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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.

 

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Chevron Honored For Diversity Practices

MS-Honors Chevron Honored For Diversity PracticesRefinery employee Allison Cook (right) accepts Chevron’s award from ourMississippi publisher Wesley Wells.

For the second year in a row, Chevron was honored for the company’s diversity efforts at the annual ourMississippi Honors Gala in Tupelo, Miss. Over 300 people attended the fourth annual event, which was hosted by ourMississippi Magazine to recognize Mississippi corporations for their efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion. Famed actor John Amos was the keynote speaker for the evening. “We should certainly take pride in the Pascagoula Refinery’s culture of inclusion and diversity,” said Anne Marie Hensley, CIS manager and management sponsor of the refinery’s Inclusion and Diversity Council. “This award is recognition of years of focused effort to build a culture where every individual is valued, empowered and engaged. “We should also view this honor as a reminder that we still have work to do,” Hensley continued. “Clearly, we are on the right track.” For more information about the event, visit www.ourmississippimag.com.

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Blue-Grey Pride to Perform Free Show

The Ocean Springs’ Blue-Grey Pride Band will perform their 2nd Annual Preview Show on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM.

The high school band will be performing a free show to the public at the Greyhound Stadium. The performance will serve as a sneak peek of what is to come from Blue-Grey Pride in their upcoming season.

The Blue-Grey Pride Band just wrapped up their summer band camp last week, and has learned a new performance that will surely bring excitement to the crowd. The show will be approximately 30 minutes long and will be a preview of the big show they will be performing this season.

Head director, Dr. Schuman, “encourages everyone to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of OS Spirit”.

There will also be an opportunity to make donations to the band after the performance. Guests can locate Andrea Osman (OSHS Band Parent Association President) after the show.

So, plan to show your support on Thursday night for Blue-Grey Pride and yell “Go Greyhounds!”. 

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Ocean Springs 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Mississippi Municipal Service Company will be hosting their 7th annual Fun Run and Walk on Wednesday, July 26.

Individuals and Group participants from around Mississippi rise and shine early to get their juices flowing and start their day off with exercise. 

The race will start at 6:30 AM on the Ocean Springs side of the Biloxi Bridge. Participants may walk or run the bridge for $20.

The MMSC sponsors this event every year to raise money for the local Mississippi municipalities and its annual conference. The conference focuses on teaching programs that promote healthy municipalities.

If you haven’t already registered for the race, then you have until 2:00 PM today to do so. Participants can register at the Convention Center at booth # 1100. Your $20 registration fee includes: a bag, armband, keychain and t-shirt.

Parents may register children, so families are encouraged to come out and participate.

After the race is completed, various awards will be presented for top male and female runners. Additionally, the largest running group receives a plaque and a group photo.

The MMSC is expected to see a large crowd of over 100 participants. The event is rain or shine.

For more information: contact The Mississippi Municipal Service Company at 800-898-1032.

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Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.

18198980_1907950516149362_2709481092288564062_n-225x300 Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.The Jury Room, Deliberations and Libations, is taking on the nightlife crowd of downtown Pascagoula and intends to also make a developmental impact in the area.

It will be open after hours as a distinctive bar — unique to Pascagoula — offering more than 100 bourbons and whiskies, along with reasonably priced beer, wine, and craft beers, owners say. Additionally, the Jury Room will have competitively priced drinks and happy hour specials, but will also offer high-end liquors.

Owners Ramsay Taylor of Moss Point and Parker Pugh of Pascagoula both have experience in the industry. Taylor has three ‘Tay’s Barbeque’ stores based in Pascagoula and ‘Drinx Wine and Liquor Warehouse’ in D’Iberville. Pugh owns the Dairy Queen in Pascagoula, along with three other locations in Mobile.

The two owners plan to advocate for the revitalization of downtown Pascagoula with the new bar, in hopes that it will bring business to local shops and eateries.  “It will not only offer somewhere else where people can go after work or meet up for a sports game, but it will also help keep people here in Pascagoula to shop and dine at the nearby stores and restaurants”, says Pugh.

