Pascagoula lawyer inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame

RayBrown Pascagoula lawyer inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame

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A Jackson County lawyer was honored on March 25 by being inducted into the University of Mississippi School of Law Alumni Hall of Fame.

Raymond Brown has been practicing law in Pascagoula since the 1960s after he graduated from Ole Miss and the University of Maryland in 1962. Upon graduation, Brown was able to serve as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark, a rare occurrence for graduates fresh out of law school.

“I believe my induction has to do with a number of things, including my clerkship, but also serving as president of the Mississippi Bar and other positions I’ve held in my professional career,” Brown said.

Brown’s time in law school was an unusual one. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 1958, Brown played professional football for the Baltimore Colts for three years as safety and punter helping lead the team to two NFL World Championships in 1958 and 1959. During his football career, Brown attended the University of Maryland in the fall semester and Ole Miss in the spring until 1962.

Brown’s other achievements include being inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, the Ole Miss Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2000, the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1988 and served as president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association from 1991-92.

“You spend your career in a profession trying to be professional, be ethical, treat people right, do the right and things, and then when something like this comes along, you think ‘Gee, I did it right,'” Brown added. “They gave me this honor based upon what I’ve done, so I must have done it right.”

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Jackson County holds annual Industrial Trade Show

JC-industrial-trade-show Jackson County holds annual Industrial Trade Show

Businesses in the industrial supply and manufacturing fields attended the 28th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show on Tuesday, March 21, at the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center in Pascagoula.

The Ribbon Cutting was held at 9 a.m. in the Fair Hall next to the Civic Center, with guest speaker Anthony L. Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO of Mississippi Power. The Chairwoman of this year’s event was Trudi Dixon of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.

Businesses each year are encouraged to allow employees working in procurement, management, engineering and other industrial fields to attend the event. Participants are also encouraged to invite their business network to attend this show—regionally, nationwide and worldwide.

The trade show provides the environment of face to face interaction where attendees learn about new and existing products and opportunities.

This year’s special guest speaker, Anthony L. Wilson, is president and CEO of Mississippi Power in addition to the role of the company’s Chairman as of Aug. 4, 2016. He started his career with the company in Biloxi in 1984, as an engineering cooperative education student and as a native of D’Iberville. Wilson attended Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in addition to a MBA from The University of Southern Mississippi and graduating from the Oxford University Advanced Management Program. 

There were many companies represented through indoor and outdoor booths, in addition to a Jackson County Industrial Trade Show Committee, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce staff and the following sponsors:

  • 2017 Gold Sponsors
    • Chancellor, Inc.
    • Chevron
    • Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
    • Ingalls Shipbuilding
    • Mississippi Power
    • Orion Engineering, Inc./Sirius Technical Services
    • Performance Contractors
  • 2017 Silver Sponsors
    • Brock Services, LLC
    • Cable ONE Business
    • Compton Engineering, Inc.
    • Floore Industrial Contractors, Inc.
    • IBEW Local Union 733
    • M & D Construction Company, Inc.
    • MobleySafway Solutions, LLC
    • Talon Electrical & Mechanical Group
    • Zachry Industrial
  • 2017 Reception Sponsor
    • Lokring Gulf Coast, LLC
  • Branding Sponsors
    • Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
    • Goodgames’, Incorporated
    • ISC Constructors, LLC
    • Mitchell Distributing
  • Media Partner
    • The Mississippi Press
  • Continental Breakfast
    • Navigator Credit Union
    • Wells Fargo Bank
  • In-Kind
    • ACE Party Rentals
    • E.&J. Gallo Winery
    • Jackson County Board of Supervisors
    • Jackson County Fair Board
    • Lenny’s of Ocean Springs
    • Mississippi Security Police, Inc.
    • Pugh’s Florist, Inc.
    • Turf Masters Lawn Care, Inc.

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  The next meeting will be held on May 17 at 8:00 a.m.

 

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JGRLS announces computer classes schedule

Libraries throughout Jackson and George counties will hold computer classes during the month of April.

