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South State soccer semi-finals kick-off Saturday as Playoffs head into 3rd round

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by Bruce Thornton, Our Mississippi Home

The “Southern Six” will be well represented this weekend as 21 teams compete to advance to next Tuesday’s South championship matches. There are seven head-to-head matchups involving teams from the 228 Sports coverage in the six most southern counties of with five of the matches involving squads from the same division.

Boys’ and girls’ doubleheaders will take place at and Stone.

A look at the boys’ side in Class 6A has coastal foes (12-7-2) and Ocean Springs (10-2-1) squaring off at Greyhound Stadium at 2 p.m. The Hounds defeated the Admirals 1-0 in their only regular-season meeting. Gulfport comes off a thrilling upset of defending state champion Northwest Rankin on the road while OSHS was taken to penalty kicks…

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9 Quirky Facts About Mississippi That Sound Made Up

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by Jackie Ann, Only In Your


Ready to brush up on your Magnolia State trivia? We’ve got some unique facts about Mississippi that may not seem true, but they are! From the origin of the teddy bear to the state beverage, here are some quirky facts about Mississippi that you can take with you to your next trivia night.

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Pascagoula mayor offers updates on growth, development at state of the city

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2023-01-25 11:42:59

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Mayor Jay Willis

Pascagoula mayor Dr. Jay Willis is delivered a of the city address to during a luncheon with the Pascagoula Rotary Club at Grand Magnolia Ballroom.

Willis updated the public on growth and development in the Flagship City, as well as provide an update on the city government’s agenda over the next year.

Willis was happy to remind citizens that Pascagoula was designated a World War II Heritage City by the National Park Service – one of only 19 nationwide to earn the distinction.

Willis said that after four years, the city is very close…

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Chris McDaniel announces an announcement on challenge of incumbent Lt. Gov. Hosemann

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Chris McDaniel announces an announcement on challenge of incumbent Lt. Gov. Hosemann

Longtime Sen. Chris McDaniel on social media late Monday said he’ll announce his campaign plans Jan. 30 at events in Jackson and in , leading most observers to believe he’s going to challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann.

Asked for comments or further info on his announcement Monday night, the Republican from Ellisville joked in a text, “I’m thinking (of running for) sheriff. :-)”

In a lengthy interview with Mississippi Today last week, the four-term incumbent senator said he was still undecided about challenging Hosemann, but sounded like a man gearing up for a campaign. He’s been traveling the state for months speaking to various political and civic groups and is co-head of a PAC that has been actively fundraising.

Usually on the outs with the Senate GOP leadership and back-benched for much of his tenure there, McDaniel has not seemed enthusiastic about his current seat for years as he looked to bigger offices.

“Yes, we’ve done polling,” McDaniel said. “My name ID is good. My favorability is good, and (Hosemann’s) unfavorability is higher than mine … Any politician in this state who is challenged from the right is vulnerable in this current environment.”

More than a decade ago, with the rise of the Tea Party, McDaniel became a leader of the far-right GOP and libertarians in Mississippi. In 2014, he made ran a seismic challenge of longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel, with financial support from out of state conservative groups and the state’s first true social media bombardment campaign, led the late Cochran in the first GOP primary vote, then narrowly lost in a runoff.

McDaniel’s shook the Republican establishment in Mississippi, and has been credited by many as the catalyst for a large shift to the right in state Republican . McDaniel himself has said, “I was Donald Trump in Mississippi before Donald Trump.”

READ MORE: McDaniel blasts Hosemann as too liberal, weighs Lt. Gov. run

McDaniel ran for U.S. Senate again in 2018, but lost with only 16% of the vote in a nonpartisan, four-way race. Despite his declared loyalty to Trump, the then-president endorsed Cindy Hyde-Smith, who won the Senate seat.

Many in the GOP then wrote McDaniel off as a fringe candidate with only a small, albeit vocal and loyal, base. But McDaniel has mended fences at least with some in the state’s GOP, including his former political foe Gov. Tate Reeves. In 2019, McDaniel’s surprise endorsement of Reeves to help Reeves garner more of the ultra conservative vote and helped him win a tough Republican primary.

McDaniel said his conservative base is strong and large, and more moderate Republicans are foolhardy to say otherwise.

“They tell themselves that so they can sleep better at night,” McDaniel said. “(His base) is going to exceed 40% on any given day in a Republican primary … Nobody thought Trump had a base, either.”

McDaniel, who serves in the Senate Hosemann oversees as lieutenant governor, has blasted Hosemann as too liberal and questioned his Republican bona fides. So far, Hosemann has not taken the bait and declined comment on McDaniel and his brickbats.

“This is the same Delbert Hosemann who endorsed Ray Mabus instead of Kirk Fordice (for governor). This is the same Delbert Hosemann who endorsed Mitt Romney instead of Donald Trump,” McDaniel said. “There’s consistency there throughout his career where he’s been not simply moderate, but more liberal than moderate … If people get wind of that, yes, he’s vulnerable. The cute commercials are one thing, and they are really clever. But the truth is out there, and it’s not the little lady on the bench, it’s his record.”

McDaniel’s improved relationship with Reeves has had many political observers speculating that Reeves, who has clashed often with Hosemann, is helping and urging McDaniel to run. Both McDaniel and the Reeves camp have denied this. A sitting Republican governor is de facto head of the MSGOP, and helping draft a challenge of a fellow incumbent Republican would be considered unsportsmanlike in political circles.

