It’s that time of year once again.
Prep football practice starts on Monday for teams all across the state of Mississippi, including the three here in Pearl River County. Picayune, Pearl River Central and Poplarville all kick off pre-season training sessions in preparation for the upcoming season which begins in less than three weeks.
For only the second time in history, all three teams in Pearl River County made the state playoffs last season.
Poplarville will be the first local team to kick off the new campaign, when the Hornets hit the road to face Raliegh on Friday, Aug. 23. The next day, Pearl River Central faces the host Gulfport team in the second game of the Shrimp Bowl Classic doubleheader at Milner Stadium. Bay High and Biloxi begin the event at 5 p.m., on Saturday, August 24th, followed by the Blue Devils and Admirals at 8 p.m.
Picayune will be the last of the local teams to begin the season when the Maroon Tide travels to Petal on Friday, Aug. 30th. That game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug 31st, but moved up a day so not to interfere with Southern Mississippi’s game on the same night.
After opening their respective seasons the week before, Poplarville will then host Pearl River Central on the same night that Picayune travels to Petal in the renewal of that longstanding county rivalry.
Poplarville competes in a revamped Region 8-4A, which now consists of the Hornets, Moss Point, Pass Christian, Bay High, St. Stanislaus and Vancleave. Forrest County and Greene County, both powers in the league over the past few years, have moved into Region 5-4A.
Pearl River Central will see the biggest change in surroundings after being moved into Region 3-5A. The Blue Devils will now compete with Wayne County, West Jones, Brookhaven, Natchez, South Jones, Jackson Wingfield and Laurel in the new configuration.
Picayune remains in Region 4-5A, along with newcomers George County and Stone County as well as holdovers Long Beach, Pascagoula, East Central, West Harrison and Gautier.
Pearl River Central has played in the past two Class 5A South State championship games, while Picayune has won the past two Region 4-5A titles. Poplarville is looking for its first league crown in a decade.
Picayune and Pearl River Central will still play each other despite not being in the same league this season. The Blue Devils will host the Maroon Tide on Friday, Sept. 13th.
It’s that time of year once again.
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Pearl River Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Investigators arrested two suspects after they were discovered burying evidence.
Chemical waste drop-off Sat.
County Fire Marshal Albert Lee will hold a household chemical cleanup day on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Pearl River County Road Department on U.S. Highway 11 in Millard.
Boil Water Notice
Pearl River Central Water Association has issued a precautionary Boil Water Notice for anyone west of Mill Creek who were without water on December 5, 2013, due to a broken water line.
Historical group gets keys to historic City Hall
Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero gave the keys to the historic portion of Picayune City Hall to members of the Picayune Historical Society in a ceremony prior to Tuesday’s meeting of the Picayune City Council.
Defendants seek response extension
Attorneys for the defendants in a lawsuit with Pearl River County Hospial filed a motion on Nov. 20 requesting an extension on the amount of time in which the defendents must file a response.
Police investigate stabbing
The Picayune Police Department reported officers were dispatched to Highland Community Hospital on Nov. 27, at 8:33 p.m. in reference to an aggravated assault involving Russell Still, Jr., age 53 of 2310 Jackson Landing Rd. The alleged incident occurred at the residence of the suspect, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief.
Aldermen make progress on two ordinances
The Poplarville Board of Aldermen made progress in an animal control ordinance and code enforcement issues at the Tuesday evening meeting. The aldermen also addressed the removal of Election Commissioner Robin Nix and passed the change of traffic direction on Julia Street to become a two-way on Saturday and Sunday.
Police make PRCC drug arrests
In the early morning hours Wednesday, Poplarville Police Department, in conjunction with Pearl River Community College Campus Police and Picayune Police Department, three arrests were made on PRCC’s campus for selling controlled substances.
Tide plays for title on Sat.
Picayune’s Maroon Tide will face Oxford at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson in the Class 5A state championship game.
Line forms at Charter on last day to get digital boxes
Picayune Charter Communication customers filled the West Canal Street office Tuesday morning waiting to pick up their new digital receivers.
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