Picayune, MS

Mississippi school district ousts superintendent

KILN, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi school district superintendent has been fired, prompting a search for a replacement. The Hancock County School District Board of Trustees voted to terminate Superintendent Teresa Merwin in a special meeting Thursday night. The move caught parents and teachers in the south Mississippi community by surprise, the Sun Herald reported. Merwin, who […]

Hancock parents stunned after school board suddenly fires superintendent

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The Hancock County School Board voted to terminate its contract with Superintendent Teresa Merwin Thursday night at a special called meeting. The termination is effective immediately, and the board will begin searching for Merwin’s replacement. Merwin has been with the school district since July of 2021.

Mayor says attorney knew son of councilman was on jury

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Picayune City Council, Mayor Jim Luke addressed the ruling of the court case involving City of Picayune vs Landry Lewis Germany Architects, P.A. (LLG) concerning design work performed by LLG for city hall. Recently, a court rendered a judgement in favor of LLG stating the city owes LLG $210,000 for negligence during a previous trial.

Slidell PD: Student arrested after bringing loaded gun to school

SLIDELL, La. (WGNO)— A student who reportedly brought a loaded gun to school has been arrested, Slidell Police announced on Thursday. The police department says that shortly after 8 a.m., officers received an alert from Salmen High School, claiming the 15-year-old was waving a 9mm pistol on campus. SPD...

Couple plead guilty to stabbing Slidell motel clerk with boxcutter

SLIDELL, La. — A couple who attacked a Slidell motel clerk with a boxcutter will spend the next decades behind bars. District Attorney Warren Montgomery said 25-year-old Devin Trevon Wellman pleaded guilty to a slew of charges including attempted first-degree murder for the July 2021 attack. District Judge Vincent Lobello sentenced him to 25 years without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Chapel Hart advances to finale of ‘America’s Got Talent’

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Poplarville, Mississippi, country music trio Chapel Hart has moved on to the final round of “America’s Got Talent”!. The group was the first act to advance to the finale next month. After their audition in July, the group received the golden buzzer,...
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Supervisors updated on PRC SPCA efforts, needs

An update on the operations at the Pearl River County SPCA was provided to the Board of Supervisors during Wednesday’s meeting. PRC SPCA Treasurer Lauren Fitts said the shelter was run by the city of Picayune until about 1998 when the Friends of PRCSPCA was formed. Currently the shelter employs bout 19 people and has a starting wage of $10 per hour. A recent pay increase to ensure qualified people are employed there also increased the shelter’s operation budget, now at about $750,000 annually, Fitts said. There are also 15 to 20 volunteers who help out around the shelter.

Slidell man pleads guilty in stabbing of Days Inn hotel clerk

A Slidell man has pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder after stabbing a hotel clerk. St. Tammany District Attorney Warren Montgomery said Devin Trevon Wellman, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder, criminal trespass and resisting an officer with force or violence. Wellman was then sentenced to 25 years...
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Picayune has off night against the Harrison Central

An off night by the Picayune Lady Maroon Tide (1-3) had them swept by the Harrison Central Red Rebels (2-0). It’s early in the season but head coach Courtney Dickens was transparent in saying,. “That’s probably been the worst we’ve played this season.”. Set scores from Tuesday...
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Lady Maroon Tide lose in tight match with Pirates

The first full set game of the season was a talented matchup between the Picayune Maroon Tide and the Pass Christian Pirates. Both teams went back and forth for five sets but the Pirates got the upper hand, winning the final set 15-12. This loss puts the Lady Maroon Tide 1-3 on the season.

Winn-Dixie Celebrates Remodeled Slidell Store

SLIDELL, La. — Winn-Dixie officially unveiled a newly remodeled store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 17 at 3030 Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell. During the event, Winn-Dixie officials presented donations of $1,000 to Salmen High School and $500 to the Slidell Police Department. The store now offers an expanded...

Slidell Woman Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SCHSHINETIA ANDERSON, age 44, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, pled guilty on August 11, 2022 to FEMA fraud announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on November 10, 2022. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

Church Notes for Aug. 20-21, 2022

If you have any information for the Church Notes, please email it to The St. Paul A.M.E. Church family invites everyone to attend its 109th homecoming celebration on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. The speaker for this occasion will be the Rev. Dr. Larry D. Lucas Sr., pastor of Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Roseland. The theme is “The Legacy Continues for 109 Years” (1 Samuel 9:1-4).

Parish jail report for Aug. 17, 2022

The following people were booked into the Washington Parish Jail, on Aug. 17, 2022:. Heather Patterson, theft-shoplifting, resisting an officer-flight on foot, resisting arrest. Stefanie Hurt, fugitive other jurisdiction-felony. Michael Grabert, probation violation. Frank Cangelosi, burglary-simple, possession of stolen property, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession with...

City approves resolution to prohibit methadone clinic location

In a called meeting Friday morning at the Bogalusa City Hall conference room, the Bogalusa City Council voted 7-0 to adopt a resolution placing an emergency moratorium on the location of a proposed methadone clinic. On Wednesday, April 27, the Louisiana Department of Health announced such a clinic would be...

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud Associated with False Claims that Her Home was Damaged

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud Associated with False Claims that Her Home was Damaged. New Orleans, Louisiana – On August 18, 2022, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced in a federal court in Louisiana that Schshinetia Anderson, age 44, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, pled guilty on August 11, 2022, to FEMA fraud. On November 10, 2022, the defendant will be sentenced before the Honorable Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. The defendant faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 obligatory special assessment charge.