By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
PICAYUNE — The Pearl River County Board or Realtors held its general membership meeting last Thursday at Holiday Inn Express Stennis Space Center-Picayune.
The Scholarship Committee awarded three $500 scholarships to area students at the meeting. Kelsey Farr of Pearl River Central High School, Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High School and Cheyenne Ladner of Picayune Memorial High School were named as scholarship recipients.
Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero spoke on his goals for the new term in office, newly elected city council member and broker Tammy Valente’ spoke on her goals for her term and Jeff McClain with the Pearl River County Utility Management Authority spoke on recently completed projects, effects of Hurricane Isaac and upcoming projects.
Pinero expressed gratitude for his supporters and said, “I’m humbled by the support and confidence of our community. I will continue to listen and focus on the quality of life for not only Picayune but Pearl River County.
“While growing up in Henleyfield, I never really knew where the city of Picayune lines stopped.”
Pinero, a Certified Flood Manager, also addressed flood zoning, insurance and legislation that could effect residents.
“Flood insurance will continue to go up until homeowners are paying actual rates according to FEMA, if everything goes as proposed. We in Pearl River County must make sure that we support our congressmen and senators who work to keep the prices down,” Pinero said.
Valente’ thanked the group for its support and promised to support and sell Picayune.
“I will work side-by-side with all of you to make Picayune a better place to live, improve our education standards and attract more industry,” said Valente’.