Resurrection Cheerleaders Join Pet Pack Challenge

The Resurrection Varsity and Middle School cheerleaders have joined the JaxCoHome Pet Pack Challenge. RCS cheerleaders are calling on Pascagoula, Gautier, Moss Point, Vancleave, Ocean Springs, East Central and St. Martin high school cheer squads to join the Pet Pack Challenge today!

Coach Alice Lachaussee says, “Our cheerleaders are excited to help out the Jackson County Animal Shelter. We hope our challenge to other high school cheer squads will result in a huge amount of supplies being brought in for the animals.”

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Gautier hosts second annual Music on the Lawn with Mississippi Songwriters

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Gautier, Mississippi; July 11, 2018 – The City of Gautier will host its second annual Music on the Lawn, featuring award-winning Mississippi songwriters, at Gautier City Hall on July 21.

The City is teaming up once again with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance for the free event, which will feature artists Derek Norsworthy, Wayward Jones, Flatt Capps, Double Dee and Sean Gasaway.  

Music lovers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to set up on the grounds of City Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vendors will be on site to provide food, drink and treats.

There’s a sound for every musical taste, as the featured artists cover genres including country, folk, Americana, and more.

“We’re excited about working with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance again for this wonderful afternoon of music and fun,” Gautier City Manager Paula Yancey said.

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“We had a great time last year, and we hope to see a big crowd supporting our local songwriters and performers,” she said. “These are some very talented songwriters.”

In June, Derek Norsworthy was named the winner of the 2018 Boswell Media’s Songwriter of the Year contest. Norsworthy, an Escatawpa native, won the competition with the song “Raised by the Radio.”

Lucedale’s Wayward Jones won third place in the same competition with “You Ain’t Johnny.”

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Autism Fundraiser Kicks off at Shell Landing

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GAUTIER— A charity tournament to benefit children with autism will bring golfers from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast—and beyond–to Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier later this month.

The Swing Into Autism Awareness 2018 Golf Tournament on July 28 kicks off the largest annual fundraising event for the Mississippi Centers For Autism And Related Developmental Disabilities.
The nonprofit organization in D’Iberville provides treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families at its facility.

Ganece Darden, coordinator for the golf tournament volunteers, said that Shell Landing is an ideal venue because of its size, location, and inviting atmosphere. With other weekend events taking place in Harrison County, having an event in Jackson County brings the fundraiser to a wider audience.

“They’ve always been very cooperative and supporting, so we’ve partnered with them,” Darden said of Shell Landing’s participation in the event over the years.

Darden said the golf tournament draws locals as well as those from outside Mississippi. Special guests of this year’s tournament include NFL sporting agents and retired NFL players. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, and volunteers will be running golf carts for participants.

Those interested in swinging a golf club for a good cause can register with others as a team or as individuals to be placed on a team.

After the Saturday morning golf tournament, the fun continues that evening with an All White Affair at the Scarlet Pearl. On the following Sunday afternoon, author and actor T.C. Stallings will be the guest speaker at the Living Life With a Purpose event at the Biloxi Civic Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This means if you don’t have it, you probably know someone who does, Darden said.

“Autism is very prevalent in this day and age, and I think it kind of has an effect on everybody,” Darden said. 

For more information or to register for any of the fundraising events, visit www.mscentersforautism.org. The website also includes a link for visitors to make a donation to MCARDD.

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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”

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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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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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Singing River Health System Stroke Team Celebrates Quality Award

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Today the Singing River Health System Board of Trustees recognized members of the system’s Stroke Team for their recent Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Congratulations to our first responders, doctors, nurses and support staff who make this level of care possible in our community!

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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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