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Pearl River Breaks Ground On Performing Arts Center

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Pearl River Community College has broken ground on its $10.5 million Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Performing Arts on the Poplarville campus.

PRCC President William Lewis tells the Hattiesburg American the performing arts center will include a 1,000-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art sound and lighting features.

Lewis says nearly half the building's funding will come from the estate of alumna Ethel Holden Brownstone, who died in 1996. It's one of the largest gifts ever given to PRCC.

Construction is expected to begin in early November and take 12 to 18 months.