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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Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out

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Join chef Cheri Hiers for a magical movie themed night-Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out. The event will be held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Guests will be able to select from a variety of Hocus Pocus themed menu items including: Blinx’s Olive Tapenade on Fresh Bread, Sanderson Sisters’ Brat Sausage, Circle of Salt Crusted Potatoes, Purple Cauldron Cabbage, and Billy Butcherson’s Eyeballs & Zombie Finger Cookies. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers and includes two beverages. 

For more information, contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website .

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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 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 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:


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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

 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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Solomon Temple Wins Gumbo Cook-Off

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Solomon Temple AME Zion Church has won the first annual JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off. The church was awarded the ‘Golden Ladle’ trophy in front of the entire fairgrounds. The competition was judged by Alan Sudduth of Chevron, Cedric Sargent, owner of Mississippi Sound Seafood, and Chelsea Gee with Ad.In Advertising.

The judging criteria was based on taste, presentation and consistency. “Solomon Temple had 5/5 rankings for each category. Their gumbo had a slight kick to it, but wasn’t too spicy. It was presented in a tasteful fashion and the consistency was perfect”, says Alan Sudduth. 

It was not an easy competition to judge and several other churches came close to also taking home the prized golden ladle. Safe Harbor UMC placed 2nd and Morning Star Baptist Church followed in 3rd place. However, Safe Harbor UMC took home the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the public’s favorite gumbo. 

“We hope everyone had a great time and the churches enjoyed a little friendly competition”, says Jamey Foster,-MC of the event. “JaxCoHome is already excited for next year’s event and we hope that everyone will bring their best gumbo to win back the golden ladle for their church”, says Foster.  

JaxCoHome would like to thank everyone who came out to watch and the churches for allowing us to have fun with this. 

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Gautier’s Mullet Festival Hopes to Draw Crowds and Offer Family Fun

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Gautier is gearing up for a day of fun and entertainment at its 27th Mullet and Music Festival, presented by Waste Pro, Mitchell Distributing, City of Gautier and Jackson County.  With events beginning at 9 a.m., the day features two music stages with all day performances including artists Kristian Cowart, the Highway Sisters, Amanda Jones Band, Deuces Wild and country music legend Ronnie McDowell. 

McDowell, who highlighted the festival two years ago, will return to the stage and perform from 7-9 p.m. followed by a fireworks show.“He brought a big crowd then, and we hope he will draw another great crowd this year,” said Jan McQuillen, chair of the festival.

Over 100 craft and food vendors will be on site to sell their wares and delectable treats. “We’ve had some returning vendors and have new vendors from all over,” adds McQuillen.

Also available on Saturday will be the official festival print from artist Willie Dees. Dees print, “The Magic of the Mullet Festival,” was selected as the winner for this year’s Mullet Festival art competition.

Car enthusiasts can take part in the Car and Truck Show from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   On site registration is available for the classic car show, and cash awards will be given to the crowd’s favorite.

Children are included in this year’s event and can enjoy the day at the Kids Zone, an area especially for them. The Kids Zone includes includes bounce houses, McDonald’s Play and Learn Zone, bubble balls and concludes with a glow stick disco party from 7-9 p.m.

You can even bring your pets to the Bicentennial Pet Parade from 1-2 p.m. Pet owners are encouraged to dress their pets in bicentennial attire, and prizes will be given for best costumes

“This is Gautier’s biggest festival, and we are hoping to draw a crowd to our city and bring our community together for a day of fun,” said McQuillen. “In year’s past, we’ve had 10,000-15,000 people at the festival, and we are hoping for good weather and a good crowd”

For more information on the festival, contact McQuillen at 228-215-0828 or check out their Facebook page,

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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 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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October Means Family Fun at MGCCC Campuses

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October is a busy month at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Football games, tailgate cookouts and Homecoming (Saturday, October 28, at the Perkinston Campus) are only a few of the activities taking place on campus. Students, employees and the public are invited to attend the wide variety of fun events taking place during the month.

  • The Jackson County Campus in Gautier will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on October 30, 6-8 p.m. The event will include children’s games and activities, a children’s costume contest, arts, and face painting. The event is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Brandi Martino at 228.497.7680 or
  • The Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport will host a Fall Festival and Haunted House on October 30, 5-8 p.m. Other activities during the festival will include a Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m., a hayride, outdoor movie, face painting and more. The event is free and open to the public.  The haunted house is free with an MGCCC ID or $3 for general public. For more information about the event, contact Rachelle Vecchio at
  • The Perkinston Campus will host a Haunted House Fundraiser October 29-31, 8-11:30 p.m. each day. The Haunted House will be at the George Sekul Field House.   The campus will also host the annual MGCCC Zombie Run 5K Chase Race on October 30, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Residence Hall Honorary.  For more information, visit or the MGCCCZombieRun Facebook page.
  • MGCCC Homecoming activities begin on Thursday, October 26, with the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. On Friday, October 27, the Clem Dellenger Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Hickory Hill Country Club in Gautier.  A reunion event will be held for the 1967 and 2007 football teams and cheerleaders and Phi Theta Kappa (all years and chapters) at 6 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino pool deck.  On Saturday, October 28, a cookout and pep rally will be held at noon by the Bell Tower on the Perkinston Campus.  The football game against Jones County Junior College will begin at 3:30 p.m. at A.L May Memorial Stadium.  For information about tickets and other scheduled events during Homecoming week, visit
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McDonald Elected President of Jackson County Bar Association

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Pascagoula attorney April McDonald was recently elected President of the Jackson County Bar Association. McDonald is an attorney with Heidelberg, Steinberger, P.A., which has offices in both Pascagoula and Jackson.

“I’m honored to serve my peers in this leadership role,” said McDonald. “We have an outstanding group of attorneys who strive to help our clients and companies throughout Jackson County, and I look forward to working with each of them.”

McDonald previously served the Jackson County Bar Association as Vice President and Secretary. She received her juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University. She is native of George County and is member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  

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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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