PICAYUNE — Picayune Main Street, Inc. has relocated to the Intermodal Transportation and Tourism Center at 200 Hwy 11 South. With the change in location the organization is also shifting focus back to the four points of the Main Street Approach according to President Bill Edwards. Edwards says, “The move to our new location in the Intermodal gives Main Street more visibility and the opportunity to closely partner with the city. Main Street must have the support of the city in making such events as the Street Fair, Egg Drop, Shop by Candle Light and other Main Street events a success. “In this day and time, grant money is difficult to find and it is hoped that Main Street and the city can compliment each other in finding funds to support downtown beautification and development of under and non-utilized buildings.” Picayune City Manager Jim Luke, said, “We welcome Main Street back to the Intermodal. We are excited to work closely with Main Street in efforts to expand the footprint of recent beautification efforts from the courthouse throughout all of the downtown.” A condensed version of the four points of the Main Street Approach are: Organization — which establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. By recruiting volunteers and partnering with a broad cross section of the community, the program can incorporate a wide range of perspectives into its efforts. The fundamental organizational structure of volunteer-driven revitalization programs includes a governing board of directors and standing committees. Volunteers are coordinated and supported by a paid program manager. This structure is advantageous because it not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds agreement and cooperation among the various team members. Promotion — The goal is to create a positive image that will kindle pride in the community and improve outside consumer and investor confidence in the downtown commercial district based on its unique characteristics. Design — Through creating a downtown area that is safe, inviting, and showcases well maintained beautification enhancements throughout with attention to: Signage, all buildings, public spaces and parking areas, window displays and merchandising, a positive message and appealing atmosphere will be conveyed. Economic Restructuring — By retaining and growing a balanced mix of existing businesses, sharpening the competitiveness of and merchandising skills of owners, as well as attracting new businesses that the market can support, the community will experience stronger economic assets while also diversifying the economic base. “I worked with Mayor Spiers back in 1996 to have Picayune become a Main Street community. The city worked with us then and we are working closely with them now. We have to work closely with our city government to make this a success and we now have the best team I ever have had. This is doable. By returning to the four points of the Main Street Approach, we will attract new members and revitalize our program and downtown area, as we have done in years past. Granted, the economy was better in those years but it can and will happen again,” said Edwards. For more information on the four point Main Street Approach visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-approach/.
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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