  • East Central Public Library – 228-588-6263
    • April 10: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Gautier Public Library – 228-497-4531
    • April 24: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Ina Thompson Moss Point Library – 228-475-7462
    • April 13: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Lucedale-George County Library – 228-947-2123
    • April 18: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Ocean Sprngs Municipal Library – 228-875-1193
    • April 25: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Pascagoula Public Library – 228-769-3060
    • April 5: Intro to Windows 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • April 7: Intro to Windows 10, 1-3 p.m.
    • April 12: Intro to Excel, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • April 19: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
    • April 27: Intro to Word, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m./ Intro to Excel, 2-4 p.m.
  • St. Martin Public Library – 228-392-3250
    • April 6: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Vancleave Public Library – 228-826-5857
    • April 26: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.

Registration is open, but a minimum of three participants is required to hold each class. A valid JGRLS library card must be held by each participant.

Email any questions to kharvey@jgrls.org.

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MGCCC announces summer camps for Jackson Co. campus

Parents looking summer camps for their children have more options thanks to the Jackson County campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Outdoor Adventure Camp will be held through June 5-9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

The camp is for children ages 13-15, and all participants must be comfortable in and on the water, including being competent swimmers.

Activities will include kayaking, swimming, canoeing, hiking, nature walks and a ropes challenge course.

The Robotics Camp will hold two session for varying skill levels.

Those with basic robotics skills from ages 10-15 will have a session on June 19-23, and those with intermediate skills ages 12-17 will have a session June 26-30. Each session will be held  from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day

This interactive camp will include building robots and stomp rockets as well as a competition among the campers using their robotic creations.

The Chemistry Camp will offer two sessions, one from July 10-14 and the second from July 17-21. Both sessions will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

Campers ages 11-14 will be able to create slime, glue, plexiglass crystals and much more. They will compete in a quiz bowl style competition and experience a trip to First Chemical.

Campers interested in Learning to Swim will have three opportunities with three sessions from June 5-16, June 19-30 and July 1-21. Classes will be at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. for each session.

Children ages 3 to 12 will experience a fun and instructive course overseen by lifeguards and certified instructors. Classes will meet for 50 minutes each day and are limited to 30 students each.

Visit the website for details about prices and registration, or contact Terri Sasser at terri.sasser@mgccc.edu or at 228-497-7633.

 

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Downtown sees Ocean Springs art festival

Sunshine peaked through the leaves of the live oak trees along Washington Avenue as vendors lifted their tents and organized their merchandise. The spring wind blew the smell of kettle corn and sounds of Caution Swing Bridge through Robinson Street. It was the weekend of the Spring Arts Festival.

In its 24th year, the festival is all about celebrating spring by offering an array of paintings, pottery, jewelry, plants, clothing and much more.  This free event also featured live music, artist demonstrations and educational sessions.

People of all ages stopped by tents to browse the works of regional artists, unique clothing pieces and handmade jewelry. 

Of course spring means flowers blooming, so there were plenty of vendors also offering an array of seedlings such as fruits, herbs and other plants.

While the rain did cut the first day of the festival short, the weather stayed sunny long enough for plenty of people to enjoy the event and browse the vendors.

The sunshine even made the perfect environment for some homemade ice cream, one of the numerous food options available at the festival. 

Everyone coming out on the last weekend of March made for the perfect departure for the cold days of winter and warm welcome to the beautiful days of a Mississippi spring.

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Audubon Center offering summer camps

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is offering fun, nature-based summer camp programming for a variety of age groups.

Elementary, middle school, and mini-camps run from 9 a.m. until noon at the center. Our high school junior naturalist program runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, and is field-trip based. Dates for the camps are listed below.

 

 

  • Mini-Camp for children entering kindergarten or first grade
    • Session 1: July 18-20
    • Session 2: July 25-27
  • Elementary Camp for children entering second through fifth grades
    • Session 1: June 5-June 9
    • Session 2: June 12-June 16
  • Middle School Camp for students entering sixth through eighth grades
    • June 19-23
  • High School Junior Naturalist Program students entering ninth grade through twelfth grade
    • June 26-30

 

Elementary and middle school camps costs $100/week per child for non-members and $90/week/child for members. Each week of camp includes a boat trip with McCoy’s River and Boat Tours.

Our high school junior naturalist program is $135/child for members and $150 for non-members.

