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Black history for youngsters

Picayune school children learned about African American trailblazers from civil rights leader Malcolm X to Picayune educator J.P. ... Read more | Add your comment

Sho-Nuff reopens in new location

For Louis and Steffani Graham, running a BBQ restaurant as a married couple means always having a partner ... Read more | Add your comment

Two of three Picayune mayoral candidates speak with Item

Two of three candidates running for mayor of Picayune took time out of their day to speak with ... Read more | Add your comment

Income tax bill goes to Senate

Legislators in Mississippi’s House of Representatives passed a bill to eliminate state income tax on Tuesday, just a ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Road signs are disappearing in north end of county

Road signs are going missing in the north end of Pearl River County, so county employees will try using plastic signs instead of aluminum ones ... Read more | Add your comment

by Cathy Cook.

News

Teachers and first responders eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers and first responders will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Mississippi beginning March 1. Those individuals can start making appointments to receive vaccines Wednesday, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Report.

Sports

Football Announces Spring Dates; Spring Game on April 17

BATON ROUGE – LSU opens spring practice on Tuesday, March 16 in the first of what will be 15 practices over a five week span ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

SEC Adds March 6 Road Game For Basketball At Missouri

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday the men’s basketball matchups for the final weekend of league play. Six games will be played on Saturday, March ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Matharu’s Second-Half Spark Lifts MSU To 68-59 Win At LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – Aliyah Matharu scored all 19 of her points in the second half to spark Mississippi State to a 68-59 victory on the ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Tejedo Mulet & Stone Earn SEC Awards

BATON ROUGE – LSU women’s golfer Carla Tejedo Mulet has been named the SEC Women’s Golf Co-Freshman of the Week and Latanna Stone has been named Newcomer of the Week ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Soil-Cormier, Ohlsen to Participate in NFL Women’s Forum

BATON ROUGE – LSU football staff members Keava Soil-Cormier and Olivia Ohlsen are among 40 women who have been selected nationally to participate in the NFL’s fifth annual Women’s ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune softball drops game against Pass Christian

Picayune’s bats came alive against Pass Christian Saturday afternoon, but it was the Lady Pirates who emerged victorious 9-7. Kylie Burnette got the start for ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, February 27, 2021 4:33 pm

Sports

Olivia Hepworth Reflects on First Two Years, Upcoming Junior Season

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The definition of a pioneer is someone who is the first to explore or settle in a new area. Olivia Hepworth, a junior ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Bulldogs suffer another last-second loss

Dontavius Proby’s apparent game-tying 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds was waved off, and Mississippi Gulf Coast lost 81-78 Thursday at Meridian. The Eagles (5-3, 5-2 MACCC ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

PRC softball defeats Purvis to stay undefeated

In their second game of the season, Pearl River Central’s Lady Blue Devils defeated the Purvis Lady Tornadoes 10-6 Thursday night in a tight game ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Columns

Ending February on a warm note

By Skip Rigney Friday was the first time since the second week of November that temperatures in Pearl River County came close to 80 degrees. ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Poplarville baseball uses offensive onslaught to beat Pine LA

Poplarville’s bats are heating up and the team’s offense was unstoppable Tuesday evening in a 20-3 Hornets win over Pine LA. Mason Anderson went 3-4 ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Columns

A little love can lead to a big change

By Jan Miller Penton The heavy scent of gardenias filled my nostrils as I stood in the crooked line meandering around the side of the ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Foster’s Late Game Winner Lifts Soccer Over Samford

OXFORD, Miss. – Channing Foster’s game-winner in the 83rd minute propelled Ole Miss soccer to its first win of the 2021 spring season as the Rebels defeated Samford, ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

News

Sheriff’s investigators arrest several for drug violations

A number of people were arrested for drug related offenses last month by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department. On Jan. 19, narcotics investigators went ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

No. 16 Bulldogs Steal Seven Bases On Way To Run-Rule Victory

TARKVILLE – No. 16 Mississippi State (6-1) stole seven bases on its way to a 10-2 victory in six innings against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Dominant Win Moves No. 1 Ole Miss Baseball to 4-0

OXFORD, Miss. — On opening day at Swayze Field, the top-ranked Ole Miss baseball team took care of business as the pitching staff put on a clinic ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Galleries

Photo gallery: Progress on Poplarville stage

After being delayed by wet weather last week, construction on the bathrooms and stage in Poplarville’s Town Green is moving forward. The Mississippi Development Authority’s ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Tigers Named To 2021 SEC Community Service Team

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team has been named to the 2020-21 SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team. The SEC continues to recognize the ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune softball drops game to Harrison Central

The early season game between the Picayune Lady Maroon Tide and Harrison Central Red Rebels Tuesday evening ended in a 12-1 loss for Picayune. Sarah ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Lady Blue Devils’ successful season comes to an end

Pearl River Central’s Lady Blue Devils took the court for the final time this season in a Sweet 16 playoff game against Pascagoula Wednesday night ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 am

News

Four southwest Mississippi men sentenced for violating federal wildlife laws

Jackson, Miss. – Kenneth R. Britt, Jr., 51, of Wesson, Tony Grant Smith, 26, of Wesson, Barney Leon Bairfield, III, 28, of Brookhaven, and Dustin ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:37 am

Sports

No. 7 Pearl River finds two very different ways to walk-off Southwest

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — No. 7 Pearl River found two very different ways to walk-off Southwest on Tuesday at Dub Herring Park. After run-ruling SMCC for a ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 am

News

Board considers personnel needed to increase roads paved

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors is developing a plan to dramatically increasing the number of roads paved in the county. According to previous ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Pearl River volleyball gets back to winning ways at Gadsden State

GADSDEN, Ala. — Pearl River was able to pick up a big road victory at Gadsden State on Monday, winning 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18). “Tonight’s win was the result of a victory ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 am

Sports

Late three propels Picayune hoops into next round of the playoffs

A back and forth playoff game Tuesday evening between the Picayune Maroon Tide and Wayne County War Eagles ended 55-52 in favor of Picayune thanks ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:00 am