South Mississippi Strong

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi crossing guard does more than just direct traffic

  South Mississippi Strong: John McFarland works hard and volunteers even harder

  South Mississippi Strong: Beck’s Confections turn anyone into a baker

  South Mississippi Strong: Mag Holland is an ‘angel’ devoted to helping others

  South Mississippi Strong: Dave Vincent continues to find ways to give back in retirement

  South Mississippi Strong: Moss Point native tackling race in America awarded Key to the City

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  South Mississippi Strong: Twins helping better the Coast on both sides of the bridge

  South Mississippi Strong: Family stays positive after infant is diagnosed with rare disease

  South Mississippi Strong: Teen entrepreneur on the road to success with global company

  South Mississippi Strong: Starfish Cafe on mission to help others

  South Mississippi Strong: Pass Christian runner sprinting towards the Olympics

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi man refuses to let disabilities stop him, inspires many along the way

  South Mississippi Strong: Plastic Free Gulf Coast takes action toward a sustainable future

Plastic Free Gulf Coast is on a mission to replace single-use plastics like straws and lids with more earth-friendly options.

  South Mississippi Strong: Never Lose Sight helps blind people live normal lives

David Lancaster founded an organization, Never Lose Sight, to help those who have lost their sight or are seeing impaired regain their independence.

  South Mississippi Strong: Dancing priest goes viral for Jesus

Father Colten Symmes cuts a rug for Christ and for the kids he ministers at St. Patrick High School.

  South Mississippi Strong: Volunteers make the Cruisin’ ride much smoother

Cruisin' the Coast kicks off in a few days but the ones making sure it all runs smooth are the many tireless volunteers who donate their time.

  South Mississippi Strong: One woman’s inspiring journey to recover from a brain tumor

  South Mississippi Strong: Ainsley’s Angels push differently-abled people to the finish line and beyond

  South Mississippi Strong: John Wilson launches educational engine with INFINITY Science Center

  South Mississippi Strong: Long Beach students use yoga to relax, stay calm

  South Mississippi Strong: Bay businesswoman a driving force behind Coast tourism for 40+ years

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast theater teacher inspires children through her work

  Waste Pro’s ‘Superman’ uses job to help others any way he can

“Rain, sleet or snow, trash gotta go,” explained Nelson Ross, a lead driver for Waste Pro.

  South Mississippi Strong: Shelter volunteer fostered over 200 animals

Jeanene Martin is making a positive impact on animals one furry friend at a time.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coach shares love of golf with kids at Diamondhead Country Club

Teachers and coaches play an important role in the lives of kids. PGA professional Hoppy Smith helps young athletes discover the game of golf at Diamondhead Country Club.

  South Mississippi Strong: Lifetime volunteer finds the blessing in being a blessing to others

Ted Hearn's undying devotion to serve through volunteer work has changed hundreds of lives for the better.

  South Mississippi Strong: Running 1.26 miles for 126 days in honor of fallen Biloxi officer

As South Mississippi continues to reel from the loss of Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen, one man is honoring the officer one mile at a time.

  South Mississippi Strong: Entrepreneur provides platform to highlight black-owned businesses

Seeing a need to help black business owners, Alexis Williams created a Facebook page to offer support and resources to entrepreneurs.

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi Police Chief symbol of strength, professionalism after officer’s tragic death

The leader of the Biloxi Police Department, Chief John Miller, has been a symbol of strength professionalism since May 5 when Officer Robert McKeithen was gunned down outside the police station.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eddie Holmes puts the pedals to the metal with Gulf Coast Bicycle Club

Eddie Holmes is known by a lot of things - soccer coach, Iron Man, marathoner - but bicycling has always been at his core.

  South Mississippi Strong: Web series gives local unsigned artists a platform to shine

Harris describes the show as “MTV for local unsigned artists,” and they're always looking to discover the next undiscovered group.

  “We’re living happily ever after”: Biloxi couple’s love story endures for 72 years

It’s a love story for the ages, one that has endured since World War II, and one that continues just as strong today as it did 72 years ago.

  South Mississippi Strong: Goodwill wants to end poverty in Mississippi

It’s not charity; it’s a chance. That’s what Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi is founded on.

  South Mississippi Strong: City volunteer is a direct descendant of a founding family

Two of Jimmy Kreb's ancestors served as mayor. And today, he’s making his own mark on the city.

  South Mississippi Strong: MGCCC grad on his way to becoming a physician thanks to scholarship

Nader Pahlevan of Biloxi just graduated from MGCCC and is on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor to help under served communities in Mississippi.

