PICAYUNE — The City of Picayune began a partnership with Pearl River Central High School this past year in a pilot program to supply its own flowers and greenery for flower beds throughout the city. The program, which has been in the works for two years, became a reality as plants were put in the ground in the median area by Exit 6 on Mississippi Highway 43. On hand for the event were Pearl River Central Assistant Principal and Vocational Director Kelli Beech, Pearl River Central Horticultural Teacher Deborah Morrison, City of Picayune Public Works Director Eric Morris, City of Picayune Grounds and Beautification Director Daryl Smith, along with Grounds and Beautification worker Angela Wood. Morris, said, “This is the brainchild of Daryl Smith. When we began the city beautification initiative, we realized the expense that keeping a community the size of Picayune would demand. We knew we needed to find a way to supply our own greenery and plants to have a shot at making a visual impact each season. At first, we looked into purchasing a green house to grow our plants and it would have required an investment of approximately $2,000. “Daryl suggested we contact PRC and find out about them helping with the project as part of a horticulture curriculum. I applaud him for thinking outside of the box.” Once the program was underway, Smith said he went to the school several times to check on progress and was pleasantly surprised with his interaction with students. “We were excited to see how excited they were. The students really got into the program,” he said. Morrison agreed with Smith and added, “We are so glad that (Smith) sought us out and approached us with this project. The students knew this was their baby and took ownership of it from the beginning. They came in during breaks to check on their plants. It was really fun to see how invested they were. “Now they can pass by and see their work and enjoy the fruit of their labor along with the rest of the community. We are all proud to have played a part in the betterment of our community,” said vice-Principal Beech. Picayune City Manager Jim Luke and Picayune Main Street Manager Reba Beebe both had glowing comments to give about the program and those who participated in it. “We want to express our appreciation for the partnership with PRC in beautifying our city. They have saved our city a total of over $1,500; so it has definitely been a cost saving endeavor for the city and it gives us the capability to expand our city beautification footprint. We will now be able to progress in our goal of cleaning up and beautifying our city,” said Luke. “Our goal and vision is to make Picayune the Fairhope, Ala. of South Mississippi. We are just getting started, just as the city of Fairhope once began with their beautification program 20 years ago. We have a clear vision of where we are headed and are using creative problem solving approaches to financial challenges along the way.” Beebe said, “ A ‘win-win’ project was my first thought, when I heard about the flower project between PRC Students in the Agriscience Department and Daryl Smith’s beautification project for the city. This is a great learning experience for PRC and saved money for the city of Picayune’s beautification budget. “Teaching students about nature from planting seeds and transferring to bigger containers as they grow provided direct hands-on learning for students and also a valuable educational opportunity for both staff and students for years to come,” she said. “We have great prospects for the future and hope for more partnerships like this one as we progress. It is partnerships like this that make it economically viable to expand our beautification efforts,” said Luke.
Picayune Community Spotlight: Picayune Police Department
The Picayune Police Department has had a year of progress in the war on drugs, 911 capability and high visibility which in no small part has been due to focus on goals; cooperation of city officials and community support and departmental commitment— for example, everyone received the Chief’s Award from Police Chief Bryan Dawsey at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Parker brings Christmas to 95 children
Cathryn Paker has spent all year diligently working on giftboxes for children she will never see. On Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year, she presented those 95 giftboxes for children in need to Christian Care Ministries on behalf of herself and her church, St. Barnabus Anglican Church.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
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