Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 - 11:51am

  POPLARVILLE - Approximately 400 women took time Saturday to learn how to be healthier when they attended the 2013 Women’s Health Symposium at Pearl River Community College.
  The symposium gave them free health screenings, a panel of five area physicians who answered questions about women’s health concerns and a rollicking keynote speech.
  The women also received pearl earrings as a special favor and an insulated lunch bag along with a variety of samples and promotional items from more than 30 vendors at the health fair.
  “I’m glad I came,” said Carrie Hales of Poplarville. “I’ve had a bone density test. I had my cholesterol checked.”
  The event, the seventh hosted by PRCC, featured keynote speaker Barb Bancroft, a nurse practitioner and author of “Kiss My Asparagus!”, a guide to nutrition’s role in health and disease.
Bancroft kept the audience laughing as she touted the benefits of exercise and diet, including any kind of beans.
  “As long as it gives you gas, it’s a good bean,” she said.
   A healthy lifestyle helps prevent chronic disease, a problem that is relatively recent.
  “Most people in the 1920s did not live long enough to have a chronic disease,” she said.
  She also encouraged everyone to get a flu shot, pointing out that although the vaccine takes two weeks to protect against the flu, the flu season lasts another 12 weeks.
  “It hits you like a Mack truck and then it backs up,” she said.
  Bancroft and the doctors on the panel admonished the women to be proactive about their health.
  “The most importart part of your healthcare team is you,” said Dr. James Riser, a family practitioner in Picayune. “You are the center of the team.”
  In addition to Riser, panelists were Dr. Jennifer Bailey of Hattiesburg Clinic, Dr. Andrea Carter of Women’s Pavilion of South Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Dr. Angela Jones of Poplarville Clinic of Hattiesburg Clinic and Dr. Lara Otaigbe of Wesley Primary Care in Hattiesburg.
  The symposium’s popularity  may force changes in the future, said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president.
  “When we began this venture seven years ago, the idea was we wanted to build off our Wellness Center,” he said. “The first year, we had about 200 people. This year, we had about 400 people. Quite frankly, we’re at a crossroads. We had a waiting list this year.”
  With the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Performing Arts and the Marvin R. White Coliseum slated to open this year, symposium planners have options for future events, he said.
  In addition to the favors each guest received, dozens of door prizes were awarded, including six grand prizes:
Vera Bradley bag from PRCC admissions - Ruth Ann Kohnke of Lumberton.
Eighteen-inch pearl necklace from Paris Jewelers - Joye Ferrill of Poplarville.
Year’s supply of Coca-Cola from Coca-Cola of Hattiesburg - Valerie Rainey of Poplarville.
Healing Touch Day Spa gift package - Margaret Lynn
Concrete picnic table and benches from the PRCC masonry program - Paula Bond of Poplarville.
Belk Day of Beauty package - Teresa Amacker of Poplarville.
  Grand sponsor for the symposium was the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
  Silver sponsors were Hancock Bank, Slidell Memorial Hospital and Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home. Bronze sponsors were BankPlus, First National Bank of Picayune, Hattiesburg Clinic, Highland Community Hospital, Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, Wal-Mart Supercenter of Picayune and Wesley Medical Center.
  Screening and demonstration providers were SafeHeart Health Screens, Forrest General Home Care and Hospice, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Hattiesburg Clinic, Highland Community Hospital, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Poplarville Family Chiropractic Clinic, Grace Health Care, Wesley Medical Center, Healing Touch School and Day Spa, Hattiesburg Eye Clinic, Cloverleaf Immediate Care and students from the PRCC nursing, medical laboratory technology and cosmetology programs.
  Additional information booths were provided by Dermatology South, MS Self Defense, Pine Grove, Pink Ribbon Fund of Hattiesburg, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Poplarville Family Clinic, PRCC dental hygiene program, Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, Stone County Hospital and Clinic, Poplarville Medical Clinic and WebMD Health Services.

Pearl River Community College cosmetology students Racquel Brekeen of Carriere, from left, and Constance Dedeaux of Wiggins give manicures to Lois Smith of Picayune and Peggy LaDue of Poplarville during the 2013 Women’s Health Symposium Jan. 26 at PRCC.
PRCC Public Relations photo

January 28, 2013 - 2:35pm

Job HunterJACKSON, Miss. – Pearl River Community College (PRCC) in Poplarville will be featured in the season premiere of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) original series “Job Hunter” on Thurs., Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. on MPB TV.

“We are pleased to bring ‘Job Hunter’ back to MPB for a second season,” said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. “Fostering a vibrant and robust workforce is essential to strengthening Mississippi’s economy. MPB is proud to have a part in that by highlighting the wealth of careers in Mississippi industries and the skills needed to succeed in those fields.”

Throughout the show, viewers will see interviews with various PRCC students and faculty in the school’s Utility Lineman Training program.

As the only show of its kind in Mississippi, “Job Hunter” introduces viewers to jobs and career opportunities right here at home. Episode one focuses on the energy industry in Mississippi.

Host Kerri Courtney will take viewers to high-profile companies around the state to explore the variety of careers within the industry. Courtney will then visit PRCC’s Utility Lineman training program, which will equip  “job hunters” with the skills they need for energy careers.

Catch season two of “Job Hunter” on MPB TV Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 7, 2013. For more information, visit

“Job Hunter” is made possible in part by funding from the state of Mississippi and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) Dream It. Do It. campaign and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

January 28, 2013 - 2:59pm

  Pearl River Community College will host the Mississippi Showchoir Contest Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at Smith Auditiorium at William Carey College in Hattiesburg.
  The contest features 25 middle and high school showchoirs. Admission is $10 per day.
  Competition starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday with the Class A division - Variations from South Forrest Attendance Center Variations, Tiger Vibe, Northeast Jones Middle School; Spotlight!, Oak Grove Middle School. The supper break from 5 to 6:15 p.m. will be followed by an exhibition performance by The Voices ensemble from PRCC.
  Class AA competition begins at 6:30 p.m. - Infusion, South Jones Middle School; Ambassadors, Clinton Junior High; New Edition, Pearl River Central Middle School; Exclusive, Columbia Academy; and Center Stage, West Jones Middle School.
  Following competition, PRCC’s RiverRoad showchoir will perform. Awards will be announced at 9:30 p.m.
  The Saturday schedule is as follows:
• 8:30 a.m. - Class A competition with Renaissance, Northwest Rankin High; Chanticleer, Crestview High; Entourage, Stone High; Innergy, Pisgah High; and The Premiers, Columbia Academy;
• 10:45 a.m. - Women’s Division with Destiny, Crestview High; and Tidal Rave, Picayune Memorial High.
• 11:40 a.m. lunch break.
• 1p.m.  - Women’s competition continues with Innovations, Petal High; New Edition, South Jones High; and Revolution, West Jones High.
• 2:15 p.m. - Class AA with Tigers Untamed, Hattiesburg High; Orange Sensations, Wayne County High; Aggie Accents, Forrest County Agricultural High; Central Attraction, Pearl River Central High; and Imagination, West Jones High.
• 4:30 p.m. - Class AAA with Soundsations, Petal High, and Company, South Jones High.
  RiverRoad will perform at 5:25 p.m. and preliminary awards will be announced at 6 p.m.
  The top five showchoirs and three finalists will resume competition at 7:25 p.m. followed by a performance by The Voices. Awards will be presented at 10:15 p.m.
  LaDona Tyson is director of PRCC choral activities.