What Jackson County residents are grilling this holiday

PASCAGOULA—If you’re like many Americans, your Fourth of July plans include making the perfect grilled meal.
In fact, Independence Day is the most popular day of the year for grilling, when 63 percent of grill owners plan to plan to fire up their favorite outdoor cooking tool, according to a poll by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
With that in mind, JaxCoHome recently polled 50 people outside Jerry Lee’s and Wayne Lee’s grocery stores in Pascagoula to ask them what foods were going on their grills this Fourth of July.
Not surprisingly, nearly half of you are going with the no-fail, classic combo of hamburgers and hotdogs to feed a hungry crowd.
The next top answer was ribs, with one out of five of you tossing a slab on the grill this holiday. They’re messy but always delicious.
Another 16 percent of you are going to be grilling the perfect steak…and probably debating with your friends and family about the perfect doneness. (Rare? Medium? Well-done?). Meanwhile, 14 percent of you will be eating chicken and loving every bite of it.
A few of you mentioned other enviable, mouth-watering menus of Conecuh sausage, grilled shrimp, smoked pork and BBQ wings.
We also want to give a shout out to those of you who said your plans involve going to someone else’s house. You can always pick up a tasty side at your favorite local grocery store to bring to the party. We won’t tell anyone that you didn’t spend all day making that delicious potato salad.
However you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States and the people who defend those freedoms each and every day.   

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Singing River Health System has again been named #1 on the MS Gulf Coast for Overall Hospital and Surgical Care.

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Contact: Georgia Storey, 228-382-7045

July 5, 2018     

Sarah Duffey, 228-326-0824

 

 

 

Singing River Health System Ranked Best on MS Coast for Medical Excellence  

1st in Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care and Surgical Care

Pascagoula, MS –Singing River Health System has been recognized by an independent quality ratings firm as the Number One Provider on the MS Gulf Coast for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical and Surgical Care for 2018 based on key clinical performance measures.  

 

This distinction along with dozens of others was announced by CareChex®, an information service of Quantros, Inc.   CareChex is an innovative medical quality rating system designed to assist hospitals and health systems in improving the quality of inpatient care and promoting medical excellence to consumers, payers and employers across the US.   Unlike other publicly available quality ratings, CareChex provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, clinical outcomes and patient experiences.  

 

Besides the #1 ranking for Medical Excellence on the Gulf Coast, Singing River also garnered top rankings in the region for an additional 36 categories, including Overall Hospital Care, Surgical Care, Cancer Care, Major Cardiac Surgery, Heart Attack Treatment and others.   The system was also named #1 in Mississippi for Patient Safety in Interventional Coronary and Neurological Careand among the top ten percent nationally for Patient Safety in Overall Medical Care.   A complete list of the system’s awards are available on their website athttps://www.singingriverhealthsystem.com/featured/number-one-quality-awards-2018/ .

 

“This is a testament to the compassion, skill and commitment that our team of caregivers delivers” said Lee Bond, Chief Executive Officer for Singing River Health System.  “CareChex provides the most statistically accurate quality ratings available in the industry, using publicly reported data to look at all aspects of care.   It is an important quality of life measure for all who live and work here on the coast.”  

 

Andy Weissberg, SVP Marketing Communications at Quantros noted, “Singing River Health System has demonstrated its ability to provide high quality care to the community it serves.  To receive this many awards for medical excellence and patient safety is an outstanding accomplishment for both the physicians and hospital staff.  We congratulate them on their commitment to delivering high quality, patient‐centered care.”

 

Additional information about the ratings and those of other providers across the nation can be found online at www.CareChex.com

Singing River Health System is pleased to announce some of its latest clinical achievements.  Recently, SRHS was awarded the American Stroke Association’s “Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award,” and now it has received another set of quality awards for outstanding healthcare.

The full list of awards received may be found below.

 

#1 on the MS Gulf Coast for:

Overall Hospital Care

Overall Surgical Care

Cancer Care

Major Cardiac Surgery

General Surgery

Heart Attack Treatment

Spinal Surgery and Hip Fracture Repair

 

# 1 in Mississippi for:

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

Neurological Patient Safety

Vascular Surgery Patient Safety

Top 10% in the US for:

Overall Medical Care Patient Safety

Cancer Care Patient Safety

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

COPD Medical Excellence

 

 

Singing River Health System strives to provide the community with top-notch healthcare and are here to serve you. For more information on these achievements, call 228-382-7045.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ocean Springs named “Coolest Small Town in America”

Ocean-Springs-MS-The-Shed-by-Fred-Salinas Ocean Springs named “Coolest Small Town in America”

OCEAN SRINGS—Word is spreading across the nation that Ocean Springs is a small town full of big fun.

