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Leadership Announced for the American Heart Association Jackson County Heart Walk

(Pascagoula, MS) – Recently, the Chairs and Executive Leadership Team were announced for the Jackson County Healthy For Good Heart Walk, an event to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. The walk will take place on March 30, 2019 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Beach Park (located at 600 Park Street) in Pascagoula, MS. Approximately 500 guests are expected to attend the walk. Co-chairing the Jackson County Heart Walk this year is Eric Washington, M.D. and Jeff Noblin, M.D. of Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists.

The Executive Leadership Committee includes Alan Sudduth (Chevron), Amy Brandenstein (Chevron), Doug Bates (Encore Rehabilitation), Jennifer Garlich (First Federal), Karen Cole (Bancorp South), Rick Spaulding (Ingalls Shipbuilding), Richard Lucas, Caroline Bishop (City of Pascagoula), Cedrick Hurd (Mississippi Power), Robert Johnson, M.D. (Singing River Health System), Myrtle Delgado, Susan Russell (Singing River Health System), David McCormick (Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick), and Mayor Jim Blevins. The event is sponsored by Ingalls Shipbuilding; Chevron; International Marine & Industrial Applicators; Singing River Health System; Craft and Technical Solutions; Compton Engineering Inc.; Absolute Protection; BancorpSouth; Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists; Brock Services; Cornerstone Group; Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick; Encore Rehabilitation Center; First Federal; Gulf Coast Pediatric Center; Gulf Sales and Supply; Lockard and Williams Insurance Services; MEITEC; MS Export RR; Navigator Credit Union; Southern Mississippi Heart Center, P.A.; Willis of Mississippi; and Zachry.

Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk brings together walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke, and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 leading killers of American men and women. Proceeds go toward funding research, education and community programs targeting these issues. Kylar’s heart is why we walk… Kylar is the 2-year-old son of Tiffany and Keenan Woods. Keenan is a 1st Class Welder at Ingalls. Kylar has a rare congenital heart disease consisting of multiple left heart obstructive defects known as Shone’s Complex. During his second week of life he endured his first open heart surgery to repair a coarctation. His second surgery was at five months to repair his mitral valve. A few days before his 2nd birthday, his mitral valve was replaced. He began wearing oxygen at 3-months-old, but thankfully, he is now oxygen-free. Aside from a few obstacles he’s endured, Kylar’s parents report he has lived an amazing life. They attribute his current health to their “faith in God and to the advancements in medical procedures made possible by the American Heart Association.” You can help make a difference for people like Kylar by sponsoring the event, forming a Heart Walk team, or by joining us at the walk next spring. For more information on the event, please call (228) 604-5306 or visit www.jacksoncountyheartwalk.org.

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Pascagoula gets rolling during Third Fridays

The second year of Third Fridays in Pascagoula began on May 19, and this event’s theme was wheels.

Visitors were able to enjoy face painting, a bounce house, a prize wheel and sweet tea from Raising Cane’s, cool cars from Magnolia Classic Cruisers and the Gulf Coast Corvette Club, and even pottery made on the spinning wheel was featured at the Singing River Art Association and Main Street Pascagoula.  

Children were able to get up close and personal with a tractor, garbage truck and fire truck. The event also featured a bike rodeo course, where riders were able to earn basic rules of the road and practice bike-handling skills.

Music for the event was provided by Oh Jeremiah, a duo who can trace their origins to Hattiesburg.

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Easter Egg Hunt brings many to Beach Park

It’s Good Friday. The kids are out of school and you have the day off work. What is the family to do on a day like this? Why not spend the day at the park? That is exactly what numerous families did as they spent the evening at Pascagoula Beach Park at the 39th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

As the sun was setting over the Mississippi Sound, parents brought their children and their Easter baskets to the park. While waiting for the Easter Bunny, children had the chance to enjoy the playgrounds and get their faces painted. 

As 6:30 drew closer, families gathered by the designated egg hunt areas to watch the Easter Bunny arrive. Courtesy of the Pascagoula Fire Department, the bunny of the hour was escorted directly to the park, where the bunny was swarmed by children eager to meet the embodiment of Easter. By this point the line for pictures with the Easter Bunny was yards long.

Quickly, parents prepared their toddlers for the first egg hunt of the evening. Children divided into different groups by age for staggered hunt times, all wrapped up in time for Movie Night Under the Stars.

Families laid out their blankets and unfolded their chairs to relax and let the kids enjoy their treats. With the wonderful weather and beautiful location along the Pascagoula beach, no one could have wanted for anything more.

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Children have Easter fun in downtown park

As Easter Sunday closes in, children across Jackson County are getting their baskets ready for all of their candies and treats.

Dozens of children and their parents gathered Saturday morning at Little Children’s Park in downtown Ocean Springs for a bevy of Easter activities.

Not only could children explore the park for hidden Easter eggs, but hunts were even divided by age group to give all children a chance to grab some goodies. 

With the enthusiasm of every child, each hunt only lasted a few minutes before all of the eggs were snatched. However, there were plenty of other Easter activities for all attendees.

Throughout the park, children could decorate their own holiday tote bags or win prizes at Easter-themed carnival games. Children could pin the tail on the Easter Bunny or get a strike in Easter bowling.

The park was filled with music to keep everyone in lively spirits. Along with the sunny but cool weather, it was a great morning for everyone to get in the Easter spirit.

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Morning egg hunt gets Gautier Easter-ready

As Easter Sunday closes in, children across Jackson County are getting their baskets ready for all of their candies and treats.

Dozens of children and their parents gathered early Saturday morning at Shepard State Park in Gautier for a chance to claim the honor of getting the most Easter eggs. 

All attendees were let loose to hunt promptly at 9 a.m., and by 9:15 everyone was checking their baskets for goodies. 

Not only did children get the chance to hunt for Easter eggs, but there were also face-painting stations, free hay rides and an Easter Bunny poised for pictures. All of the makings were there for a fun-filled morning.

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Cyclists gather for community awareness ride

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As the sun rose over the Singing River on the first Sunday in April, dozens of cyclists gathered at Pascagoula’s River Park for a community ride throughout Jackson County.

Right 2 Ride was first held in 2016, and the number of participants doubled in its second year to nearly 100.

“Today is meant to educate motorists that cyclists have the right to ride on the road,” said Kristi Ducote, Outdoor Recreation Specialist with the City of Pascagoula. “None of the roads are blocked off, so cyclists are interacting with regular traffic today.”

Ducote explained how cyclists do have the right to ride on roadways and some of the laws that apply.

“There is a state law that says that motorists should allow a minimum of three feet when passing a cyclist,” Ducote explained. “I say just take the guess work out of it and change lanes to pass a cyclist as you would a motor vehicle. Cyclists should also make sure to ride right with the flow of traffic and obey all the rules of the road such as stopping at stop signs and using turn signals.”

Right 2 Ride offered bike routes of four different distances to attract and accommodate cyclists of all riding abilities. The 83-mile ride began at 7 a.m. while the 40-mile, 20-mile and 8-mile rides began at 8 a.m.

All cyclists had to register for the event in order to receive a goody bag, a participation medal, an event t-shirt and refreshments before and after the ride.

 

“All proceeds from today’s ride will go toward making Pascagoula a bike friendly community,” Ducote said. 

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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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