You may have a hard time finding a good answer when posting in Ocean Springs, MS.
However, having grown up in the Charlotte, NC area, I can give some insight to that area.
Depending on where you are wanting to be, South Charlotte (Pineville) is one of the favorites for me. It offers good schools and plenty to do. If you were looking North of Charlotte, you could look at Huntersville, or even Concord/Kannapolis areas.
If you want someone to give you more information, please feel free to contact me by email or phone (228.365.1883) and I can put you on to a friend of mine who is an excellent Real Estate Broker in the Charlotte metro area - I am sure she can shed a lot more light on the area than I since I have not lived there in about 10 years. I do still visit annually, but I have not been in the day to day in quite some time :-)