  South Mississippi Strong: Founder, curator of G.I. Museum honors all things military

The G.I. Museum in Gautier stands out like a beacon of hope and honor. The man behind the museum is Doug Mansfield, the founder, curator and visionary who continues to pay tribute to all things military.

  South Mississippi Strong: Women’s Resource Center volunteers change lives through education

At the Women's Resource Center in Gulfport, young mothers can find solid advice, support and services. Ultrasounds are free thanks to donations and longtime volunteers.

  South Mississippi Strong: Upside-down potter teaches innovation, engineering through art

A Hancock County artist with an engineering background is taking an unique approach to pottery and using it as a platform to teach innovation, mechanics, and art.

  South Mississippi Strong: Grieving mother creates Kuddles for others in need of a hug

A grieving South Mississippi mom is honoring her daughter’s memory by providing plenty of love and hugs to others in the form of bears called Kuddles.

  South Mississippi Strong: Retired chef brings fresh food, community to Coast with multiple farmer’s markets

One woman’s vision to bring fresh food to South Mississippi residents has blossomed into multiple farmers markets along the Coast.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eighth grader battles brain cancer with smile, positive attitude

A Biloxi eighth grader and her mom put on a brave smile and a positive attitude each day as the teenager battles brain cancer with the help of St. Jude Hospital.

  South Mississippi Strong: Hospital volunteer uses her dogs to lift the spirits of others

Where you see Abby and Bella, Mary Pecoul can't be far behind. As a volunteer at Garden Park Pecoul leads the hospital's pet therapy program.

  South Mississippi Strong: Studio 601 barbers give haircuts, good advice

Brian Newton and Justin Johnson are brothers in business at Studio 601. They are barbers by trade but they say cuts, shaves, and hot towel treatments are not the only services they provide.

  South Mississippi Strong: Nancy Rogers makes Mardi Gras magic for 23 years

Executive director of GCCA for 23 years, Nancy Rogers knows what it takes to pull off a successful Mardi Gras.

  South Mississippi Strong: Abra Taylor teaches boys to grow into educated young men

Abra Taylor helped form The League of Distinguished Gentlemen, a youth summit that teaches young people life skills, allowing them to learn from local leaders.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pascagoula educator molding successful students

Sixth grade teacher Sharon Thompson teaches reading every day to her students, but she is also using her class as an opportunity to educate and inspire students through the history of black Americans.

  South Mississippi Strong: The History of the 100 Men Hall

The 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis is best known for the legendary musicians who have graced its stage. Locals have recalled seeing the likes of Etta James, Guitar Slim, James Brown and many more of note.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bethesda Free Clinic helps people stay healthy, strong

During the past nine years, the Bethesda Free Clinic has offered care to more than 17,000 patients. These are people who might not receive the care they need if not for Bethesda.

  South Mississippi Strong: Archie Holland gives his all to help those in need

Whether a person needs furniture, food, clothes or just a smile, Mr. Archie will find a way to help. That's why he's South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Waveland filmmaker helping Coast film industry grow

The state of the Southern States Film Industry is good, but a Waveland filmmaker is working to make it even better. Michael Rechtien sees a lot of potential in the future of film in South Mississippi.

  South Mississippi Strong: Sue’s Home helps women who have nowhere else to turn

When women are homeless or fighting drug addiction and they have nowhere else to turn, they can count on Sue’s Home.

  South Mississippi Strong: Community leader empowers women to reach their goals

Inspiring women of all ages to dream big, helping others to work through their emotions, and establishing herself as a brand -- Jocelyn Lane-Gavin is South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast cookie company brings Mississippi flavors to the north

Baked and packaged in Pass Christian, Cat Island Cookies and Cracker Company is getting ready to represent South Mississippi on new coasts.

  South Mississippi Strong: SNO brings fun, friendships to people with special needs

South Mississippi SNO never goes away. SNO stands for Special Needs Organization, and it serves special needs clients and their families all across the Coast.

  South Mississippi Strong: Ocean Springs man nominated for a Golden Globe

It's a dream come true for an Ocean Spring native who is now competing with artists like Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton after being nominated for a Golden Globe.

