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Fireworks explode in a night sky
July 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Pets

We celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, and I dread holidays that include fireworks celebrations. The noises that accompany those light-filled sky displays absolutely terrify my dogs. However, there are a few things you can do to ease your pets’ fear and keep them safe.

a collage of various poison look alikes.
June 10, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health, Food

Summertime is here. School is out and children are spending more time at home. Do you know what potential poisons are in your household? Could you, your children, or your babysitter mistake a harmful product for a safe product? You may be surprised by how often these close calls happen!

Hands holding a mobile phone.
April 22, 2022 - Filed Under: Technology, Family, Family Financial Management, Fraud and Identity Theft

Scams come in a variety of disguises, and some of them are very convincing. It can be especially hard to ignore phone calls from what appears to be a legitimate community business, organization or individual. But those calls could be coming from scammers anywhere in the world. Telemarketers out to defraud customers use caller ID spoofing to intentionally hide their identity by falsifying the information transmitted to someone’s caller ID.

An adult pumps gas into a car at a gas station.
March 15, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

Gas prices have been inching up for months, but the recent overnight increases have many people looking for ways to keep costs down. According to AAA, gas prices in Mississippi average $3.99 per gallon of regular unleaded. A month ago, that average was $3.14; a year ago, it was $2.48.

A faucet drips water.
February 17, 2022 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Water, SipSafe

You probably know how dangerous lead is, especially for children. Even low levels can have long term effects on a child’s development. The most important thing you can do is lessen your exposure or avoid lead exposure altogether.

February 17, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been awarded $5 million to directly impact early-childhood education in the state by developing a new curriculum for children from birth through age 5. The funds will be used to develop “My Mississippi Adventures,” a developmentally appropriate, integrated curriculum to be used in licensed child care facilities.

Calculator, pencil, receipts and monthly budget sheets on a table.
February 15, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management, Basic Money Management

The first step to achieving financial fitness is creating a budget, but that first step can be hard to take. This step-by-step approach makes the budgeting process less intimidating.

Coins stacked on a monthly budgeting form.
January 24, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management, Basic Money Management

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your finances in order, start with creating a budget. A comprehensive plan for your spending and saving benefits you now and for years to come. 

December 1, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, MSU Extension Head Start

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start program is hiring for various positions in Harrison County. Head Start needs qualified candidates to fill positions including lead teachers, assistant teachers, a project coordinator, an educational leader, a floater, an administrative assistant, an office associate, an assistant cook and a custodian.

Closeup of a person cleaning leaves out of a gutter.
November 16, 2021 - Filed Under: Family

Take what’s left of this fall to make sure your home is ready for cold weather. Winterizing your home can save you money on your heating bills and help you avoid costly repairs.

November 11, 2021 - Filed Under: MSU Extension Head Start

Mississippi State University will hold a Nov. 16 job fair to look for qualified people who love working with children and want to make a difference for them and their families. Positions are available for Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, assistant teachers, floaters, an education leader, an administrative assistant and an office associate.

A small red toy house rests in a woman’s open hands.
September 9, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

A status known as “heirs’ property” legally ties up thousands of acres of land across Mississippi, making it almost impossible for owners to capitalize on the value of their assets. Heirs’ property is land that has been passed down from one generation to the next without specific ownership, increasing the number of property owners. Some owners know they have a portion of the property, while others may not even know they are legal owners.

A dog lies on the grass in the shade.
July 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Pets

Heat stress in dogs is just as serious and life-threatening as it is for humans. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), high temperatures can be dangerous for your dogs, even when it doesn’t seem that hot to you. So, I take steps to help make sure my dogs can stay cool when they are outdoors.

Two dogs sit and look at the camera.
May 28, 2021 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Family, Pets

Although June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, there can be many kinds of environmental disasters. Natural disasters, including straight-line winds, tornadoes, fires, and floods, are all uncontrollable events that can happen at any time. A comprehensive disaster plan along with a disaster kit can help you respond quickly and make it easier to recover from one of these events. But don’t forget your pets! They need a disaster plan and kit, too.

March 25, 2021 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Healthy Homes Initiative, Mississippi Well Owner Network

 Private well workshops in four counties this spring will help homeowners improve their drinking water sources.

Airtight jars of cereal, rice and flour sit in a cupboard.
March 24, 2021 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Food, Household Insects

We’ve experienced some spring-like weather, and that may have you thinking about refreshing some areas of your home. When you’re doing your spring cleaning, don’t overlook the kitchen pantry where stored-food pests can thrive.

Six children stand in a hallway wearing paper masks depicting billy goats.
March 23, 2021 - Filed Under: MSU Extension Head Start

Harrison County parents who hope to give their pre-kindergarten children a boost in school are encouraged to enroll them now for the upcoming school year with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program.

A pen lies on top of a will.
February 4, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management, Estate and Financial Planning

Death isn’t something we like to think about. I personally would rather concentrate on living, but I learned something recently. Almost everyone needs an estate plan and a will. Spending the time and effort it takes to put your wishes in writing and having it legally declared will save your heirs money, time, and heartache.

A hand holds onto the tag inside a garment.
January 26, 2021 - Filed Under: Master Clothing Volunteers, Family

Clothes manufacturers have made upkeep simple for many items of clothing, but owners may not always know how to handle pieces that need special care in the wash.

A woman and man walk for exercise.
January 11, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

A new year often signals a new start or reboot, which is a great thing. For many, this means setting health and wellness goals like losing weight, eating healthier, and being more physically active.To be able to achieve your goals and make your resolutions a reality, your goals need to be realistic and measurable.

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