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Entrepreneur finds his niche in Waveland

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Story and photo by Ellis Anderson// In 2012, S&L Office Supplies in Waveland nearly gave up the ghost; then new owner Chris Cochran infused it with vision, experience and fresh vitality.  Cochran had been keeping an eye on S&L, believing it had untapped potential. He didn’t know much about the office supply trade, but he had years of experience as a successful businessman. For the first year, Cochran held a…

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A Majure renovation

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Photography by William Colgin Story by Dana Sleger// Old charm meets modern elegance. When Winfield and Gail Majure spotted a Southern Planters Cottage in Gulfport’s historic old Handsboro area, the decision to buy wasn’t a hard one. The 3,100-square-foot home was built in the late 1800s and is nestled on three acres of wooded property. Although well cared for, the last renovation took place in the 50s and was in…

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1st Crawfish Fest Queen crowned

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This year marks the 24th year of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi. Although most fairs and festivals celebrate the special event with a pageant, a touch of royalty was missing — that is, until Tori Bishop, an account manager with WXXV25, set out on a mission to add some pageantry pizzazz. When she approached Kendra Simpson, event marketing manager with the Coliseum, about the need for…

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How to shop for annuals

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by Dr. Lelia Scott Kelly// Garden centers and nurseries are in full swing and loaded with great plants. For quick color and longevity of bloom, nothing beats annuals or bedding plants as they are known in the trade. Follow the tips below to get the biggest bang for your buck. Annuals are purchased because they are fast growing, have tons of blooms or have great colorful foliage, for example, coleus,…

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Sky high progress on the horizon

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by Kimberly K. Aguillard// On March 18, 2016, the Port of Gulfport staff waited patiently for the first glimpse of their three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes to appear among the fog and rain. Though having the cranes arrive on a much sunnier day would have been nice, the excitement that filled the air will never be forgotten for those that had the opportunity to witness their arrival in person. The…

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Journey to ‘feeling like me’ again: Mom becomes fitness coach, finds herself after two pregnancies

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by Elaine Stevens// Getting fit for a summer of beaching it in a bikini after the winter blues isn’t easy for anyone of any age. However, for young mothers with full-time careers, it’s even more difficult — unless you get a little help from your friends, like the Beatles’ song says. Alden Johnson found a way to lose weight after her second child, build back her self-confidence, and build a…

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Redefining motherhood

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by Myrna Beth Haskell// My daughter and I were lounging by the fire pit talking about college, friendships, what holds a marriage together, and world peace. It suddenly hit me. The beautiful, young woman beside me — tanned from her summer job as a lifeguard and a s’mores sandwich in hand — was all grown up.  The funny thing? I realized I was listening differently. I genuinely craved her opinion…

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Victory through adversity

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by Lana Martin// “Although God uses storms to shape us through His power, the storms of life do not define you as a person.  You are better than the trial you are enduring.” When you are in the storms of life, sometimes your praise becomes weakened. Negative words began to manifest in your mind, and it seems the storm begins to define you. God has promised us in the time…

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Grilled salmon is perfect for summer

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by Danie Rodriquez// The weather has warmed up and it is the time of year for all of the family get-togethers around the grill. It seems that when we pull the grills out, we also pull out the same recipes over and over again. Burgers, chicken and ribs are great for any party, but what if we change it up a bit? We live on the beautiful Gulf Coast and…

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Pink Lotus inspired by a promise to make a difference

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by Jocelyn Gavin Lane// As I waited for the results of yet another breast biopsy, this time I promised God that if I were cancer-free I would live out my dreams and give back to the community. In 2013, Pink Lotus was born! The Pink Lotus Project is a not-for-profit organization focused on empowering women and girls across the Gulf Coast. Pink Lotus has several initiatives that assist hundreds of…