Locals already know that Ocean Springs is a destination for good food and good times, and now Budget Travel has named it one of its “10 Coolest Small Towns in America.”  The website’s annual competition highlights hidden gems of less than 20,000 people that offer quality cuisine, natural beauty, and unique cultural experiences without breaking the bank.
The article recognizes Ocean Springs—dubbed the “Gulf Coast foodie magnet” —primarily for its variety of eateries that dish up everything from seafood to barbeque to artisan cheeses, but the town also earns kudos from the publication for its night life, convenient access to the Gulf waters, and eclectic art scene.

As Robert Firpo-Cappiello, the site’s editor in chief, wrote, “When you’re not chilling on the beach or paddling on the Gulf and its inlets, Ocean Springs will feed you well,”
Other notable towns joining Ocean Springs on the publication’s 13th annual list include Gatlinburg, TN, Jackson Hole, WY, and Sonoma, CA.

“To be showcased with towns in California, Tennessee and others, it is a real honor for us,” said Cynthia Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau. “Ocean Springs is a unique town whose character from the art, night life, nature and people make it a top place to eat, shop and stay.”

Ocean Springs is no stranger to national recognition. In 2017, travel and arts website Culture Trip named Ocean Springs the Most Beautiful City in Mississippi, and in 2016, it made the Smithsonian’s list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit.”
To read the full Budget Travel article, visit https://www.budgettravel.com/video/coolest-small-towns-america.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awards 100 Scholarships Through Annual Scholarship Fund

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the HII Scholarship Fund, now in its third year, has awarded 100 pre-kindergarten and post-secondary scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. To date, nearly 400 scholarships have been awarded or renewed for a total of more than $1 million, providing educational opportunities to 271 children of employees across the HII enterprise.

The HII Scholarship Fund was formed to provide financial assistance to qualified and selected dependent children of HII employees who are pursuing a post-secondary college or technical/vocation degree and dependent children who are enrolled in quality pre-kindergarten school readiness programs. HII was able to award its annual goal of 100 scholarships due to HII president and CEO Mike Petters declining his annual salary, but for $1, to fund program for the third year in a row.

“Three years after its creation, we now have HII Scholarship Fund recipients who are entering the workforce equipped with important skills to help ensure their success,” Petters said. “Not only that, but we’ve also focused on early childhood education for 132 preschoolers because we believe this is where the true love of learning begins. The HII Scholarship Fund has created an opportunity for our employees and their families to have access to the academic resources necessary to flourish in the workforce.”

Individual award amounts range from $1,500 for selected students enrolled in a two-year college program to $3,000 for selected students enrolled in a four-year program; the post-secondary awards are renewable for recipients who remain in good academic standing. The fund also awards scholarships of up to $3,000 for pre-school education costs.

As part of HII’s commitment to workforce development, efforts to invest in the future generations of workers through education, from pre-K through college, is a top priority. HII supports numerous workforce development efforts, including investment in STEM education programs; partnerships with local high schools, community colleges and technical schools to develop trade-based curriculum; summer internships for both students and teachers, and industry-leading apprentice schools at the company’s two shipyards.

Of the scholarships awarded, 30 were granted to post-secondary students in four-year education programs, 20 were granted to post-secondary students in two-year technical/vocation programs, and 50 were granted to students in scholarships for early childhood school-readiness programs. The parents of the scholarship awardees work across the HII enterprise.

Children of all HII employees are eligible to apply for the scholarship fund, with the exception of children of senior executives and those employees who have been with the company for less than two years. Guidelines and applications for the 2019 program will be available in early 2019.

The HII Scholarship Fund is administered through Scholarship America. The selection process for awards is independent of HII and based on both academic scholarship and financial need. No employee or officer of HII plays a part in the selection process.

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Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

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As we prepare for the Fourth of July holiday, those who will be boating are encouraged to exercise extra special caution to protect those in their boats and in others.

According to Kell Robbins, manager at Furlan’s Marine in Gautier, Fourth of July is one of the holidays where they see the most damaged boats come into their shop for repair. He said, this time of year, people can get hurt, or worse, in boating related accidents – people fall out of boats or the driver hits something that then throws passengers from the boat.

When it comes to enjoying the boating holiday in a safe manner, Robbins gave a few safety tips that are important to keep in mind for new and experienced boaters alike.

The main tip is to make sure you have safety gear on your boat in case an emergency does arise. This includes proper life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, and a good cell phone battery. It can be a good idea to inspect these from time to time and make sure everything works properly and is in good condition.

Robbins also encourages boaters to run their boats before the holiday weekend to make sure there is nothing wrong and that they are up to proper boating standards. One simple way to prevent damage is to make sure the drain plug on the boat is plugged in before it is launched.

