PICAYUNE — Children's International Medical Group held a grand opening and Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at their first Mississippi location, located in Picayune. The clinic is the eleventh for the group to open under Dr. Eduardo Hernandez. “We have practiced in Slidell, La. since 1992. We had experienced influx of patients from Pearl River County. It is hard on the patients and their families to travel back and forth. Our late hours accommodate working families and our staff consists of only the best. Most are either from this area or live close to it,” Hernandez said. “Picayune is the best possible choice to place our first Mississippi clinic, due to our existing customer base and its proximity to major cities and Stennis Space Center. It is a good, solid, first step in our clinic growth and expansion into Mississippi.” Rep. Steven Palazzo, DA Hal Kittrell, local attorney and former DA Buddy McDonald, and Sheriff David Allison spoke along with Hernandez. State Sen. Angela Hill, District 5 Councilman Wayne Gouget and County Judge Richelle Lumpkin were also in attendance. Palazzo praised the clinic for its community activism and for choosing Picayune as its first Mississippi location. “Access to medical care is vital. I commend the clinic for not only its dedication to patient care and accessibility, I applaud it for choosing Picayune as its first location. Out of the 14 counties, it is evident that city and elected officials work closely here for the good of the community.” He also commended Pearl River County United and the officials present on the group’s behalf for reaching out to young people to educate them on options to drugs. “It is important today, more than ever, that we as parents be engaged with our children and lead by example. They must have structure, discipline and attention in the home. They must not be left to raise themselves,” he said. To celebrate the opening, PRC United Coalition introduced their mascot Captain Shield to students who participated in an art contest where they were instructed to illustrate their favorite health hero. More than 60 entries were received and from those, student artists were chosen for cash prizes. Children’s International Medical Group is located at 1016 Sixth Ave, Suite A. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 601-798-5558.
Children’s International Medical Group
United Way, library offer free programs for children
The United Way of South Mississippi (UWSM) has issued a press release stating that it now has more than 500 children enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children.
Christmas on the Rails and Shop by Candlelight recap
Christmas on the Rails has come and gone for 2013, but what remains are lots of happy memories for all who attended the event, in spite of inclement weather earlier in the day. The event combined Picayune Main Street Shop by Candlelight and Greater Picayune Art Council’s Art Works.
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.
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