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News Briefs: Ingalls Begins Work on New Amphibious Transport Dock Vessel

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Ingalls Shipbuilding marked the start of construction of the U.S. Navy’s newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship Pittsburgh (LPD 31) on Wednesday.

The start of manufacturing means that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut for the ship.

“The start of manufacturing on LPD 31 demonstrates our ability to continue to manufacture quality vessels for our Navy and Marine Corps partners,” said Mike Pruitt, Ingalls LPD program manager. “Our shipbuilders are delighted to reach this milestone in construction and are committed to seeing Pittsburgh serve our nation well in the future.

Ingalls delivered 12 San Antonio-class ships at the Navy, with three more under construction, including Richard M. McCool (LPD 29), Harrisburg (LPD 30) and Pittsburgh (LPD 31), which will be the second LPD Flight II.

LPD 31 is the fifth Navy ship to be named after the historic Pennsylvania town. The first ship was an ironclad gunboat and saw service in the American Civil War. Since then, the name Pittsburgh has been assigned to four ships that served the United States during the conflict.

LPD Flight II is the new generation of amphibious vessel to replace the Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harper’s Ferry (LSD 49) classes of dock landing craft. Amphibious transport docks are an important part of the Navy’s expeditionary force in the 21st century, deployed with a United States Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force for amphibious and expeditionary crisis response operations.

Presidential Award Nominations Open for Mississippi Math and Science Teachers 7-12

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Department of Education invites nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The awards are the highest honor given to American teachers of science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science in grades 7-12. The awards alternate each year between K-6 and 7-12 teachers.

Two teachers from Mississippi will be selected for the PAEMST 2022-23 award cycle. National winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, recognition at a ceremony at the White House, and the opportunity to provide input on policies to improve science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science.

Parents, students, fellow educators, or members of the public may nominate a Grade 7-12 teacher who teaches science, technology, engineering, or math as part of their contractual teaching responsibilities at the level from 7th to 12th grade. Teachers can also introduce themselves.

Applications are open through January 9, 2023, and teachers must complete the application process by February 6, 2023. To nominate a teacher or apply, visit

“There are so many Mississippi teachers in grades 7 through 12 who deserve a PAEMST award for their dedication to students in science and math,” said Acting State Superintendent Kim Benton. “I encourage friends, families and colleagues to nominate a teacher who achieves positive results for their students and who is passionate about teaching and learning. Teachers can also seriously consider nominating themselves.

Eligible teachers must have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher by the 2022-2023 school year, with assignments teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics in each of the past five years.

Congress established the PAEMST awards in 1983. The National Science Foundation administers the awards on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

USM Alumni Invited to Participate in Pride of Mississippi Alumni Band

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Alumni of the “Pride of Mississippi,” the University of Southern Mississippi marching band, are invited to return to the Hattiesburg campus to participate with the Pride of Mississippi Alumni Band on Nov. 19.

The show will include a special dedication in honor of Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo, Director of Groups Emeritus, whose 28 years tenure at Southern Miss has left a lasting impact on countless students in the group program.

The School of Music will celebrate Fraschillo’s legacy by naming the Mannoni Performing Arts Center stage in his honor.

There will be events throughout the weekend, including an on-campus pep rally on Friday night, a halftime performance with the Pride of Mississippi on Saturday, and other activities, including a special performance of the Wind Ensemble.

The match day schedule is still pending announcement of the match start time, which will be determined by TV coverage. Alumni should plan to arrive in Hattiesburg Friday evening or very early Saturday morning, November 19. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Alumni are invited to participate in the show or simply be part of the festivities. Options range from $60 tickets, which include lunch, entry to the football game, and a black Pride of Mississippi Alumni Band polo shirt, or $40 for those who purchased an Alumni Band polo shirt.

Registration and more information are available at

The City of Pascagoula will begin reimbursing water deposits in October

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — City of Pascagoula water customers with accounts in good standing will begin receiving deposit refunds from the Pascagoula Utilities Department beginning in mid-October.

Customers who have made on-time payments each month for the past two years and who are not “otherwise indebted” to the city can have their deposit refunded upon request, according to a city statement.

