OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — Ocean Springs resident Donald Young, who served as a merchant seaman during World War II in both the Pacific and European Theaters, will be honored with placement on the Seaman Memorial on Front Beach.
The ceremony will be held Saturday at 9 am
“I am excited to honor Mr. Young and present his plaque to be placed on the Seaman’s Memorial,” said Ocean Springs alderman Mike Impey. “We are very fortunate to have this World War II Merchant Marine veteran living in our community.”
Dedicated to Mississippi merchant mariners who served their country in peacetime as well as combat, the memorial displays plaques bearing the names of those honored, providing a lasting memorial to seafarers who served under the American flag.
A special section is devoted to seamen who lost their lives at sea, while serving their country, or in the pursuit of making their livelihood from the sea.
Pascagoula banker retiring after 50 years of service
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Herman Smith, a vice president for Merchant & Marine Bank and a very active member of the local community, is retiring Friday after 50 years in the banking industry — 33 of those with M&M Bank.
Smith, a earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and then graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining M&M Bank, he worked for Hancock Bank (now Hancock Whitney) and Depositors Savings Association in Pascagoula.
Long active in the community, Smith volunteers with organizations including the Salvation Army, United Way for Jackson/George counties and is the current treasurer of Main Street Pascagoula. He is also a member of the Pascagoula Rotary Club and a member of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
Smith and his wife, Mary, have one son, Michael Smith, and are members of First Baptist Church in Pascagoula.
A retirement party is set for Friday from 11 am to 2 pm at M&M Bank’s main location at 3118 Pascagoula Street in Pascagoula.
Ocean Springs educator named to state Teacher Advisory Council
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — Corey Garcia, a mathematics teacher at Ocean Springs High School, is one of 52 educators statewide recently named to the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council by the Mississippi Department of Education.
The MTAC, launched in 2016, now includes 309 educators representing schools in urban and rural settings and an array of content areas, including general education, arts, special education and career and technical education.
The MTAC aims to empower teachers to discuss topics critical to their success in the classroom and to share suggestions on how MDE can assist. In addition, members will provide feedback on a variety of MDE initiatives.
“It is so important to hear first-hand accounts from Mississippi teachers about how MDE’s work on the state level affects their work on the local level,” said interim state superintendent Kim Benton.. “I look forward to meeting all MTAC members during sessions in the coming months as we collaborate to achieve successful student outcomes.”