The Jury Room plans to offer some unique features in the former Fretz building. It will have a fenced-in outdoor patio, along with available leasing space. The owners took the building, put a wall up down the center and gutted the kitchen-making it three separate spaces for lease.  The former kitchen will be a small apartment, the east side will serve as The Jury Room, and the west side will be available for an office/retail location.

Owners state the building “had more potential than the other locations”. “Many folks, including us, want to see the downtown area thrive and offer something different and all in a central area. Our plan just happens to fit perfectly”, says Pugh.

The name and logo have yet to go up on the building, but The Jury Room’s Facebook page already has more than 500 likes.

Plan to spend your football game days and after business hours at The Jury Room, opening mid-to late August.

 

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TONIGHT: Songs and Stories at the Mary C. O’ Keefe Cultural Center

The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and the Mary C. O’ Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education bring you ‘Songs and Stories: Live Show’.

This week’s performance will be featuring Chris and Camille Wallin. This country duet couple has made a big name for themselves in the music industry and have worked or collaborated with many artists and bands.

Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters. Some of Wallin’s biggest hits include, “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith; “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney; “I’m Tryin” by Trace Adkins; “You’re in My Head” by Brian McComas, “Something to Be Proud Of”; “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry and “People Loving People” by Garth Brooks.

In the various road groups she has played, Camille, otherwise known as ‘Hericane’, has opened for The Georgia Satellites, Dr. Hook, Johnny Paycheck, Mel McDaniel, Montgomery Gentry, George Jones, Mark Chestnut, Darryl Singletary and many others. Her song, “All You Gotta Do”, is the theme song for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota.

Chris and Camille will be performing tonight at 7:00 pm and the admission is free. Donations will be accepted. For more information, please contact the Mary C. O’ Keefe Cultural Center at 228-818-2878.

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Anchor Square offers help to burgeoning businesses

Starting a new business can be a daunting task. It may seem like all it takes is an idea and some capital, but there is a lot of planning and resources that go into such an endeavor. One of the most surprising expenses can be just how much it costs to rent a space. Well, there is help in downtown Pascagoula thanks to Anchor Square.

“Anchor Square is a small business incubator for the city of Pascagoula,” said LaLinda Grace, Economic Development Specialist for the city. “It is a group of 15 MEMA cottages that have been repurposed for retail and restaurant use. The goal is to offer low overhead for new, or new to Pascagoula, businesses. Anchor Square allows them to come in, establish their business, grow, and then move out to vacant properties in town.”

To date, Anchor Square has seen the transition of several businesses, including Zeal Boutique, Alan Hinklel Photography, Gourmet Gurl, and Whimsy Books & Toys.  

“It gives an opportunity for someone who wants to open a business and a place to start off with low cost, so that they’re not having to put in a lot of their own personal money,” Grace said. “It’s easier to start a business here than somewhere that maybe has a higher rent or things like that.”

The main purpose of Anchor Square is to serve as a starting-off point for small businesses. There are plans in place to make sure the businesses eventually move out of that location.

“Rent on our cottages increases by 10 percent each year for our tenants,” Grace explained. “We have two different cottage options: a single with a $235 per month rent and a double with a $291 per month rent, with tenants signing a one-year lease. We also have a transition policy in place where we do an evaluation of each business each year to help them move out. Businesses are usually able to stay for three years before they need to transition out.” 

For more information about Anchor Square, including a list of current businesses, visit their website or call Grace at (228) 938-2352. Anyone interested in getting advice on opening a small business can also visit the Anchor Square office or talk to the present tenants. 

 

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B.Y.O. Brush offers alternate night out

When the weather doesn’t allow for any outdoor fun, and bowling just seems like it’s been done, what else is there to do when you want a night out in Jackson County? One answer comes in the B.Y.O Brush Studio in Ocean Springs.

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Participants can walk into the studio thinking they can’t even draw a stick figure and leave with a masterpiece that they created.

“I’ve always been creative, but I didn’t really know how to teach a whole lot,” said owner Angie Sims. “Now I don’t even paint for myself or anything, but I like to do the instruction, talking to people and helping them realize they can do something they think they can’t do. Most of the classes, they get a blank canvas, and I walk them through the drawing, just starting with simple shapes and walking them through the process.”

Sims didn’t always think she would make her living from painting. 

