school with a free concert featuring Christian hip-hop artist and teaching pastor, KJ-52.

“The last time we did this event it went well. The youth pastors and churches in Pascagoula banded together to do what a lot of churches don’t do well, and that’s outreach,” event organizer Jamey Foster tells us. Foster also explains, “We haven’t done this event in a while. I am humbled and excited that our home church FUMC Pascagoula saw the vision and importance of hosting an event like this. Although FUMC Pascagoula is hosting it, it is for everyone. We are looking to our neighbors at Oasis, Centerpoint, Union Baptist, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Riverside Baptist, Ingalls Baptist, Lighthouse, and recently moved Arlington, and all other churches from Jackson County to come out and support a county wide vision. We have a lot of young people spread across the schools in this district that I know will have a great time.”

FUMC Pascagoula has partnered with a few local businesses to help put on the event, Pastor Eddie Kirby tells jaxcohome.com, “We are really excited to host a community outreach like this. A fun, positive event for the whole family that is sponsored by the church I believe is needed in Pascagoula. It would be great to see this grow with the help of the community. We are looking forward to having a great time.”

Underground Pascagoula will be held at the Aaron Jones Interactive center on Market Street in Pascagoula. The event is free to the public. There will be door prizes and a drawing for a XBOX ONE. For more details, please contact Jamey Foster jamey@fumcpascagoula.org.

 

 

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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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Refinery Offers Training for Volunteer Firefighters

More than 50 local volunteer firefighters from (17) different fire departments attended the free annual training event hosted by the Pascagoula Refinery Plant Protection Department in April.

Firefighters who attended were able to practice dowsing flames at several of the fire training ground’s props, including the tanker truck and pump props. They also honed their search and rescue skills by navigating the smokehouse, which simulates conditions in a house fire, and received hands-on training using the Jaws of Life for rescuing victims from vehicles. There was also a presentation put on by Blossman Gas on how to properly take care of propane tank leaks and fires. The firefighters also received training on the use of firefighting foam.

Several vendors supported the training event, including ABC Recycle, Emergency Equipment Professionals, ORR Safety, Blossman Gas, Sunbelt Fire, Akron Brass, and Forts Lake Fire Department.

Also, a special thanks goes to training organizer Teddy Riley, and all of the Plant Protection and Emergency Response Team members who assisted with the event.

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Senator Addresses Retirees At Luncheon

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The Singing River Chapter of the Chevron Retirees Association (CRA) welcomed Senator Roger Wicker as the keynote speaker at the June 1 meeting.

More than 80 people attended the luncheon at Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula. Sen. Wicker gave an overview of his work and priorities in Washington, including serving on the Armed Services Committee. He also took questions from the audience.

The Chevron Retirees Association holds a bi-monthly luncheon at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula. The Pascagoula Refinery will host a holiday dinner for retirees in the fourth quarter. Membership in the CRA is open to retirees of Chevron or one of its predecessor companies, or companies that have become part of Chevron. Dues are $3 per year. For more information, or to join, contact any of the CRA leaders:

Judi Lipscomb, president: attn.crasrc@gmail.com or 228-297-0993

Gary Stevens: stevensgdbs@cableone.net

Anne Williams: williamsamwtsw@bellsouth.net

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Blue-Grey Pride to Perform Free Show

The Ocean Springs’ Blue-Grey Pride Band will perform their 2nd Annual Preview Show on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM.

The high school band will be performing a free show to the public at the Greyhound Stadium. The performance will serve as a sneak peek of what is to come from Blue-Grey Pride in their upcoming season.

The Blue-Grey Pride Band just wrapped up their summer band camp last week, and has learned a new performance that will surely bring excitement to the crowd. The show will be approximately 30 minutes long and will be a preview of the big show they will be performing this season.

Head director, Dr. Schuman, “encourages everyone to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of OS Spirit”.

There will also be an opportunity to make donations to the band after the performance. Guests can locate Andrea Osman (OSHS Band Parent Association President) after the show.

So, plan to show your support on Thursday night for Blue-Grey Pride and yell “Go Greyhounds!”. 

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Ocean Springs 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Mississippi Municipal Service Company will be hosting their 7th annual Fun Run and Walk on Wednesday, July 26.

Individuals and Group participants from around Mississippi rise and shine early to get their juices flowing and start their day off with exercise. 

The race will start at 6:30 AM on the Ocean Springs side of the Biloxi Bridge. Participants may walk or run the bridge for $20.

The MMSC sponsors this event every year to raise money for the local Mississippi municipalities and its annual conference. The conference focuses on teaching programs that promote healthy municipalities.

If you haven’t already registered for the race, then you have until 2:00 PM today to do so. Participants can register at the Convention Center at booth # 1100. Your $20 registration fee includes: a bag, armband, keychain and t-shirt.

Parents may register children, so families are encouraged to come out and participate.

After the race is completed, various awards will be presented for top male and female runners. Additionally, the largest running group receives a plaque and a group photo.

The MMSC is expected to see a large crowd of over 100 participants. The event is rain or shine.

For more information: contact The Mississippi Municipal Service Company at 800-898-1032.

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Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.

18198980_1907950516149362_2709481092288564062_n-225x300 Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.The Jury Room, Deliberations and Libations, is taking on the nightlife crowd of downtown Pascagoula and intends to also make a developmental impact in the area.

It will be open after hours as a distinctive bar — unique to Pascagoula — offering more than 100 bourbons and whiskies, along with reasonably priced beer, wine, and craft beers, owners say. Additionally, the Jury Room will have competitively priced drinks and happy hour specials, but will also offer high-end liquors.

Owners Ramsay Taylor of Moss Point and Parker Pugh of Pascagoula both have experience in the industry. Taylor has three ‘Tay’s Barbeque’ stores based in Pascagoula and ‘Drinx Wine and Liquor Warehouse’ in D’Iberville. Pugh owns the Dairy Queen in Pascagoula, along with three other locations in Mobile.

The two owners plan to advocate for the revitalization of downtown Pascagoula with the new bar, in hopes that it will bring business to local shops and eateries.  “It will not only offer somewhere else where people can go after work or meet up for a sports game, but it will also help keep people here in Pascagoula to shop and dine at the nearby stores and restaurants”, says Pugh.

The Jury Room plans to offer some unique features in the former Fretz building. It will have a fenced-in outdoor patio, along with available leasing space. The owners took the building, put a wall up down the center and gutted the kitchen-making it three separate spaces for lease.  The former kitchen will be a small apartment, the east side will serve as The Jury Room, and the west side will be available for an office/retail location.

Owners state the building “had more potential than the other locations”. “Many folks, including us, want to see the downtown area thrive and offer something different and all in a central area. Our plan just happens to fit perfectly”, says Pugh.

The name and logo have yet to go up on the building, but The Jury Room’s Facebook page already has more than 500 likes.

Plan to spend your football game days and after business hours at The Jury Room, opening mid-to late August.

 

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New Veterans’ Blue Plate Special

Singing River Health System in partnership with Morrison Healthcare has announced a new Veterans’ Blue Plate Special to be served daily at the hospital cafeterias for a discounted rate of just $5 per meal.

The Veterans’ Special will be offered at lunch and dinner seven days a week, and is available with any valid military identification.

“We are honored to serve our veterans with great health care when they need it and also with great dining offerings prepared by our outstanding Morrison’s Chefs,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond. “It is our honor to invite veterans to be our guests.”

The cafeterias at both Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital are participating in the program, and open for lunch at 11:00 am and dinner at 4:00 pm.

For more information: contact Singing River Health System at (228)-818-1111

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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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