New supervisors share future plans

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 17, 2015

The community can expect to see new faces serving the districts of Pearl River County next year.

During the past election, two incumbents—District IV Supervisor J. Patrick Lee and District III Supervisor Dennis Dedeaux— were unseated and District I Supervisor Anthony Hales announced his retirement.

The supervisors elected to replace those seats are District I Supervisor Donald Hart, District IV Supervisor Farron Moeller and District III Supervisor Hudson Holliday.

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Hart said Pearl River County is his home. He’s co-owned a barbershop called Hart to Hart Barber and Style Shop in Picayune for the past 20 years and has served as a pastor at Newness of Life Ministries for the past eight years.

Hart said his main goal is to spur economic development in the county.

“We’re centrally located to New Orleans and the coast and I think the possibilities are endless and I want to take part to help move Pearl River County forward,” Hart said.

He also said that the county should partner with the John C. Stennis Space Center and PRCC in order to implement recreational and educational initiatives.

Moeller said economic development is also a high priority on his list.

“We need a plan and economic development is a big part of it,” Moeller said. “While our infrastructure isn’t bad, it could be better.”

He also said it’s vital that the county make the area attractive in order for businesses to grow.

A Picayune native, Moeller spends his days running his family farm and caring for 200 beef cows. He also sings and plays music with his brothers in their gospel bluegrass band called, Shallow Creek.

Moeller originally ran for justice court judge four years ago, but lost to Donald Fail.

“After that I didn’t want to do politics, but I had a lot of people tell me to do this, and after a lot of prayer, I decided to do it again,” Moeller said.

Moeller’s farm is located in District I. He said he plans to make himself readily available to the people he’s serving to understand what they need and make the necessary improvements.

Holliday previously served as a county supervisor from 2008-2012 and was a general of the Mississippi National Guard. He was inducted into the Fort Benning, Georgia Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 2005. Holliday hopes to bring his experience to the table in order to help the county move forward.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. I’m excited about the prospects for the future. My focus will be on changing the environment in the county to make it the best place in Mississippi,” Holliday said in an interview in September.

The supervisors will join incumbents, District II Supervisor Malcolm Perry and

District V Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith.

All supervisors said they look forward to working together. Recently, they attended a Mississippi Association of Supervisors event in Jackson.

“We had a chance to talk and I’m looking forward to working with them. We all have the same attitude, and that is to roll up our sleeves and move the county forward,” Hart said.

Pearl River County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin said the supervisors will be sworn in Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. in the county courthouse. The supervisors will take office on Jan. 4at 8 a.m.

“I’m looking forward to starting a new year and new term and seeing how it goes with the new members,” Lumpkin said.