Premier Rodeo Productions to host 17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo brings in Premier Rodeo Productions along with National Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association (N.C.P.R.A.), and Premier Bulls Tour. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the southeast will compete for over $10,000 in prize money. All event proceeds will go to benefit Auxiliary Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

On May 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm, the National Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association returns to the Conrad Mallette Arena for the, “17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo”. Events include Bareback, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Cowgirls Breakaway Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.

When the action gets too intense, legendary entertainer; Rudy Burns, will be providing the laughter, and kids activities. “We are excited to come back for Southeast Mississippi’s Greatest Rodeo. We have added the Rawhide & Dusty Show to this year’s lineup and the fans in attendance also have a free chance to win a $70,000 sweepstakes to a Dodge Ram of their choice. “Last year’s rodeo was great, but the 17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo will be even better”, says Premier Rodeo Productions president, Steven Campbell.

Jackson County native; Dylan Emerson, looks forward to competing at what is considered to be a hometown event. Emerson had a stellar year riding bulls in 2017. The 24-year-old from Hurley, MS reigning bull riding champion of the N.C.P.R.A. “It’s not every day that you get to do what you love in front of the ones that love. I am looking forward to competing both nights, and hopefully winning this rodeo with my hometown advantage.

This will be the seventeenth year for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to host the Rodeo that we all have come to love and enjoy. Over the past year the money raised from the Rodeo assisted the Auxiliary Division in training, equipment, uniforms, bereavement purposes and other special needs that have risen in the county. The Auxiliary Division has chronicled more than 20,000 hours of service to the citizens of Jackson County as well as augmenting the Patrol Division, increasing our Law Enforcement presence and expanding coverage across Jackson County.

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Bishop Kihneman Presents RCS with $500,000 for Debt Retirement

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Since first opening their doors in 1882, Resurrection Catholic School’s (RCS) mission has been to provide the youth of Jackson County with a nurturing and motivational atmosphere. One in which each student receives the opportunity to reach his full potential as a well-educated, caring, responsible Christian; one equipped to meet and overcome adversity in a challenging society.

Throughout its more than one hundred years, community service has been one of the basic building blocks RCS has utilized in helping to maintain and reach their primary goal. Today, the community decided to give back.

During an assembly at RCS, Bishop Louis Kihneman took center stage to make an announcement and present the school with a gift from members of the community. With all stakeholders, students, faculty and foundation members in attendance, the Bishop presented the school with a $500,000 check to assist in paying off some of the debt the school has accumulated since rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The money was donated by anonymous contributors in Jackson County.

“The bishop categorized debt as an anchor… we’re trying to help the school grow in all aspects, but then we’ve got this debt holding on to us, like an anchor pulling us down,” said RCS principal Noah Hamilton. Hamilton says once the debt is retired, it will free up cash flow to go back into the general fund and be used directly for educational purposes. “I say it’s time to cut this anchor. Let’s get it out of the way so we can get back to what are mission really is – preparing our students academically, spiritually and socially to take the next step of their lives.”

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Free Children’s Summer Feeding Program to begin June 7

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District has announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s free summer feeding locations for children and teenagers, 18 years old and younger.

Breakfast and lunch will be available June 7-June 28, Monday through Thursday, at Pascagoula High School and in Gautier, breakfast and lunch will be served at Gautier Elementary on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 7- July 26.

Breakfast will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon at both schools. Pascagoula High is located at 1716 Tucker Ave., Pascagoula, and Gautier Elementary is located at 505 Magnolia Tree Drive.

For more information, call 938-6525.

USDA is an equal-opportunity employer and provider.

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Blues at the Beach Continues This Friday

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The next Blues at the Beach show will be held on Friday, May 11, at Pascagoula Beach Park from 6 to 8 p.m. with local band Slick Radio performing. The show is free and open to the public.

This is the seventh year for Blues at the Beach programming and attendance has steadily increased each year. The monthly events held annually during the summer months are planned by Emerge Pascagoula as a way to help the local community kick off the weekend.

“It’s a free music event to bring locals of all ages out into the community as well as to showcase some of Pascagoula’s great outdoor venues,” said Landon McCarty, Emerge Pascagoula co-chair. “It’s a great transition on Fridays between work and a night on the town.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and can bring food, beverages, and spirits to the show. The events are family friendly.

This year’s summer schedule kicked off in April with the Truitt Williams Band. June’s show will feature Ric McNaughton from Mobile on June 8. On July 13, Black Water Brass will be playing, and Deuces Wild will play on Aug. 10.

Emerge was formed under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Pascagoula Area Council. Emerge exists to recruit, develop, connect, retain, and empower emerging leaders to improve the quality of life in Pascagoula by advancing the group’s interests into real changes that will make the city a better place to live, work, and play.

