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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

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

News

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.

News

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

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

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

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

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

News

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

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

News

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 based on the unofficial counts from Tuesday’s ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, 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

News

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

News

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

News

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

News

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

News

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

News

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