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Football championship could send Pearl River County fans to a ‘hotbed’ of COVID

With holiday gatherings, flu season and changing weather, COVID-19 cases have begun to spike in Pearl River County. ... Read more | Add your comment

Suspect in domestic assault turns self in, booked on upgraded charge

The man who was being sought for allegedly shooting his ex significant other in the arm turned himself ... Read more | Add your comment

Council accepts second round of funding for more parking

A $40,000 grant will be used to create additional parking in the city of Picayune. The city received ... Read more | Add your comment

Aldermen choose new school board member

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department helped staff the Poplarville Fire Department while firefighters had to be quarantined ... Read more | Add your comment

News

City to disband election commission

The city of Poplarville may soon eliminate its municipal election commission and rely instead on the county election commission to run city elections. Poplarville’s Board ... Read more | Add your comment

by Cathy Cook.

News

Senior center reopens doors to public

The Senior Center of South Pearl River County resumed serving hot lunches in the facility on Monday and will hold its first event in months, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Cathy Cook.

Education

PRCC receives $201,800 childcare grant

PRCC Public Relations Pearl River Community College has been awarded $201,800 over four years as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:00 pm

Sports

Ole Miss’ Corral Named to Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2020

FORT WORTH, Texas – Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral was one of 35 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2020, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Tuesday. ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune soccer using last non-district games as a time to get healthy

The Picayune Maroon Tide soccer teams took on Harrison Central Monday evening with both teams losing in their first game back from Thanksgiving break. Girls ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Poplarville basketball plays final game before district schedule begins

The Poplarville Hornets lost to the Vancleave Bulldogs 53-29 Tuesday evening in the squad’s final tune up for district play. Riley Josey led the Hornets ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Charlie Ewing Named Mississippi State’s Seventh Women’s Golf Head Coach

STARKVILLE – Charlie Ewing, considered one of the top rising coaches in golf, was named Mississippi State’s seventh head women’s golf coach, Director of Athletics John ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Snudda Collins Named SEC Freshman of the Week

OXFORD, Miss. – After an impressive showing in her debut, Ole Miss forward Snudda Collins has been named SEC Freshman of the Week.   Collins – ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Men’s Hoops Adds Two Home Games to Schedule

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has added a pair of games to its 2020-21 slate, rescheduling a pair of matchups originally set ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:18 pm

Sports

National title on the line Saturday

ERKINSTON — When Mississippi Gulf Coast and Northwest Mississippi meet Saturday, it won’t be just the MACCC Championship on the line. As participants in the ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:17 pm

Sports

Pearl River’s Zigi Ahortor, Ronald Baker honored for academic excellence

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River women’s soccer’s Zigi Ahortor (Accra, Ghana) and football’s Ronald Baker (Prentiss; Jefferson Davis) are the 2020 recipients of the David M. ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Picayune baseball building up squad

Picayune Maroon Tide baseball is nearing full strength as athletes from other sports have been able to finally join up with the squad and begin ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Poplarville ready to bring home a championship

The Poplarville Hornets varsity football team is one win away from being named 4A state champions after defeating Mendenhall 35-6 last week. Poplarville was helped ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:00 am

News

Suspect in shooting on Rosa Street turns himself in

A Picayune man wanted for attempted murder turned himself in to law enforcement on Friday. The Picayune Police Department arrested 22-year-old Horatio Walton Jr. for ... Read more

by Cathy Cook, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:09 am

Breaking News

Suspect sought in domestic shooting

A Poplarville man is being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting a former significant other Sunday evening. Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Maj. ... Read more

by Jeremy Pittari, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 9:52 am

Sports

Fresh Faces Flourish in Dominant 99-44 Rebel Win Over McNeese State

OXFORD, Miss. – After 271 days of no competition and another small delay following a cancellation last week, a revamped Ole Miss women’s basketball roster put ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:48 am

Sports

Howland Collects 500th Win as Men’s Hoops Dumps Texas State, 68-51

STARKVILLE – D.J. Stewart Jr. racked up 13 of his career-high 23 points in the second half as Mississippi State stretched a two-point halftime edge into a ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:48 am

Sports

PRC softball getting young players acclimated

Pearl River Central’s Lady Blue Devil softball team has been hard at work this offseason making up for time lost after last season’s premature cancellation. ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

PRC soccer in final stretch before district play

Pearl River Central’s soccer teams took on the Hancock Hawks prior to Thanksgiving break with neither team able to pull out a win. Boys The ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Pearl River Wildcats show out on first week of NCAA basketball

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — As the NCAA opened the 2020-21 season during Thanksgiving week, the schedule was littered with former Pearl River student athletes who honed their ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7:00 am

News

COVID-19 cases in county, state as of Nov. 29, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 within Pearl River County now total 1,541 since the start of the pandemic, of which 68 deaths were attributed as of Sunday. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, November 30, 2020 4:10 pm

Sports

Southern Miss Falls in Season Opener at Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Golden Eagles could not get much luck on the offensive end and fell 66-51 to Jacksonville on Saturday in their season opener. ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Monday, November 30, 2020 10:08 am

Sports

No. 5 Aggies Win Defensive Tussle, 20-7

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Defense and special teams carried fifth-ranked Texas A&M Saturday night to a 20-7 victory over LSU on a rainy evening at ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Monday, November 30, 2020 10:07 am

Sports

The Trophy Returns: Rebels Take Egg Bowl, 31-24

OXFORD, Miss. – The Golden Egg will be sitting in the Manning Athletics Performance Center for the next 365 days.   The Rebels (4-4) started fast ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Monday, November 30, 2020 10:06 am

Sports

Bulldogs Win Big In McCray-Penson’s Mississippi State Debut

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State rang in a new era Sunday, as the Bulldogs earned a wire-to-wire 88-58 victory against Jackson State in head coach Nikki McCray-Penson’s ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Monday, November 30, 2020 10:06 am

Columns

Light freeze possible Monday and Tuesday nights

By Skip Rigney December is the first month of meteorological winter, and it looks like it will get off to an appropriately cold start in ... Read more

by Special to the Item, Saturday, November 28, 2020 7:00 am

Sports

Poplarville defeats Mendenhall to move on to state championship

The Poplarville Hornets and Mendenahall Tigers battled last night with a spot in the 4A state championship on the line and Poplarville came out on ... Read more

by Jonathan Mitchell, Saturday, November 28, 2020 7:00 am