For more information on upcoming shows and locations, find Emerge Pascagoula on Facebook. You can also email emergepascagoula@gmail.com to get on the monthly newsletter list.

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Thousands of Dollars Given at the Explosion of Excellence

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This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence was held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus. Over $70,000 was given in scholarships to 187 graduating seniors from throughout Jackson County. This scholarship program each year honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science). This program was a huge success thanks to all of the contributors from the community, who support the future endeavors of these graduates, congratulate them and welcome them to return to the community when they finish their education.

This year’s contributors were the following:

AARP – Jackson County Chapter #1213 Allred Architectural Group, PA
Anonymous – In Memory of George Terral
Anonymous
Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina
Baber Strunk Enterprises, LLC
Bacot McCarty Foundation
Barbara Celarec – In Honor of Gretchen Duescher
Barbara Celarec – In Memory of Michael Celarec
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Bienville Animal Medical Center
Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists LLC
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service – In Memory of John R. Blossman
Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC
Chevron Products Company
Compton Engineering, Inc.
Community Bank
David & Susan McCormick
Dr. Bill Descher
Dr. Daniel Wittersheim
Dr. & Mrs. Eric Lucas
Dr. Charles & Amy Wilson
Duchess Club of Ocean Springs – In Honor of Duchess Club of Ocean Springs
Duchess Club of Ocean Springs
Duchess de Chaumont, DAR Chapter
East Central High School
Estabrook Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota Motor Company, Inc.
First Chemical Corporation
First Federal Savings & Loan
Fortnightly Club
Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
Gautier High School PTO
Geraldine Barnes – In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin & Ephraim & Shirley H. Barnes
Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Hayden & Sandy Dent
Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.
Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Town Lumber & Supply Company Inc.
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Delores Sumrall
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Jackson County Utility Authority
Jana Walmsley Memorial Scholarship Fund – In Memory of Jana Walmsley
Jerry & Joann St. Pé
Jerry Lee’s Grocery & Deli
Jim and Michele Blevins
Jo Anne Fontaine – In Memory of Doug L. Fontaine, Jr.
Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula – Moss Point
Keesler Federal Credit Union
L. L. Bond & Company, Inc.
Lee Tracy – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Lisa Cannon, Edward Jones
McDonald’s Descher Organization
Merchants and Marine Bank
Mike & Bettie Concannon – In Memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell
Mississippi Export Railroad
Mississippi Eye Associates
Mississippi Power Community Connections – Jackson County Chapter
Mr. & Mrs. A. Kelly Sessoms, III
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau
Ocean Springs High School Administration & Counselors – In Honor of Bobbie Jones
Omega Protein
Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association, LLC
Pascagoula-Gautier School District
Pecan Park Elementary PTO
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Robert McIlrath
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Steve Cruthirds
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Terry Monk
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament/Glenn Reeves State Farm Insurance
Propeller Club of the US – Port of Pascagoula
Pugh Associates, LLC – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Virginia Williams
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Louisa McWilliams
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Chester Blalock
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Jane Wade
Robert C. & Vivian K. Barr – In Memory of Wallace Barr, III & Pamela Wang
Robert H. and Betty R. Oswald
Rotary Club of Gautier
Rotary Club of Pascagoula
Santos Ventures, LLC
Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering – In Memory of Ben Pickett, Laverne Rasco, Merle Ivy & Marilyn Zuill
Singing River Electric Cooperative
Singing River Federal Credit Union
St. Martin High School
St. Paul United Methodist Church Moss Point
The First – A National Banking Association
The Peoples Bank
Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Thomas Pugh – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Mrs. Mildred Olson, Mother of Pat Descher
Tom & Mary Ashbaker – In Honor of Bill & Pat Descher, Gregg Descher Family & Jeff Descher Family
Walmart #1346 – Ocean Springs
Wells Fargo Foundation
Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point
Zonta Club of Pascagoula

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County. It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship for next year. These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished. The scholarships can be made in memory or in honor of someone, in the name of a company or individual or left anonymous. The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS 39568-0480.”

To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Takes on Childhood Obesity with New Program

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Healthy Weight and Your Child pilot program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Ocean Springs, MS, April  23, 2018 – This summer, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, a pilot program designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with the support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is one of 10 YMCA’s in the U.S. to run this pilot program.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. Today, one in six children are obese and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental health issues.

 

 

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA has a long history of advancing the health and well-being of children on the Gulf Coast, and helping children reach a healthy weight is important now more than ever,” said Jodi Ryder, Community Impact Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA.  “Healthy Weight and Your Child will help children experience improved health outcomes and higher self-esteem, and families will feel empowered to make and support healthier choices.”