“I had the gift shop in downtown Ocean Springs for 13 years, The Very Thing,” Sims said. “One night I was with my Bunco group, and I asked if they wanted to do a paint class instead, and things just went from there. I went to school and majored in business education with art. I wanted to go the interior design route. I’ve always been kind of artsy and stuff, but never really painted a whole lot. But then I started doing paint portraits and someone saw what I was doing and said I could make a living off of it. One night I had a class of 30, and that made me realize we needed a bigger space. We’ve been in this location here for roughly 5 years.”

Sims always tries to stress that anyone could participate in a painting event at B.Y.O. Brush, no matter the experience with painting. 

“Part of it was just to kind of get together and loosen up,” she said. “It’s not a structured art class, and wine helps. We allow people to bring whatever drink and some food that they might want, and it helps get people talking and relaxing. I guess what I always keep in my mind is that it’s not really about the painting but more about the challenge. I push people outside the box, and people feel rewarded when they see what they created. Just push yourself outside the box in a lighthearted atmosphere. I like to think we’re selling the atmosphere plus the challenge plus the reward of creating something.”

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While participants can bring wine or other alcoholic beverages, this isn’t fun reserved for only adults.

“Almost everyone that tries it comes back; they are hooked on it,” Sims said. “We have a huge following all over the coast and have a bunch of people come from all over. It’s something fun to do, whether it’s with the kids or teenagers or young adults or newlyweds. I work with kids that may have never even seen a paint brush before. I would say it’s good clean fun, but it’s not clean because you’re gonna get paint all over you. We’ve also started doing trivia night and themed painting nights. You don’t have to drink. Just bring something, a jug of water or tea to relax, and hopefully you feel like you’re at home.”

For more information about B.Y.O. Brush Studio, including the calendar of events, visit their website or like the Facebook page.

When the weather doesn’t allow for any outdoor fun, and bowling just seems like it’s been done, what else is there to do when you want a night out in Jackson County? One answer comes in the B.Y.O Brush Studio in Ocean Springs.

Participants can walk into the studio thinking they can’t even draw a stick figure and leave with a masterpiece that they created.

“I’ve always been creative, but I didn’t really know how to teach a whole lot,” said owner Angie Sims. “Now I don’t even paint for myself or anything, but I like to do the instruction, talking to people and helping them realize they can do something they think they can’t do. Most of the classes, they get a blank canvas, and I walk them through the drawing, just starting with simple shapes and walking them through the process.”

Sims didn’t always think she would make her living from painting. 

“I had the gift shop in downtown Ocean Springs for 13 years, The Very Thing,” Sims said. “One night I was with my Bunco group, and I asked if they wanted to do a paint class instead, and things just went from there. I went to school and majored in business education with art. I wanted to go the interior design route. I’ve always been kind of artsy and stuff, but never really painted a whole lot. But then I started doing paint portraits and someone saw what I was doing and said I could make a living off of it. One night I had a class of 30, and that made me realize we needed a bigger space. We’ve been in this location here for roughly 5 years.”

Sims always tries to stress that anyone could participate in a painting event at B.Y.O. Brush, no matter the experience with painting. 

“Part of it was just to kind of get together and loosen up,” she said. “It’s not a structured art class, and wine helps. We allow people to bring whatever drink and some food that they might want, and it helps get people talking and relaxing. I guess what I always keep in my mind is that it’s not really about the painting but more about the challenge. I push people outside the box, and people feel rewarded when they see what they created. Just push yourself outside the box in a lighthearted atmosphere. I like to think we’re selling the atmosphere plus the challenge plus the reward of creating something.”

While participants can bring wine or other alcoholic beverages, this isn’t fun reserved for only adults.

“Almost everyone that tries it comes back; they are hooked on it,” Sims said. “We have a huge following all over the coast and have a bunch of people come from all over. It’s something fun to do, whether it’s with the kids or teenagers or young adults or newlyweds. I work with kids that may have never even seen a paint brush before. I would say it’s good clean fun, but it’s not clean because you’re gonna get paint all over you. We’ve also started doing trivia night and themed painting nights. You don’t have to drink. Just bring something, a jug of water or tea to relax, and hopefully you feel like you’re at home.”

For more information about B.Y.O. Brush Studio, including the calendar of events, visit their website or like the Facebook page.

