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Local engineer invents cash sanitizer

A long time Picayune resident invented a machine that sanitizes paper money using ultraviolet light. While it’s a ... Read more | Add your comment

PRCC receives workforce training funding through Reskill Mississippi

Pearl River Community College has received over $2.2 million for workforce development as part of Reskill Mississippi, which ... Read more | Add your comment

Shelter fundraiser to be virtual

Pearl River County’s SPCA will be hosting an online event Tuesday featuring Kris Rotonda from Jordan’s Way to ... Read more | Add your comment

U.S. Highway 11 closure in Pearl River County

WHAT: The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). WHEN: Monday, September 28, at 8 a.m. until Friday, October 2, ... Read more | Add your comment

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Circuit, Chancery court offices in Picayune expected to open Monday

While access to the interiors of the Pearl River County Tax Office and driver’s license office in Picayune have been open these past few weeks, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Jeremy Pittari.

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Picayune senior makes PSAT semifinals

A Picayune Memorial High School senior was recently alerted that he was named as a semifinalist for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Picayune ... Read more | Add your comment

by Jeremy Pittari.

Sports

PIC volleyball gets important district win against Hattiesburg

The Picayune Lady Maroon Tide volleyball team took on the Hattiesburg Lady Tigers last Thursday evening, winning in four sets 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-11. The ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00 am

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Poplarville earns first win of the season on the road

The Poplarville Hornets beat the St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws 27-7 last Friday evening. The Hornets were 0-3 heading into the matchup, so it was important Poplarville ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00 am

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More than 50 COVID-19 deaths reported locally

There have been over 50 COVID-19 deaths in Pearl River County since the start of the pandemic and as of last week three long-term care ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune fights off East Central to stay undefeated

The Picayune Maroon Tide and East Central Hornets faced off in a defensive slugfest Friday evening with Picayune emerging victorious 14-7. Both team’s defenses were ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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Bug Fest in a pandemic

The Crosby Arboretum’s annual Bugfest is a smaller event this year due to the pandemic, but locals still came to the Arboretum Friday to learn ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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Crisp fall weather on the way

By Skip Rigney It’s been nearly two weeks since the temperature has even come close to 90 degrees in Pearl River County. This past Saturday ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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PRC School Board amends school reopening plan

Pearl River County School District’s Board of Trustees held a specially called meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel decisions and the district’s school reopening plan. ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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Utility Authority approves fiscal budget for 2020-2021

The Board of Directors for the Pearl River County Utility Authority approved a budget for the next fiscal year. According to the budget, the anticipated ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:00 am

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PRC falls to Pascagoula 37-8

Pearl River Central’s first district game of the season ended with Pascagoula taking home a 37-8 win. Head Coach Jacob Owen said the loss was ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Friday, September 25, 2020 11:05 pm

Breaking News

Forrest County Sheriff’s Department looking for Poplarville resident

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for Trevor Michael Smith for burglary of a nonresidential building. Smith, 26, of Poplarville, is believed ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Friday, September 25, 2020 3:28 pm

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Eminent domain forces Dockside to close

Family owned and operated restaurant Dockside will close its doors after its property was taken by eminent domain for the Highway 11 expansion and bridge ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Friday, September 25, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune color guard fights through nerves in second performance

The Picayune color guard has had to deal with a variety of changes due to COVID-19 restrictions, but those obstacles can be overcome as the ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, September 25, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune band continues progress with each performance

The Picayune Maroon Tide band has only been able to perform twice this year, but Band Director John Cockrell said the musicians are building off ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, September 25, 2020 7:00 am

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Supervisors move forward with TIF Bond for College Square

Pearl River County’s Board of Supervisors moved forward with committing approximately $21,000 annually to fund Tax Increment Financing Bonds for the College Square Shopping Center. ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Friday, September 25, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune band continues progress with each performance

The Picayune Maroon Tide band has only been able to perform twice this year, but Band Director John Cockrell said the musicians are building off ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Friday, September 25, 2020 7:00 am

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Aldermen discuss cemetery ordinances

The Poplarville Board of Aldermen is still considering how to handle burying urns in the city cemetery, and seems to be leaning toward allowing up ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 am

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Picayune Pride of the Tide adapting to new routines

Members of Picayune’s Pride of the Tide were relocated from their normal spot in the stands for Friday night games due to COVID-19, but the ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 am

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Ribbon cut on new Amtrak platform

Construction of a new passenger train platform in Picayune began back in January. Eight months later the ribbon was cut on that new platform Wednesday ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 am

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Vandalism, forgetfulness a problem at Fairgrounds

Pearl River County’s Board of Supervisors approved changes to the fee schedule in order to rent the Pearl River County Fairgrounds. Managing the fairgrounds has ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune color guard fights through nerves in second performance

The Picayune color guard has had to deal with a variety of changes due to COVID-19 restrictions, but those obstacles can be overcome as the ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune volleyball loses district game to Long Beach

The Picayune Lady Maroon Tide took on the Long Beach Lady Bearcats Monday evening, loosing in straight sets 25-7, 25-8, 25-18. There are only two ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 am

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Poplarville hoping to be more physical this Friday

The Poplarville Hornets are coming off a tough 31-21 loss to the Picayune Maroon Tide last week and will now head into their final non-district ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 am

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Aldermen discuss paving work

The city of Poplarville collected approximately $11,000 more than the city budgeted in sales taxes received from the state this month. City Clerk Jane O’Neal ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 am

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Poplarville dominates Forrest County in win

The Poplarville Lady Hornets took on the Forrest County Lady Aggies Monday night and didn’t drop a single set, winning 25-4, 25-20, 25-15. The result ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 am

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Sales tax in the midst of a pandemic continues to increase

Both Picayune and Poplarville continue to see strong sales tax revenue from sales during the pandemic. The city of Picayune received $452,655 in sales tax ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:00 am