Furlan’s Marine can also check your boat and safety gear if you’re unsure.

Robbins also said that it’s important to check the radar and keep an eye on storms because they can – and do – pop up quickly. He said that if you see a storm while on the island, it can be a good idea to wait it out and let the storm pass rather than trying to beat it back to shore in the boat.

Many boating accidents are alcohol related, and Robbins said each boat should have a sober driver to ensure that everyone gets home safely. There will be a lot of marine patrols about during the holiday checking boaters and enforcing the laws. Also, Mississippi requires that boaters born after June 30, 1980, must have a Boater Education Card.

To get your boat checked for any boating holiday or for repairs, contact Furlan’s Marine at 228-497-7444 or visit their website.

For more information on boating safety, visit the official website of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division.

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Bethesda Free Health Clinic in Jackson County Offers Completely Free Services to Those in Need

bethesda Bethesda Free Health Clinic in Jackson County Offers Completely Free Services to Those in Need

Bethesda Free Health Care Clinic is a non-profit organization that offers basic primary medical care, critical dental care, diabetes and hypertension lifestyle management, and breast cancer exams. The clinic is located at 6912 N. Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Days and hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 12:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. As we never know how many people will be requesting service on any given day, patients needing to be treated should be at the clinic at either 9:00 A.M. or 12:30 P.M. for the best opportunity to be seen. We do require that all patients bring any medications that they are currently taking and their next doctor appointment card showing the date and time.

Services are absolutely free of charge to patients of Bethesda. Since opening its doors in 2011, Bethesda Free Health Clinic has provided services to over 14,000 patients. Those seeking services are primarily the uninsured and under-insured of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All of our funding derives from members of the community, both in the form of monetary contributions and in services donated by medical, dental and support staff. We do not receive any state or federal government monies.

Those wishing to help Bethesda Free Health Clinic may do so in many ways. The clinic is always seeking monetary funding to cover operational costs. Volunteers on both the medical and administrative sides of the clinic are needed as well. We also accept donations of items such as paper towels, disinfectant spray cleaners and wipes, toilet paper, and office supplies and equipment. For a full list of all items needed at the clinic, or for further information on how members of the public can help, please call Bethesda Free Health Clinic at 228-818-9191.

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Honor the American Flag – History Lesson!

With the holiday of Memorial Day and the celebration of Flag Day in the rear view mirror of our Summer schedules, we are now looking forward to celebrating our country’s official birthday, July 4th!  If your family is like mine, we take pride in displaying our love for country, patriotism, and respect for those who have sacrificed for this country with a flag either on the front of our home or, for some, on a flag pole in their yard.  Many businesses also proudly display the symbol of our country that stands for freedom, liberty, and human rights.

 

There have been approximately 28 designs for the flag over the course of its history to bring us to the design that we have today.  The “union” section or blue rectangle of the flag contains the 50 stars that represent the 50 states.  The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies that sought out independence from Great Britain and are colored red and white alternatively.  White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. 

 

Now, many of you reading this will remember much of this information from your school days or a scouting program or even the military.  However, I was surprised to find that many people don’t know what to do with “Old Glory” when she becomes tattered, worn, and torn.   On June 22, 1942, the Flag Code became Public Law 77-623; chapter 435.  Little was changed from the original flag code but as of 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1st Amendment provides certain rights that make it unconstitutional to enforce the penalty for breaking the Flag Code.  Therefore, it has become mostly a respect and etiquette issue but one that certainly bears highlighting.  Below is a summary of the current Flag Code as taken from Wikipedia.org:

 

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. This is sometimes misreported as a tradition that comes from the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, where countries were asked to dip their flag to King Edward VII; American team flag bearer Ralph Rose did not follow this protocol, and teammate Martin Sheridan is often, though apocryphally, quoted as proclaiming that “this flag dips before no earthly king.”[2]
  • When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, the military and other organizations regularly conduct dignified flag-burning ceremonies. [3]
  • No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. [4]
  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it.
  • The flag should always be permitted to fall rarely. (An exception was made during the Apollo moon landings when the flag hung from a vertical pole designed with an extensible horizontal bar, allowing full display even in the absence of an atmosphere.) [5]
  • The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. [6]

So, as we reflect on our nations birthday, other recent patriotic holidays, and display our flags proudly, keep in mind the meanings within that Flag you fly.  And when Old Glory becomes worn, retire it in a proper manner by either having a flag retirement ceremony (a proper flag retirement ceremony), or you can drop the folded flag (how to fold the American Flag) off at a local VFW, American Legion, or Boy/Girl Scout troop,  where they will conduct routine Flag retirement ceremonies.  The American Legion at 1019 Market St, Pascagoula, has a receptacle just inside the Parsely St. foyer that you can drop off your worn flags.  Other locations in the area are:

