Sandi Lewis's mission to help troubled women began when she volunteered for a jail ministry at her local church. The women she encountered behind bars -- many of them minor offenders -- impacted her and she wanted to help them out. She founded the Philadelphia, Miss. chapter of the CWJC. CWJC helps women who are unemployed and underemployed learn life-work skills for self-sufficiency and employment. To start the chapter she had to go through an extensive program through the national association. Because her region was so small, she opened the program to all women in need of the services in the Philadelphia/Neshoba County area. Sandi became so involved in the chapter that she quit her paying job to dedicate her energy full-time to CWJC Philadelphia. The program started in 2007 and in five years it has helped over 53 women.
Jay Stokes started organizing youth hunts in 2003, when he was managing deer for a private land owner. He and some friends guided seven kids from Palmer Home for Children, a local foster home, on their first hunt. The hunt became an annual event and Jay then expanded to include more outdoors activities: archery, fishing and camping. Jay also opened up the program to help children with disabilities. Jay's father was not a hunter; in fact, it was a neighbor down the street who taught Jay to hunt. Now Jay is that neighbor giving other kids the opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Break Away Outdoors was officially registered as a non-profit in 2010 and continues to provide outdoor activities to kids in need year 'round.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 men and injured 16 more. The accident got tons of attention for the environmental catastrophe, but not nearly as much was given to those whose lives were lost. Here's an opportunity to remember them. In this episode we meet Carl Taylor, a radio dispatcher at time of the accident, and Courtney Kemp, whose husband Roy was an assistant driller killed in the explosion.
The Neshoba County Fair is called Mississippi's Giant House Party. Families gather from across the country every summer for a week-long reunion. The Fair Cabin is the center of activity and the front porch is the most popular place for gathering. Neighborhoods such as Happy Hollow, Sunset Strip, Founders Square and Greenleaf Hollow all have their own personalities and traditions. Great food is another attraction at the Fair. Meals are the result of months of planning. Gallons of tea, lemonade and coolers of ice are always plentiful in every cabin. There are plenty of other things at the Fair: merry-go-rounds to ride, prizes to win, new friends to make and old ones to see again. There's an antique car parade and a chair race that just can't be explained. In fact the Fair itself can't really be explained. Only when you've walked in the sawdust covered square on hot summer day can you begin to understand.
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