Scholarships awarded at Board of Supervisors Meeting

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 24, 2019

Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District presented three scholarships to Pearl River Community College students at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

In previous years, the SMPDD awarded two scholarships of $750, but this year SMPDD awarded four scholarships for $1,000, said District I Supervisor Donald Hart. In the future SMPDD plans to continue awarding four scholarships for $1,000, Hart said.

Three first-year PRCC students, Robin Spanks, Jade McGill and A’Niya John, received the scholarships. Picayune Memorial High School senior Steffani Graham was awarded her scholarship at the school’s senior awards ceremony Tuesday, Hart said.

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The scholarship requires students to attend PRCC and can be used for vocational, technical or academic training, Hart said. All four students were already doing exceptionally well in school, Hart said, and both the parents and students were excited about receiving tuition assistance. The scholarship will apply for the fall 2019 school semester, Hart said.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Hensley R. Lee Contracting for $22,000 to modify the intersection of McCastile Road and McNeill Steephollow Road to accommodate the turning radius of 18-wheeler trucks.

The Board also awarded a bid to Fred Fayard LLC for $759,000 to repair the bridge on McNeill Steephollow Road east of Interstate 59’s exit 15. The funds for that bridge repair will come from the state of Mississippi emergency road and bridge repair grant program, said county engineer Les Dungan. The bridge is one of four projects the county is using that grant money on, Dungan said.

The Board approved a final payment of $57,000 for the bridge on Shenandoah Road to Fred Fayard LLC. The total project was $204,000, Dungan said.

The Board also approved a payment of $72,000 for the Emergency Watershed Protection project. The funding for that project comes from the USDA and the city of Poplarville. The project will replace culverts at three sites, one in Poplarville and two in the county, in an effort to provide erosion control, Dungan said.