  • Vfw Post 5699 Mark Seymour 612 VFW Road Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • American Legion Post 1992 Gautier-Vancleave 3824 Old Spanish Trl Gautier, MS 39553
  • Vfw Post 2132 Harold E Jones 3801 Old Spanish Trl Gautier, MS 39553
  • Vfw Post 3373 Elmer Joseph Grant 4724 Vega St Pascagoula, MS 39581
  • Vfw Post 10024 Arnett Garland Jennings Pascagoula, MS 39569

Happy Birthday America!

 

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Opening of New HII Family Vision Centers

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced that it has opened two HII Family Vision Centers for its employees and their families. The vision centers are an expansion of the services available at the HII Family Health Centers in Gautier and Newport News, Virginia.

“The addition of vision services to our health centers is another step toward ensuring the overall well-being of our workforce and their families,” Bill Ermatinger, HII’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, said. “We are committed to the belief that a healthy employee is an engaged employee, and this expansion highlights that commitment.”

The vision center in Mississippi opened on Tuesday, and the vision center in Virginia opened on May 1.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/file?fid=5b2be69d2cfac24fa71b0f35.

The new vision centers, operated by Vision Services Plan (VSP), offer comprehensive eye care with an optometrist and opticians on-staff. The centers also house retail sections, complete with adult and children’s eyeglasses, safety glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more.

Other vision center services include:

  • Adult and pediatric annual eye exams
  • Correction exams
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
  • Vision therapy
  • Lens prescriptions
  • Frame selection and fitting

The vision centers offer preventive and acute eye care to all HII employees and their dependents. In-network rates and discounts are available to employees enrolled in an HII or union vision plan. Employees are encouraged to contact their vision insurance provider for details and pricing.

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Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday

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Pascagoula-Paddle-Battle-2 Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday

Dip into one of the Mississippi’s Gulf Coast’s officially designated water trails and enjoy a uniquely adventurous perspective of the region’s abundant natural beauty and native wildlife with the Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday, June 23. Online registration closes Thursday, June 21. Last minute registrations will be allowed at the meet and greet event at Brady’s Steak and Seafood on Friday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The second annual Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle is a 12.5 mile race down the Pascagoula River for all types of human powered paddle craft. The race will begin at Little River Marina in Moss Point and end at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula. The paddle battle is for both competitive and leisure paddlers in the area as it is a race as well as a pleasure ride. “Paddle sports are extremely popular, especially where there are beautiful, accessible waterways like in Pascagoula,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, the city’s director of community relations. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place finishers in 17 categories. There are various categories for kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards. An awards ceremony will be held once all racers are off the course. “Paddling is a great way to get active and stay in shape but also allows you to slow down and take in all the natural beauty the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer,” Smith said. “We are becoming more widely known as a destination city for ecotourism. So, we are committed to providing sporting and recreational programming that accentuates the natural resources and beauty of our city while getting people outdoors and active.” The registration fee is $50 for American Canoe Association members and $55 for non-members. Register online at www.cityofpascagoula.com until close of business this Thursday. Kayak rentals are available through Nelson Outdoors and must be reserved in advance by contacting 228-769-6699. Shuttles from Lighthouse Park will be provided for race participants park. There are two pull out points along the course, and numerous safety boats will be on the water to assist in case of emergencies. The American Canoe Association is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling. They also provide support to help protect paddling environments and they sanction programming and events that promote paddle sport competition and recreation, and provide insurance for events such as this. This event was originally scheduled for April 14 but was rescheduled due to the weather.

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Business of the Week: Edd’s Drive-In

If you live in the Pascagoula-Moss Point area, you have likely enjoyed a meal (or 200) at Edd’s Drive-In. Since 1953, Edd’s has been serving up its famous chili cheeseburgers and handmade milkshakes to loyal patrons and newbies alike. The consistently good food and nostalgic atmosphere keeps people coming back for more.

The original location at 3834 Market Street has kept its retro vibe with the green-striped awning and neon ice cream cone signage. Customers place orders at the walk-up window and usually chat with one another while waiting for pickup.

In 2001, the Foster-Martin family purchased Edd’s and have maintained the quality that customers have come to expect for over 60 years. In 2012, a new location was opened at 19400 Highway 63 in Hurley offering the same menu favorites; plus a few new items, like chicken nuggets and catfish plates.

The next time you are in Pascagoula or Hurley, stop in at Edd’s Drive-In and enjoy a chili dog or chocolate malt.  You know you won’t be disappointed!

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