The 25-session program engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. Additionally, the program combines three elements of healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change.

Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. Sessions are two hours in length, with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focusing on physical activity.

Children eligible for the program must be between the ages of seven and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, receive approval from their doctor or a health care provider, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

The YMCA will be holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in participating in Healthy Weight and Your Child at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA, 1810 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS, on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:00pm.

For more information including program qualifications and session times, contact Jodi Ryder at 228.875.5050 or jryder@mgcymca.org.

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1699 Weekend of Discovery: Celebrating Our Heritage

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Ocean Springs – In 1971, a group of dedicated citizens formed the 1699 Historical Society in order to preserve and celebrate the unique culture and history of Ocean Springs and the surrounding Gulf Coast.

Every spring, the Society stages a dramatic reenactment as the showcase of its annual “Weekend of Discovery.” The event brings to life the April 1699 story of Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville and his armada of ships sailing into Biloxi Bay. Commissioned by King Louis XIV to explore the shores of the upper Gulf of Mexico, he and his expedition crew first discovered Ship Island before stumbling upon a high, defendable bluff, known today as Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Stopher Haug, chairman of the event this year, believes it’s important to help the public realize the significance of the landing. “I think that the culture and the heritage and influence that the d’Iberville landing had on the Gulf South in 1699 is essentially equivalent to the Jamestown landing in the Northeast back in 1603,” said Stopher. “So we’ve worked hard to try to get that message out and bring the history to life.”

The weekend kicks off Friday night with the Mary C. House Party featuring the Mardi Gras Indian Collective from New Orleans. Admission to the event is free, but donation opportunities abound with a full bar, art auction, and a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. Festivities resume Saturday morning and include a 5K race, kids fun-run, paddleboard races, pet parade, a regatta at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and will wrap up with the 1699 d’Iberville reenactment. Haug says he hopes everyone goes back home having had a great time at the event, but also with a greater knowledge and appreciation for the significance of the 1699 landing. “One thing that we would like folks to be aware of is that we’ve partnered with the Vancleave Live Oak Choctaw, who descend from original native Americans that were here in 1699. We’ve been working with them to try and bring more authenticity and historical accuracy to the reenactment this year and to recognize their culture and contributions as well.”

Everyone is invited to join in this exciting time and become a part of this commemorative celebration!

Learn more by visiting www.1699landing.com

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Vote for Ocean Springs as US Today’s 10 Best Coastal Small Town

Ocean Springs, MS – Ocean Springs is up for another award, USA Today’s Best Coastal Small Town. As the only town in Mississippi up for the award, the community is encouraged to vote for Ocean Springs now through May 14.

With a population of fewer than 25,000 people, these towns nominated offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages. Move over Miami, Honolulu and Los Angeles, Ocean Springs is in the running.

“With its quaint, eclectic charm, we are delighted to have Ocean Springs nominated once again for this award,” says Executive Director Cynthia Sutton of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “Ocean Springs is a tourist favorite and, we encourage our entire coastal community and those throughout the state to promote Ocean Springs for this award.”

Vote for Ocean Springs once per day as Best Coastal Small Town until polls close on May 14 at noon, ET. Visit https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastalsmall-town/ to vote.

For more information, contact us at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 or visit us at www.oceanspringschamber.com.

Mission: To promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County area and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.

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Keynote Speaker Announced for Explosion of Excellence

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This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence will be held in May at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus.  This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kimberly Cox Rasmussen.  This scholarship program honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science).

Dr. Rasmussen is the Grants Bureau Director at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and has previously worked at The University of Southern Mississippi, The Bacot McCarty Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services Division.  Dr. Rasmussen holds a Bachelors in International Studies and a Masters in Criminal Justice, both from The University of Southern Mississippi.  She has also attended the Goethe Institut and Viennese Center for Middle Eastern Studies, both for German language study.  She holds a doctorate in International Law/Criminal Justice from the University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria), where she focused her dissertation on substance abuse treatment among the incarcerated population.

 

 

Dr. Rasmussen is active in her community where she serves on numerous boards and participates in many volunteer organizations.  She serves as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, Chair of the Gulf Coast Centurions Association and is a member of the Salute to the Military Dinner Planning Committee.  She is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County and previously served as a Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.  In addition to her professional and civic responsibilities, Dr. Rasmussen enjoys singing the National Anthem at various community events.  Dr. Rasmussen is a 2000 graduate of Gautier High School and a former Explosion of Excellence scholarship recipient.  She currently resides in Gautier with her husband, Ric, and their two daughters, Julep and Iris.

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County.  It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship.  These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished.  The scholarships can be made in memory or in honor of someone, in the name of a company or individual or left anonymous.  The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480.”

To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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