PICAYUNE — There is a bit of a renaissance occurring in Pearl River County. This is happening one building at a time. It seems to be happening rather quietly, but the end results are going to help shape the future of the county and the cities located here. In Picayune, the Pearl River County Administration Building on Goodyear Boulevard first comes to mind. This building, which has been in operation for a few years now, replaced an outdated factory that once stood on the site. The new Highland Community Hospital located on Hwy 11 North is a dramatic improvement to the facility that it replaced. The newest addition within the Picayune city limits is the City Hall expansion which will complement the historical City Hall facility. Of special note concerning the City Hall expansion is that this $2 million investment has no long term financing to drag down the local taxpayers for years to come. Poplarville is also benefitting from the construction of new facilities, especially on the Pearl River Community College campus. The Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Performing Arts will open within the next few months. This center will provide an outstanding venue for musical, theatrical and other performances. Also, under construction is the M.R. White Coliseum, which will replace the coliseum of the same name that was heavily damage during Hurricane Katrina. This facility will provide a place for basketball and other sporting events, as well as large events such as PRCC’s graduation ceremonies. Also, several residential dormitories and instructional buildings have been constructed, or remodeled on campus in the past several years. Hopefully, next on the priority list, from a community perspective will be to remodel the Pearl River County Courthouse, which is in dire need of updating. The impact of these large construction projects goes way beyond the typical measures, such as the number of construction jobs provided and the business impact to local suppliers of materials. These new facilities build pride and commitment into the community. When industry prospects come to our county from other states or countries, having architecturally appealing buildings with modern features will only improve our chances of competing for their business. The cultivation of our community will ultimately maximize local job growth.
HCH: Reliable cardiac C.A.R.E.
A recent Community Health Needs Assessment was performed with the
information provided by a steering committee comprised of local
community leaders, patients and employees of Highland Community
Hospital (HCH) and assistance from HORNE LLP, in addition to
information retrieved from state and national databases.
The graduation maze
The Mississippi Department of Education has laid out a new plan that provides more options when it comes to graduating from high school. As the title of this column implies, it is quite a maze and somewhat complicated. But that is OK. Life is not simple, and the many decisions that young people have to make are sometimes daunting.
Storms make historical impact
This column is designated for economic development issues in and around the county. But at this time I feel it a huge burden to discuss the the parallels between Katrina, which impacted the entire region economically and every other area that could be impacted.
For us longtime residents of south Mississippi and Louisiana it is near impossible not to make comparisons between the destructive storm that hit the Phillipines and the experiences of August of 2005. Both storms certainly changed the lives of many residents of both areas. For the residents of that lived through Katrina, Haiyan will certainly be a benchmark in their lives.
Nissan of Picayune welcomes Dan Crumpler
Dan Crumpler is the newest addition to the team at Nissan of Picayune. The general manager said he chose the Picayune dealership from five potential dealerships because of the small town community, friendly people and the potential for growth he felt that the dealership had.
AEF opens new facility
Avon Engineered Fabrication (AEF) held its grand opening on Wednesday at its new facility at 113 Street A in the Picayune Industrial Park.
Education is economic driver
The latest labor market information indicates that Pearl River County has an unemployment rate of 8.0 %. Pearl River County ranked 23rd on the August 2013 report issued by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security; Rankin County topped the list with an unemployment rate of 4.7%. Comparisons with some of our neighboring counties find Lamar County at 5.9%, Harrison and Forrest Counties at
7.7%, Hancock County at 7.8%, and Marion County at 9.6%. The average
rate for all of Mississippi falls in at 8.4%.
Frizz opens for business
Frizz Salon, LLC, celebrated their opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting on October 1, at 9 a.m.
Furloughed can apply for unemployment; must meet criteria
“Go ahead and apply for employment benefits. If you have worked at least 5 consecutive quarters and meet the other standard criteria, we have been advised from the U.S. Department of Labor to accept and process these claims just as any other claim.”
—Miss. Department of Labor Communications Department Catherine Stokes
Brownstone Center for the Arts – the ‘big picture’ for impact
Pearl River Community College (PRCC) marked the grand opening of the Brownstone Center for the Arts with a spectacular performance by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The Brownstone Center was made possible by Pearl River County native Ethel Holden Brownstone. The 1931 graduate of Pearl River Agricultural High School and Junior College bestowed a substantial gift to PRCC, of which $4 million was invested into the Center.
View community events at www.picayunechamber.org
The Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce's website allows any Chamber member or community organization to submit an event for consideration by Chamber staff to be included on the chamber's website,picayunechamber.org.
Once the event has been approved and posted on the Chamber's website it will also post to Facebook two days prior to the event and will be advertised on The Chamber Insight which is emailed to over 600 contacts each week.
See complete article in 9.21.2013 E-edition of the Picayune Item.
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