Month: August 2011


I love my job, and I always thoroughly enjoy doing interviews and writing about the interesting people of the Gulf Coast. The subject of our August cover is Mr. Eric Zala, the Executive Director of the Mary C in Ocean Springs. He has such an extraordinary story, guaranteed to make you smile and feel really great from head to toe. This is the stuff that dreams are made of!
School will begin soon and GTP has all the latest information and helpful tips to make it a fun, happy and healthy year for your kids.
Have you ever thought about actually swapping houses with someone for a unique and unusual vacation?  It is becoming a very popular trend and this month in Getaways, we will show you how it works!
Biloxi Immigration Attorney, Ellaine Carr, is our Mover and Shaker figure for August. She shares her insights and provides imperative information that can save lives. An immigrant herself from the Philippines, she has taken up the mantle to assist immigrants in the United States.
And on a personal note…my mother will celebrate her 87th birthday this month. She was born in 1924 and is still going strong. I love you mom – Happy Birthday.
All This…And So Much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Eric Zala, the Incredible Life Story of an Ocean Springs Native

The 80s…it was when technology began to take us places we never thought possible. The home computer was introduced, and nothing would ever be the same. Kids now had an impressive assortment of playthings at every level of sophistication. This new market catered to the little darlings, to the tune of over 13 billion dollars in sales. The digital age had revolutionalized play time. Kids became glued to television screens, sitting for hours on end to save the world from Space Invaders or help Donkey Kong jump over barrels. Thankfully, three very resourceful, imaginative and bright little boys in South Mississippi decided they would spend the decade making a movie instead! With little more than allowance money to buy props and costumes, as well as using whatever they could find, they created a nearly shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 blockbuster, Raiders of the Lost Ark. To date, the film has been screened all over world to sell out crowds…and that is just the beginning. (more…)


In Sunday, September 4th, the gates open at 1:30 pm on the grounds of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center for one of the biggest, loudest, most bad ass line up of Rock stars in CPR Fest history!  97.9 WCPR partnered with The Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival to bring you the biggest Rock Tour of the Summer. No wonder CPR is the #1 radio station of the Gulf Coast. (more…)

Ellaine Carr Immigration Attorney Extraordinaire

Any lawyer can tell you, that immigration law is one of the toughest fields in which to specialize.  But for Biloxi attorney Ellaine Carr, it is a mission from the heart.  An immigrant herself hailing from the Philippines, Ellaine has taken up the mantle to help immigrants to the United States in a variety of ways.  She is also active in supporting other Mississippi attorneys by providing training and mentorship. (more…)

Chefs of the Coast Expands this Year’s Celebration into an Entire Weekend Event

How do you make a 29-year old tradition that celebrates the food and drink of the Mississippi Gulf Coast even better? You make it bigger. And that is what the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, the group that hosts the annual Chefs of the Coast event, are planning. This year’s event has been expanded to a three-day event to give those traveling in for the festival even more entertainment. (more…)


The Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence (The Center) has been providing support and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and to family members of homicide victims in Jackson and George Counties for more than thirty years.  The 2010 closing of the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter in Pascagoula left a huge gap in services for domestic violence victims in that area.  To address the immediate needs of domestic violence victims in Jackson and George Counties and close this gap, the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence will open a Domestic Violence Shelter facility in Jackson County.  The Center will ensure victims of domestic violence have  necessary emergency shelter and access to a comprehensive array of services, including crisis intervention, individual and group counseling for adults and children, court advocacy, case management and childcare. (more…)