“(Reeves) has got his own races to run,” McDaniel said. “We haven’t discussed it, and we each have to, in some respects, stay in our own lanes. I consider him a friend, and I chalk our past differences up to misinterpretations on my part.”

McDaniel also refuted widespread rumors that he’s helping draft right-wing challengers of some of his fellow state senators.

“No, that’s not something I’m doing,” McDaniel said. “I can’t be playing checkers all over the state like that.”

But McDaniel said he does not feel as ostracized by the GOP machine as he did when he challenged the status quo with Cochran in 2014.

“I’ve gotten calls from all over — probably two dozen consultants offering to help,” McDaniel said. “These are options I’ve never had before. If anyone wants to help me, they can give me a call.”

McDaniel has in the past struggled to raise campaign money inside Mississippi, and he said he knows Hosemann will be well-funded and “incumbents, they try to clamp down fast on that, with threats, holding contracts over people’s heads.” But he said he’s confident he could raise enough money for a successful challenge.

Plus, McDaniel said social media has helped level the playing field on campaign finances, and he has a strong digital presence, including 305,000 followers on Facebook. In numerous comments on his announcement Monday, many followers said they support him. Many said they would attend his announcement if they lived in Mississippi. Some urged him to run for governor, or for U.S. Senate again.

One urged him, “Stream it live and break the internet!”

READ MORE: Chris McDaniel considered bid for Congress in 2021

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

April Chewning of Ocean Springs Appointed to State Recreation Board

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by Cherie Ward, Our Mississippi Home

Life is about to get a little more hectic for April Chewning.

As the city of camp and special events coordinator, Chewning has her hands in numerous programs and events throughout Ocean Springs and now she’s taking on a couple of statewide roles as well. She was appointed last week to the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Board and joined the recreation education committee.

“I am excited to serve on MRPA’s Board of Directors and represent the city of Ocean Springs,” Chewning said. “I look forward to making connections with parks and recreation employees across the state and bringing back ideas to better our community.“

The board provides avenues to build communities, reduce , and improve the health of . Board members work…

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Community Action of South MS holding free tax prep services

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www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2023-01-20 14:21:15

The Community Action of Volunteer Income Tax Service is ready to help individuals and families with annual incomes up to $60,000 get ahead financially, pay down debt, and work toward saving for the future.

VITA offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for a quick refund. IRS-trained and certified volunteers work one-on-one with filers to prepare and electronically file and federal income tax forms at no charge and determine qualifications for tax credits and refunds. Community Action of South MS Executive Director Vanessa Gibson said,…

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Mississippi Lottery president talks funds and upcoming chances

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www.wxxv25.com – Brooke Parker – 2023-01-19 14:40:42

The president of the Mississippi Lottery Jeff Hewitt paid a visit to WXXV to talk about the success of the Mississippi Lottery.

Hewitt says the lottery exceeded the ’s revenue expectations this year.

When jackpots rise, people are more likely to try different avenues to win, such as scratch-offs and that’s what can lead to a rise in revenue.

Each year, the state allocates the first $80 million in lottery revenue for infrastructure and the rest of the funds raised go to education.

Hewitt also said the lottery is always looking for ways to keep people interested,…

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Ocean Springs Theatre named state champions -WXXV 25

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www.wxxv25.com – Ansley Brent – 2023-01-17 21:32:56

A show-stopping performance finally got some recognition it richly deserves.

This past weekend, Theatre and Film Department attended the Mississippi Theatre Association Competition in Tupelo, where they were named the champions for their production of “Bocon!”

“Bocon” is Spanish for ‘big mouth’ and it tells the story of the main character finding his freedom and his voice by reaching the border.

Along with winning best production, Ocean Springs senior Xavier Reichbaum was awarded best male actor at MTA. He shares what this life changing…

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Prep hoops: Mississippi wins five in inaugural Miss/Ala Challenge

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by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

January 14, 2023: Hancock Anslee James (14) drives around McGill-Toulen guard EC Harbough (00) during the Hancock versus McGill-Toulen (Mobile, AL) varsity girls basketball game in the Inaugural Mississippi/ Alabama Challenge at High School. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

The host Magnolia won five out of the seven games in the inaugural Mississippi/Alabama Challenge played Saturday at the Biloxi High Sports Arena.
The final count stood like this:
Hancock 39, McGill-Toolen 38 (Overtime)
West Harrison 34, Fairhope 25
D’Iberville 41, Williamson 29
Davidson 43, 30
46, Gulf Shores 27
Theodore 43, 27
Biloxi 31, Daphne 29
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January 14, 2023: McGill-Toulen Sam Burroughs (50) blocks a shot by Hancock Nina Wedgeworth (15) during the Hancock…

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Mississippi Legislation back in session

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www.wxxv25.com – Brooke Parker – 2023-01-13 17:48:54

The is in session for the 2023 year.

Newly elected Representative Jeffrey Hulum III tells 25 that the top priority this year is fixing infrastructure, especially in Jackson, which is struggling to fix its water system.

Hulum also says ’s soft water plant also needs an upgrade as well as Forrest Height’s levee system.

In addition to infrastructure, Hulum says making changes to and improving rural hospitals are also on the agenda.

He adds that the legislature will look into updating the temporary assistance for needy…

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