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Family of three killed in Picayune house fire
An early morning house fire in Picayune left a family of three dead on Saturday, according to Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage. Officials said fire crews were called to the blaze on the 700 block of Bennett Street shortly after 1 a.m.
May 18 2014
Daycare owner saves life of 4-year-old found in storm rubble
Picayune, Mississippi
"...she gave the ultimate sacrifice so my baby could live"
May 09 2014
Picayune lawmaker steps into battle for left lane
Several years ago, a South Mississippi father was following an ambulance on U.S. 49 north of Hattiesburg. Inside was his son, suffering from severe epilepsy, on his way to Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. The lights were flashing and the siren was wailing. And yet, the car in the left lane didn't move to the right.
January 21 2014
Tips to protect pipes in hard freeze
A hard freeze is forecast for the Picayune area Tuesday morning, with temperatures expected to be 20 or below. With temperatures expected to be that low, homeowners need to take care to protect their pipes, said local plumber David Anderson.  
January 09 2014
Judge Wingate grants Blue Cross/Blue Shield TRO request
Picayune, Mississippi
U. S. District Judge Henry Wingate has granted Blue Cross/Blue Shield's request for a Temporary Restraining Order, preventing Governor Phil Bryant's executive order, requiring BCBS to reinstate 10 Mississippi hospitals to its network.
October 29 2013
Guest charged with sexual battery
A house guest was arrested for the sexual battery of a four-year-old. Two weeks ago, Picayune police were dispatched to Highland Community Hospital in reference to a possible child molestation, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
October 18 2013
Picayune shooting victim ID'd as Kema Dione Keys
Pearl, mississippi
Pearl River coroner Derek Turnage confirmed that 38-year-old Kema Dione Keys was killed in Saturday's shooting in Picayune.
October 08 2013
Picayune murder victim identified
Picayune Police Chief Bryan Dawsey said 38-year-old Kema Dione Keys is dead after he was shot numerous times Saturday around 9 .pm.
October 07 2013
Aspiring actors hope to get their break in locally made movie
Picayune, Mississippi
The wheels are in motion to make the murder mystery film, "Artists Die Best in Black."
May 15 2013
FBI commits to speed up processing of evidence in Lockhart case
Picayune, Mississippi
Hancock County Sheriff's investigators working to solve the grisly murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart say they had a productive meeting with the FBI Thursday.
May 15 2013
First impressions of Picayune show mixed bag of opinions
Results from a one-day-long visit for a study conducted by Mississippi State University in the summer of 2012 showed Picayune is described by visitors with a mix of good and bad. Some of the high points described by MSU Project Manager Jeremy Murdock include the close proximity to Stennis, the Crosby Arboretum, to Interstate 59, the bustling downtown area, the newly constructed hospital and the ...
February 19 2013
Culture Trumps Self-Interests for U.S. Southerners on Aid
Picayune, mississippi
Her husband gets disability payments and government-funded health care after leaving his dock-worker job in New Orleans because of rheumatoid arthritis.
February 01 2013
Judge declares mistrial in murder case - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2
Pascagoula, Mississippi
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A state judge declared a mistrial after defense attorneys provided evidence they say supports their client's alibi. The Times-Picayune reports ( ) 28-year-old Derrick Francois has claimed he was in Mississippi when Gretna police say he barged into a home in April 2011 and shot Chandrick Harris in the head.
January 12 2013
Judge declares mistrial in murder case - WXVT-TV Delta News - More Local News and Weather
Pascagoula, Mississippi
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A state judge declared a mistrial after defense attorneys provided evidence they say supports their client's alibi. The Times-Picayune reports ( ) 28-year-old Derrick Francois has claimed he was in Mississippi when Gretna police say he barged into a home in April 2011 and shot Chandrick Harris in the head.
January 12 2013
Opening of new hospital on top
The dedication and opening of Highland Community Hospital, which represents a $60 million investment, was chosen the No. 1 story for 2012 for Picayune and Pearl River County by the editors and reporters of the Picayune Item and Poplarville Democrat.
