Walk MS: Uniting Communities to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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Andy Bell, President of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi and Lt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Dept. at the Walk Kick-Off Luncheon at Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of local walkers raised money at Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast last Saturday at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Saturday’s walk was expected to raise more than $25,000.

“Walk MS is all about community – people coming together to raise money and show support for loved ones, colleagues and friends,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Funds raised have a direct impact in this community, for example – our MS Navigator program. MS Navigators are highly-skilled, compassionate professionals available to connect each person affected by MS to the resources and information they need to live their best lives.”

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, and it is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

Sanofi Genzyme is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Biogen, Genentech and Novartis are also national sponsors of Walk MS.

Walk MS helps fuel groundbreaking MS research and provide life-changing services to those affected by MS through creating a supportive community of friends, families, and loved ones who fundraise and connect. To get involved you can visit walkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

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 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). 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 public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship—all of which are 100 percent tax deductible. These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished. 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.”

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

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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 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kimberly Cox Rasmussen.

For more information, 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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Success at the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

With an estimated attendance of around 1,500 people, the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a great success. The one-day event provides an opportunity for members of the Jackson County business and industrial communities to connect and build professional networks. It is this valuable opportunity that keeps many vendors coming back to the Trade Show year after year.

Unknown Success at the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

Business Development Specialist Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron was Chairwoman for the event, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias was the keynote speaker. Cuccias spoke about Ingalls’ commitment to strong partnerships throughout Jackson County and the Gulf Coast, from industrial suppliers to local businesses and community organizations.

Carla Todd Voda, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with this year’s event.

“This year’s 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a huge success,” said Voda. “The attendance was steady throughout the day, and the majority of the attendees from industries, purchasing departments and industrial suppliers were the decision makers of their companies. Mr. Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, shared some very interesting and encouraging news during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Our exhibitors look forward to being a part of all of the wonderful things that are in store for Jackson County in the upcoming months.” 

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give business people additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

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Jackson County Campus hosts “Sight & Sensibility: A Lady’s Perspective” Art Exhibit

The MGCCC Jackson County Fine Arts Gallery announces the opening of the exhibit “Sight & Sensibility: A Lady’s Perspective” by Saucier, Mississippi, artist Sherry Carlson.  The exhibit will be open to the public March 8-April 19, with an opening reception at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 8.

Carlson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama, and is the past president of the Gulf Coast Art Association. She is extremely active with several regional art organizations and events, and is currently represented by The Pink Rooster Gallery in Ocean Springs.

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“Frida at the Door” by artist Sherry Carlson

“My work reflects an intimate interaction within my immediate community and home,” she said. “People, objects and nature are interpreted by the relationship we share.  A rich history is reflected in rusted and worn surfaces, skin imperfections, textures and surfaces. Some of these are seen so frequently in passing that they cease to be acknowledged in real life, settling into the background with nature overtaking and changing them.  I seek to see my surroundings in different lights, to appreciate their histories and character. Through stopping to capture the moment in paint, I hope to slow others down enough to take notice of who, what or where exists right in front of them.”

She works mostly in watercolor on a mid-weight cold-pressed Arches sheet. “The fluid and transparent nature of the medium allows a view of previous histories of color, and the surface can easily be given a faux impression of texture or a physical scraping,” she said. “Detail is last and can be left to the viewer’s imagination. Composition, darks and lights, then color take precedence.  Even with busy subjects, I strive to have a calm, comfortable, familiar feel to my paintings. They are meant to have the viewer linger, have sensations of ambient noise, want to touch them.”

While she prefers plein air painting, many of her pieces originate from photographs or thumbnail sketches. “My teaching and art groups have honed my ability to tune out external distractions while zoning in on the sensations I wish to keep in the paintings. The ultimate goal is for the viewer to feel what I felt about my subject while I was creating the painting.”

The Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. -3 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Marc Poole at 228-497-7684.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $1.43 Billion Contract for the Construction of LPD 29

LPD29rendering Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $1.43 Billion Contract for the Construction of LPD 29

Rendering of LPD 29.

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division was awarded a $1.43 billion, fixed-price incentive contract for the detail design and construction of LPD 29, the 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.

“This contract is further recognition of the confidence the Navy/Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “This efficient work is proven through our hot production line keeping the work going in the shipyard and through our nationwide network of suppliers. We are excited to build this additional ship and in providing our sailors and Marines with the best amphibious ships in the world.”

Ingalls has built and delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships. The 11th, Portland (LPD 27), will be commissioned on April 21 in Portland, Oregon. The 12th, Fort Lauderdale, is under construction and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Preliminary work has begun on LPD 29, and the start of fabrication will take place later this year.

The San Antonio class is a major part of the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.

The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.

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MGCCC instructors receive Z-Degree Mississippi Grant

Ole-Miss-grant MGCCC instructors receive Z-Degree Mississippi Grant

Four Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instructors received a Z-Degree Mississippi Grant from The University of Mississippi.  The instructors, all from the Jackson County Campus, are Javier Gomez, language arts; David Hilton, social studies; Carin Platt, development studies; and Dr. Christy Philippoff, science.

Each instructor will receive $1,000 to integrate open educational resources into their courses.  They were also invited to attend workshops offered by Lumen Learning, a leading consulting group.

Under the grant, recipients are required to conduct research and planning during the spring and summer of 2018 and use open educational resources in a course during the 2018-2019 academic year. They must also participate in a survey, along with their students, designed to improve the Z-Degree program. 

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Business of the Week: Marina Cottage Soap Company

Marina Cottage Soap Co. began in Ocean Springs, MS in 2012. It all started with Vanessa, who is a Registered Nurse. She created products for those with eczema and other sensitive skin issues out of necessity, in her own kitchen. That passion has created over 100 products in nearly 600 retail locations across the US and Canada, and a 3,300 sq ft retail and manufacturing location! They make natural soaps and other skincare products for sensitive skin. Their operation is a local, family company, with a group of friends and family still making every order by hand, with love.

They use goat’s milk and glycerin to make products for all ages, and it’s safe for even the most sensitive skin!

Check out their new location at 1311 Government Street in Ocean Springs.

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29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show to be held March 20th

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The 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center (2902 Shortcut Road) in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The one day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 9:00 a.m. that morning in the Fair Hall next to the Civic Center.  The Chairwoman of this year’s event is Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron.  This event is open to the business community working in the industrial field.  Sponsorships, booths and wall space advertising are now available through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

2018 Jackson County Industrial Trade Show Application

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies looking to be featured at this event.  Indoor and outdoor booth spaces are also available to companies with reduced rates for members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  Those looking to join the Chamber between January and February can receive a free outdoor booth with their membership.

 

Businesses are encouraged to put aside time on this day and allow their 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.  This show is open to the business community.  The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show allows businesses of all sizes and many classifications to promote their products and services to other local businesses in one location. The trade show provides the environment of face to face interaction where attendees learn about new and existing products and opportunities.

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 ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group.  Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give businessmen additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

Contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for information on attending or being featured at an ISA meeting, participating in the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show and general Chamber membership information.  Call 228-762-3391 or email Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com.  The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula.  More information can be found online at www.jcchamber.com.

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