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School Board establishes plan for mobile hotspots

The Poplarville School District has a plan for expanding Internet access to provide distance learning in its district ... Read more | Add your comment

Several arrested for drugs after complaints spark operation

In response to complaints of suspected drug activity going on in the Ceasar community, the Pearl River County ... Read more | Add your comment

Poplarville mayor quarantined with COVID

Poplarville’s mayor was diagnosed with COVID-19 Friday after driving a school bus for the first two days of ... Read more | Add your comment

Pearl River County SPCA to hold monthly garage sales

On Saturday, Pearl River County SPCA is hosting a pop-up garage sale at the old firehouse next to ... Read more | Add your comment

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Aldermen hash out budget

After cutting the budget in terms of building repairs for City Hall, striping on Main Street and reducing travel to conferences, the Poplarville Board of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Cathy Cook.

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Several arrested for drugs after complaints spark operation

In response to complaints of suspected drug activity going on in the Ceasar community, the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting an operation ... Read more | Add your comment

by Jeremy Pittari.

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New Picayune service supports individuals with intellectual, developmental disabilities

PICAYUNE – A collaboration between Saint Francis Ministries and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer Picayune area adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities for ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:31 pm

Sports

Local swim programs knocking out tryouts

Athletes in the Pearl River Central and Picayune swim programs have started getting their feet wet again as the two teams began hosting tryouts earlier ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:13 am

Sports

PRCC men’s soccer gearing up for the start of training

Like other fall sports, Pearl River Community College’s men’s soccer season has been moved to the spring, so now the team will use this extra ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:00 am

News

MHP implements Operation S.T.O.P. campaign to promote school bus safety across the state

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is implementing the Operation S.T.O.P. (Safe Transport Of Pupils) ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:30 pm

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Unemployment decreased in June 2020 during pandemic

During the month of June, unemployment in the state of Mississippi decreased significantly from the prior month’s adjusted average of 10.6 percent to an average ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:20 pm

Sports

MHSAA releases comprehensive guidelines for fall sports

The Mississippi High School Activities Association has released a comprehensive list of guidelines to enable the safe return of fall athletics. The list states there ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

PRCC’s men’s basketball program to use fall as bonding period

Pearl River Community College’s men’s basketball program is coming off an undefeated season that was cut short by COVID-19, so now the players and coaches ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:00 am

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Five candidates qualify for Aldermen special election

Five candidates have qualified for the Poplarville Alderman-at-Large election, which will be held Aug. 25. The election is being held to fill the vacant seat ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:00 am

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Two arrested in separate cases for drug offenses

Two drug related arrests were made by narcotics detectives with the Picayune Police Department after they were pulled over for routine traffic violations. The first ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

MHSAA officials trained for unusual fall sports seasons

Not only do athletes and coaches have to adapt their plans because of COVID-19, officials have also been hard at work preparing for the restart ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Late start may help PRCC’s women’s soccer program

Pearl River Community College’s women’s soccer team plans to make the most out of a season that has been delayed to the spring. That delay ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:00 am

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Maps, PPE and paving discussed by Council

Maps outlining the location and other aspects of utility lines in the city of Picayune will soon be updated and converted for use in a ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:00 am

Breaking News

71 year old man shot in drive by, public asked to provide details

Investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department are looking for information in relation to a 71-year-old man being struck by a bullet in what ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Monday, August 10, 2020 4:45 pm

News

Vehicle collision results in one fatality

A Louisiana man died in a single vehicle collision in Pearl River County Saturday night. Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the collision, which occurred on ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Monday, August 10, 2020 11:48 am

Sports

PRCC rodeo getting ready to begin practices

Frank Graves and his rodeo athletes are preparing for an unusual fall of practices and competitions for the Pearl River Community College rodeo program. College ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Columns

The inevitability of obsolescence

By Fr. Jonathan Filkins Nya had put off getting a new battery for her phone for as long as she could, what with three kids, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Columns

Moving away is hard, saying goodbye is even harder

By Jan Miller Penton The steady hum of a neighbor’s lawnmower along with the clanking of something metal bouncing in the dryer fill my ears ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Lifestyles

Book sale offers a familiar tradition in strange times

Tables filled with books were spread across the lawn of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library on Saturday for a Home School Book Sale. At ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

News

PRCSD students will be assigned personal Chromebooks

Pearl River County School District students will be issued personal Chromebooks for school use for the 2020 through 2021 school year. Providing access to those ... Read more

by Laurel Thrailkill, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

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Bus driver shortages occurring locally due to pandemic

Along with the challenge of implementing new procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on school buses, two of the three local school districts started ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

PAA football and cheer hoping for smooth fall season

The Poplarville Athletic Association will be having registration the next two weekends for fall football and cheerleading as the organization looks to move forward with ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Columns

Ancient origins of the dog days of summer

By Skip Rigney I remember being told as a child that the dog days were that long stretch from middle to late summer when the ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 am

Breaking News

Suspects arrested in relation to stabbing death

Two suspects have been identified and arrested for their alleged involvement in the stabbing death of a Pearl River County resident that occurred Wednesday night. ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Friday, August 7, 2020 11:33 am

News

Local COVID-19 cases now at 520, deaths at 37

Pearl River County has had more than 30 new COVID-19 cases reported since Sunday, totaling 520 cases reported as of Wednesday and one new death, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, August 7, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune, Poplarville report return to classes was smooth

Students and teachers returned to school campuses in the Poplarville and Picayune School Districts on Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Friday, August 7, 2020 7:00 am