 

Angie Sims, started in 2012, i had the gift shop downtown ocean springs for 13 years, the very thing, um just by kind of accident asked my bunko group if they wanted to do a paint class and it just started from there and realized it was a lot easier than retail at the time, thought this was going to be a part time thing, got a part time small studio place, did a head count one night and saw 30 people so we decided we needed a biger place went ahead and rented this place been there nearly 5 years, always odne that, went to shcool and majored in business education with art, wanted to go interior design route which i did do that when I had my business, some furniture and lamps so I did interiro design for 10 years in that, always been kinda artsy and stuff never really painted a whole lot for myself, started painting in the very thing, something was going on so i just started painting stuff and selling pet portraits online people would ask me to show them and was suggested to make a living, always been creative didn’t really know how to teach a whole lot but now don’t paint for myself or anything but like to do the instruction thing, talk to people and help them realize they can do something they think they can’t do, most of the classes they get a blank canvas and I walk them through the drawing, start with simple shapes and walk them through, part of it was just to kind of get together and loosen up some peole come by themselves and you can tell they are a little uptight but they leave their fine try to relax some, not a structured art class, take the brush and draw a circle, wine helps allow people to bring whatever drink and some food, get people talking, get a lot of girl groups, never really thought this would be a full time don’t know if I even consider it to be a full-time, i am here full time because we have gotten so big it’s a lot more work now but i’ve got new girls and good girls and traning, actual work isn’t hard just my part as an owner is doing a lot of the steps, paying payroll, what’s gonna sell what’s not gonna sell, (dad made me take business classes not business savvy don’t really keep up with numbers but worked for me) doesn’t feel like a job, i’m very greatful, it’s easy, the whole reward part of it is coming in at night and having a class and they realize they can do something, work with kids and fieldtrips kids maybe have never seen a paintbrush that’s what I like the people and teaching, the challenge is how am I going to relay this to them, guess what I always keep in my m ind it’s not really about the parining but more about the challenge i push people outside the box and people feel rewarded when they see what they created, just want to do something different, not too many things to do, push yourslef outside the box, lighthearted atmosphere, think that it’s in my mind we’re more selling the atmosphere plus the challenge the reward is you actually like what you take, most everyone comes back, are hooked on it, the ability to challenge you, we have a huge folliwng all of the coast, have a bunch of people come from all over, it’s something to do whether its the kids or teenagers or young adults or new adults, would say good clean fun but it’s not clean because you’re gonna get paint all over you, been teaming up with some restaurants, couple restaurants really into networking together and fun to get out of the shop and just something different, started doing trivia night and themes, you don’t have to drink, just bring something, jug of wter or tea to relax and hopefully you feel like you’re at home, push the box, i would have never known i could do this or wanted to do this if I hadn’t pushed the box, if you don’t ever push the box you never know, as far as keeping on top of it, i’ll paint on anything, i saw and old wallet and I thougt i should paint on it, 

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Refinery Walkers Raise Awareness, Funds for Multiple Sclerosis

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Pascagoula Refinery employees and family members joined more than 200 other participants for Walk MS on March 11 at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs.

The one-mile walk, organized by the MS Society, connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. This year’s event raised more than $30,000, benefitting more than 2,300 people living with MS in Mississippi.

Thanks to refinery walkers (back row, from left) Alun Phillips (M&R), Paul Meline (C/A/A), Sean Campbell (M&R), (middle row, from left) Vicky Phillips, Kristen Meline, Cayden Campbell, Margaret Campbell, Anthony Hinkel (LPS), Marissa Badenhorst (M&R), (front row, from left), Elin and Alys Phillips, and Crystal and Nathan Hinkel.

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Volunteers Prep for Racquets for Ronald

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Thanks to the Chevron volunteers who recently helped prepare for Racquets for Ronald, a tennis tournament fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

The event is held annually at Treasure Oak Country Club in Ocean Springs, and proceeds directly benefit the Share-A-Night Fund, which helps to cover expenses for Ronald McDonald House. The House offers 38 guest rooms, which are available cost-free for families with hospitalized children and helps support families seeking respite at two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located inside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

Louis Henry, Refinery Strategy and Business Planning Manager, serves on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House.

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