  South Mississippi Strong: Harrison County’s emergency youth shelter gives a safe space to children in need

Harrison County's only emergency youth shelter can house anywhere from 25 to 30 children every month. The shelter staff go out of their way to make the facility feel like a home. Shelter director Dianna Kuns says, that's what the children who end up there, need most.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bringing joy to sick children on the Gulf Coast

In honor of her daughter, Lynette Meyers launched "Meghan's Dream," a non-profit that helps families live and deal with the burden and uncertainty of childhood cancer.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast trainer turns life low point into inspiration

From despair to serving as an inspiration, personal trainer Sean Fayard has seen both ends of the spectrum. Despite hitting the lowest of lows, he now lives as an example for others making him South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Inspiring students with Pathways2Possibilities

For six years. eighth graders on the coast have been given a hands-on look at what their future could be, all thanks to Pathways2Possibilities. It partners students with pathways, in the hopes that it will help the teens find a niche.

  South Mississippi Strong: Heather Eason and the Comeback Coolers phenomenon

Comeback Cooler is Heather Eason's brainchild and the coolest pay-it-forward campaign around. Not only is it helping victims of devastation around the country, it's also making South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Guide dog trainer Carla Anderson

Carla Anderson spends thousands of hours a year training and caring for dogs that will go on to help people who are disabled, sick, or blind.

  South Mississippi Strong: ‘Millie’s Movement’ is helping kids have Christmas

They say big things come in small packages and Millie Brignone is proof of that. The Biloxi third grader may be tiny but her heart is as big as it gets.

  South Mississippi Strong: Todd Trenchard opens up about addiction and second chances

Bacot McCarty Foundation Executive Director Todd Trenchard is an example of how a life can turn around. Todd went from the rock bottom of addiction to the heights of fundraising and philanthropy.

  South Mississippi Strong: Navy vet takes battle against mental illness to the mat

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a tough sport. It requires those who train in the sport to be even tougher. Lisa Shackelford knows that well after training for two and a half years.

  South MS Strong: Bill Holland keeps the art of wooden boat-building alive

Master wooden boat builder Bill Holland is South Mississippi Strong and you can see his work every time the Glenn L. Swetman is under sail.

  South MS Strong: Bodybuilding couple ‘changing the dynamic’ on the Coast

Keithon Burnette and Francisco Marrero Philippi an interracial gay couple actively serving in the U.S. Navy. But those challenges are helping to redefine the dynamic along the Gulf Coast.

  South Mississippi Strong: Harrison County girl’s art is good for the heart

Emma Hartley may have heart disease, but it’s not stopping her dreams. She and her family are lending their talents to support the American Heart Association, and in doing so, she’s not only helping others, but she’s also helping herself.

  South Mississippi Strong: Diamondhead woman raises suicide awareness to remember her son

Having a child who commits suicide is a parents most heartbreaking nightmare, and it’s happening at an alarming rate.

  South Mississippi Strong: A Waveland firefighter uses his ‘second chance’ to save lives

Like many children, Brandon grew up fantasizing about becoming a firefighter one day. After a terrible accident, that dream almost didn't come true.

  South Mississippi Strong: Officer and K9 patrolling Moss Point make a dynamic duo

Moss Point's police department is home to one K9 officer. Officer Delaney Waltman and his K9 Cora, a 50 pound Belgian Malinois police dog, patrol the streets of Moss Point.

  South Mississippi Strong: Judy Cottrell dedicates her life to helping those in need

Inside a modest building in the heart of east Biloxi, you'll find a self-described servant to the community. Judy Cottrell uses her strong faith to pour into the lives of those who come through the doors of Seashore Mission.

  South Mississippi Strong: Woman battles cancer while helping others

Friends and family call her the Princess Warrior. That's because McCall Andrews is a fighter. On her wedding anniversary, two years ago, McCall was diagnosed with stage 4 Breast Cancer.

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi historian shines light on city’s rich history

Preserving that history and teaching about it is the job of Biloxi historical administrator Bill Raymond. He's just another example of the many people that help make south Mississippi strong.

South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi VFW looking to help new generation of veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars service organization is having to adjust in order to continue its mission of helping this new generation of combat vets. In Biloxi, that means creating new opportunities and amenities to help keep coast veterans South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Jackson Co. stroke survivor shares journey to recovery

One Jackson County man is sharing his story of how stroke rehab experts helped him with his recovery.

  South Mississippi Strong: Preserving our state’s natural resources

One of coastal Mississippi's greatest strengths is it's abundance of natural beauty. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain's dedication toward protecting our precious resources is why the group is South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi man shares his journey toward the American Dream

Coast business owner and real estate broker John Le believes the American Dream is there for anyone willing to work for it. His inspiring journey is what makes him South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Woman with cerebral palsy to compete in bodybuilding contest

Toni was born with cerebral palsy, but she doesn't let those obstacles keep her from following her dreams.