The shorter mini-camps run Tuesday-Thursday and cost $50/camp/child non-members and $45/camp/child for members. We do not take the youngest campers on the Boat Tour. 

Visit the Audubon Center’s website for more details and to download the registration forms.

 

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Spring Nesting Season Has Begun

bluebird-nest-5-eggs Spring Nesting Season Has Begun Eastern Bluebirds commonly lay 4-6 turquoise eggs

 

According to the North American Bluebird Society, a non-profit that oversees bluebird conservation and education, the Eastern Bluebird nesting season begins on March 1st. Try telling that to our local Jackson County bluebirds, however, that started constructing their nests in early February.

By March 1st, many nest boxes not only were full of the pine needle and grass nests that are typical of Eastern Bluebirds, but the first clutch of 4-6 turquoise blue eggs were already laid.  

Bluebird eggs, like many songbirds, hatch after about two weeks of incubation. Bluebird parents both take an active role in raising the young ones, feeding them large quantities of insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates. The young birds rapidly grow from featherless and helpless to noisy feathered “teenagers” begging for food. Within three weeks of hatching, these babies will be fully fledged and ready to fend for themselves. 

Once the fledglings leave the nest- some willingly and some encouraged by the parent birds- the adult male helps to feed them while the adult female starts the process of laying a new clutch of eggs. In our warm coastal climate, songbirds like bluebirds can raise four or more clutches in a season. 

Encouraging nesting birds in your yard is as simple as putting up a nest box appropriate to the species you hope to see and protecting it from predators. Bluebird boxes may also attract Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, House and Carolina Wrens, and more. Patterns to make a nest box can be found online for a variety of species. It is important to protect your nest boxes from predators- everything from raccoons to snakes to neighborhood cats like to eat bird eggs and young. 

It’s also critically important that we don’t disturb, touch, or collect nesting birds. Songbirds, as well as all of their nests, eggs, and feathers; are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

If you observe a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, continue to monitor it without touching it. In many cases, it is learning to fly and simply misjudged the landing. The parents are typically watching it and feeding it regularly. If the fledgling is in danger from predators, traffic, or something else, you may scoop it up and put it on a nearby branch out of the way, but where the parents can still observe the baby and feed it. 

Help our songbird populations have a successful nesting season by putting up nest boxes, keeping them clean and free of predators, and observing the babies from a safe distance. 

 

 

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Volunteers walk to fight heart disease

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Volunteers gathered from all across Jackson County at Pascagoula beach Saturday morning to join the fight against heart disease.

The 2017 Jackson County MS Heart Walk took place at the Pascagoula Beach Park on March 18. With heart disease causing roughly one in four deaths in the U.S., money raised from the heart walk is able to go to life-saving research.

One participant with the Chevron team has heart disease affect him personally in his lifetime.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Chris Cochran, a maintenance team leader. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease and had four heart stents.”

However, Cochran hasn’t let the odds discourage him.

“The heart walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” he said. 

Saturday’s Heart Walk was able to raise over $98,000 for the American Heart Association.

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Maritime museum holds ribbon cutting

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The Mississippi Maritime Museum’s phase one is now open after a ribbon cutting held Thursday, March 16.

Housed in the band hall of the old Pascagoula High School property, phase one involves an activity center to make maritime history and interactive experience for the whole family.

The goal of the museum is to tell the story of the state’s 300-year maritime history, preserving the past and educating future generations.

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“This is not a Pascagoula museum,” said Mayor Jim Blevins “This isn’t a Jackson County museum. This isn’t even a Mississippi museum. This is a museum for all the ship builders across the nation.”

One unique aspect of the ribbon cutting was a christening of the museum, honoring the maritime roots. 

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The next phase of the museum is projected to be complete in 2020, and will include the actual museum housed in the old math and science building of the high school.

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Ocean Springs school offering tuition for advanced courses

Ocean Springs School District will accept nonresident students interested in pursuing classes in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone program.

Nonresident students are those whose primary residence is outside of the Ocean Springs School District boundaries. 

This opportunity will allow students outside of the district a chance to still pursue more rigorous coursework in preparation for higher learning. 

For more details, visit the website or call 228-875-0333.

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