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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 ... Read more | Add your comment

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

Mississippi Power to continue to pay 3 percent

Mississippi Power will continue to pay both the cities of Picayune and Poplarville a 3 percent franchise fee ... Read more | Add your comment

Blueberry Jubilee 5K changed to virtual event

While the annual Blueberry Jubilee has been tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 3, the Blueberry Jubilee 5K and 1 ... Read more | Add your comment

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Blueberry Jubilee 5K changed to virtual event

While the annual Blueberry Jubilee has been tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 3, the Blueberry Jubilee 5K and 1 Mile Run hosted by the Rotary Club ... Read more | Add your comment

by Laurel Thrailkill.

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Farmers Market of Picayune needs new committed vendors

The Farmers Market of Picayune is looking for new committed vendors to join the market. Christina Juneau, organizer of the farmers market, said she’d like ... Read more | Add your comment

by Laurel Thrailkill.

Sports

PRSC moving forward with plans for a fall season

The Pearl River Soccer Club is tentatively progressing with the intention of having a fall season, but there are a lot of extenuating factors that ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, August 7, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Former Picayune cornerback takes coaching role at EMCC

It’s no wonder after spending his high school playing years under the tutelage of legendary football Coach Dodd Lee that T’Darryl Grays would follow in ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, August 7, 2020 7:00 am

Breaking News

Investigators looking for information in homicide

Investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department are looking for information related to the stabbing death of a local man. Maj. Marc Ogden said ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:25 am

Sports

HCA athletics moving forward as school begins

Classes are set to begin Thursday for Heritage Christian Academy and the school’s Athletic Director John Stricker said the sports programs are preparing for a ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

4-H virtual state congress comes to an end

Normally the Pearl River County 4-H would take part in a two-day state congress meeting on the campus of Mississippi State, but because of COVID-19 ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:00 am

News

Aldermen vote to issue TIF Bond

Poplarville’s Board of Aldermen voted to issue Tax Increment Financing Bonds during Tuesday’s meeting. The TIF Bonds will be paid for a 10-year term with ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:00 am

Breaking News

Hattiesburg woman found shot to death in vehicle along I-59

A woman from Hattiesburg was found dead in a vehicle that was parked along the south bound side of Interstate 59 Tuesday evening near the ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:17 pm

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Aldermen vote to increase waste collection rate

The Poplarville Board of Aldermen approved raising garbage collection rates from $15 per month to $16.50 per month for residential garbage and from $16 to ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

County football programs host final summer practices

Local football programs wrapped up summer practices this past week with the imminent start of school on the horizon. Practicing under COVID-19 guidelines presented some ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Local band programs end summer with band camps

An unusual summer saw some sense of normalcy return when marching bands for Poplarville, Pearl River Central and Picayune began hosting camps the past two ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 am

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County receives grant for opioid abuse prevention

Pearl River County has $54,000 in grant funding for opioid abuse prevention and may receive another $54,000 if the county can demonstrate positive results from ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 am

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Council approves revised street light contract

Street lights along two roads in Picayune will soon be more energy efficient and put out more light. Tuesday, Picayune’s City Council approved a motion ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 am

Breaking News

Unofficial results of franchise fee vote

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s vote show Mississippi Power Company will continue to pay the cities of Picayune and Poplarville the same three percent rate as ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:01 pm

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Supervisors discuss stronger litter ordinance

Pearl River County’s Board of Supervisors is working with the county’s code enforcement officer to make it easier to consistently enforce county codes concerning littering ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:00 am

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Fire at local store quickly extinguished

A fire behind a Picayune retail store took place early Monday morning and is still under investigation. The Picayune Fire Department were dispatched to a ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:00 am

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Pearl River County residents receive unsolicited packages of seeds from China

Across the U.S., people are receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. Some of these mysterious packages are now showing up at addresses in ... Read more

by Laurel Thrailkill, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune baseball hosts a golf tournament fundraiser

On August 1 the Picayune Maroon Tide baseball team hosted a four-man scramble golf tournament at Millbrook Golf & Country Club to raise funds for ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

DSCL finishes its season with playoffs

The Deep South Collegiate League wrapped up play last week after months of games as the teams took part in a playoff to determine the ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:00 am

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Murder suspects extradited back to Pearl River County

Dustin Gray and his wife Erica Gray are back in Pearl River County after being arrested in Colorado. They are being held for their alleged ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Monday, August 3, 2020 10:16 am

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Coast Electric to provide broadband to local unserved areas

To help fill in gaps in available broadband service within the north end of Pearl River county, Coast Electric received $5.4 million in grant funding ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am

Lifestyles

Creating paper crafts that shimmer

Theater dolls are a tradition that go back more than 100 years, but Marie Whitman has her own approach to the craft. On Whitman’s sewing ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am

Columns

Religion column: Let us keep the feast

By Fr. Jonathan Filkins The Christian Apostle, Saint Paul, was regularly charged with the sentiments and actions of the early Church. Without our methodologies of ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center residents need pen pals

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care facilities across the county have been forced to close their doors to visitors to reduce the risk of ... Read more

by Laurel Thrailkill, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am

Columns

Communicating rainfall risk from tropical storms

By Skip Rigney The federal government is funding research that focuses on improving how the risks from tropical cyclones are communicated to the public. One ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am

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PRC School board amends school reopening plan

The Pearl River School District’s Board of Trustees held a special called meeting Wednesday evening to discuss an amended plan for the reopening of schools. ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:00 am