Refunds will be issued as credits to the customer’s account and it may take up to 30 days for refunds to appear on the customer’s statement.

“The cost of living is increasing and unfortunately as our contract with Waste Pro has increased we have to increase the cost of solid waste collection by $11 per month beginning October 1, 2022,” the city manager said. of Pascagoula, Michael Silverman. “These water deposit refunds are a way to thank citizens who pay on time and get money back in their pockets.

Owners and tenants are entitled to reimbursement of the water deposit. Companies are not eligible. The refund policy can be applied retroactively, so account holders who already meet the required criteria can apply.

Although refunds won’t start being issued until mid-October, citizens can begin filling out applications immediately. Residents can download a reimbursement request form at the following link:

Completed forms can be hand delivered to the Utilities Office at 622 Delmas Avenue or mailed to the Pascagoula Utilities Department, 622 Delmas Ave., Pascagoula MS 39567.

Mississippi Songwriters Festival to be held next week in Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — The 13th annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival is scheduled for next week in downtown Ocean Springs and Gautier.

The four-day event runs Sept. 15-18, with the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony opening the event Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts. Center.

This year’s inductees are Bobbie Gentry, Robert Johnson, Hank Cochran, Clay Mills and Conway Twitty. The ceremony will include performances of the inductees’ songs and an update on the fame center and amphitheater planned as part of the Town Commons project in Gautier.

Some of the artists who will perform during the festival include Moose Brown, David Lee, Mark Sherill, Dave Pahanish, Jason Duke and Tricia Walker.

All the schedules of the places and the artists of the festival are available on

The Department of Marine Resources invites entries for the Calendar Photo Contest

BILOXI, Mississippi — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources invites the public to submit photos for a contest that will ultimately determine the photos to be used in the DMR’s 2023 calendar.

Photos submitted must depict some aspect of the marine resources available on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including recreational and commercial fishing, coastal preserves, marine plant and animal life, wetlands, boating, and seafood. Mississippi Sea.

Images submitted must be a high-resolution JPEG or .jpg file, 3MB or greater in size, 300 dpi, and horizontal format. Entries must be digital and emailed to [email protected] by October 28, with the photographer’s first and last name, phone number, brief description or title of the photo, where it was taken and numbered photos (if submitting more than one photo).

Photos previously submitted for the DMR calendar are not eligible. Photographers retain copyright to all submitted photos, but authorize MDMR to continue to use all submitted photos for promotional or marketing purposes in any future publication.

Ingalls honors 27 employees for four decades of continuous service

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Ingalls Shipbuilding honors 27 “master shipbuilders” who have provided the shipyard with 40 years of continuous service beginning in 2022.

The designation of “master shipbuilder” is reserved for those whose Ingalls career spans four decades, which is nearly half of the shipyard’s 84-year history.

“The focus and dedication of these master shipbuilders sets Ingalls apart in the industry and allows us to continue building first-class ships for our country,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “Shipbuilding is difficult and complex, and these shipbuilders have been pursuing our mission for decades. On behalf of HII and Ingalls, we congratulate and thank you.

Master shipbuilders typically hold various positions within the company during their career. From recruiting talent and training the next generation of shipbuilders, to designing, manufacturing and testing ships, every role supports shipbuilding and is critical to Ingalls’ success in delivering ships, including including amphibious warfare ships, destroyers and national security cutters.

This year’s Master Shipbuilders Class includes Robert Adams, Joel Alford, Lonnie Arnold, Ray Bailey, Jeffrey Bruno, William Burns, James Busch, Donald Cates, Dennis Dominique, Donna Gardner, Rodney Hankins, Pete Harrell III, Tara Hooks, Jimmy Lum, David Malbrough, Terry McLendon, Anthony Moore, Carl Nazarian, Keith O’Brien, Melanie Olsen, David Pendergast, Steven Pierce, Jeffrey Robinson, Anthony Rogers, Cynthia Stevens, Bernice Webb and Dennis Woodard.

In July, Ingalls announced that it would add more than 2,000 full-time employees as part of its future workforce.