December 27 2012
Feds join suit claiming nursing home fraud
Picayune, mississippi
Federal officials are joining a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a former south Mississippi nursing home operator withheld care to pad profits. The suit, originally filed by Academy Health Center, accuses the former operator of a Lumberton nursing home of claiming money from Medicare and Medicaid for services that he didn’t provide or for services so bad they were “effectively worthless.”
December 12 2012
Two charged with bank fraud while employed as tellers
Picayune, mississippi
Two Pearl River County women are charged in federal court with the embezzlement of more than $100,000 worth of cash from a local bank while they were employed as tellers between 2004 and 2005.
December 12 2012
Flu season arrives early
Picayune, mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health in its latest figures says 50 flu cases have been reported to the agency through Dec. 10. No cases so far have been reported in Pearl River County.
December 12 2012
Highland Commons Parkway work continues
Picayune, mississippi
Contract workers were working Tuesday afternoon along Highland Parkway near Winn-Dixie on Sycamore Road, filling the medians in with dirt. When complete, Highland Parkway will allow emergency traffic to easily access the new Highland Community Hospital in addition to making room for more commercial and residential development.
December 12 2012
Voters trek to polls in important presidential election on Tuesday
Vancleave, mississippi
The last chance to cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday’s upcoming presidential election is noon today (Saturday) at both the courthouse in Poplarville and Chimney Square county government office complex in Picayune, said Pearl River County Circuit Court Clerk Vicki Hariel. Both will be open to noon today.
November 28 2012
She helped after Katrina, then faced Hurricane Sandy
A Cape May Court House, N.J., resident, who befriended Katrina victims in Picayune through Rotarian friends after the Aug. 29, 2005, deadly hurricane raked the Mississippi Gulf Coast, found herself seven years later, on Oct. 29, looking down the barrel of a storm, Hurricane Sandy. This time the storm was just outside her own backdoor.
November 27 2012
The history and future of Picayune’s old hospital building
Now that the new Highland Community Hospital building has been completed, some Picayune residents may wonder what will become of the old location.
September 23 2012
Picayune man could be serial killer
Crosby, mississippi
Picayune native Nathaniel Burkett, now 62, has served time in the past for murder, but could be associated with many more killings possibly making him a serial killer across multiple jurisdictions.
August 28 2012
Boil water notice in Nicholson applies to Nicholson Elementary school
Nicholson, Mississippi
NICHOLSON — Both a local Nicholson Water Assoc. official and a spokesperson for the State Department of Health said a boil-water notice issued on Wednesday applied only to Nicholson elementary school, not the entire system, and Picayune school assistant superintendent Brent Harrell said school officials are monitoring the situation almost hourly and will keep parents of children who attend the ...
August 15 2012
Highland Hospital completes transition
Highland Community Hospital on Saturday smoothly completed its transition to a new $55 million, 161,000 square-foot facility in North Picayune that will revolutionize the way health care is delivered in the Pearl River County and Picayune areas. The facility will also impact health care in the Mississippi Gulf Coastal area.
August 02 2012
New Picayune hospital opens to public
Picayune's new Highland Community Hospital officially opened its doors for the very first time in an open house event Sunday afternoon.
July 24 2012
Alliance plant should open soon - KNOE TV8
Holcomb, Mississippi
PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - A company building a sand drying plant to service ... business and entertainment Jury selection is under way in the capital murder trial of a man charged with fatally shooting an Arkansas police officer last year.
July 19 2012
Ribbon cut on new Highland site
Highland Community Hospital officials, along with local government and civic leaders, Sunday afternoon cut a ribbon, marking completion of construction on the brand new $55 million state-of-the-art medical hospital and facilities — Highland Community Hospital — which will revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered in Picayune, Pearl River County and Southwest Mississippi.
July 12 2012
1 dead after shoot-out on Mississippi highway
Tupelo, mississippi
A Picayune man who failed to appear for a court appearance last week in Poplarville was killed Sunday in a shoot-out with Highway Patrol troopers after a chase along U.S. Highway 45 in Lee County.
July 05 2012
Local health, government officials adopt a wait-and-see attitude with Obamacare court approval
Clinton, mississippi
Dr. James Riser of Riser Medical Associates, who is celebrates 30 years of practice in Picayune on July 4, said on Friday that he does not think the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will solve America’s health problems, but the whole issue has a silver lining.
July 04 2012
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