Mayor-elect looks to the future

Collins Mayor-elect Hope Magee Jones will take office on July 3, and she is ready to get to work. “I’m very excited about this new position,” Jones said. “Mayor Smith has done a great job, and we want to build on the foundation he has laid.” Jones said she wants to see Collins continue to grow and prosper. “We want to work to bring jobs to our city,” she said, “and we want to work on our city and county relationship especially with our schools.” Jones noted that making the city attractive to new businesses was a priority. “These are some early goals that I have set,” she said. “I’ll know more once I get in there and see where we are.” Jones and the new Board of Aldermen will meet on Wednesday, July 5 at 6 p.m.

Unofficial Municipal Election Results

Mayor Totals:

Tom Brooks 307

Hope Magee Jones 400

 

Alderman at Large:

Bobby Mooney 653

 

Ward One:

Tom Brooks 48

Hope Magee Jones 143

Bobby Mooney 179

For Ward One Alderman

Lester Magee 173

 

Ward Two:

Tom Brooks 50

Hope Magee Jones 192

Bobby Mooney 226

For Ward Two Alderman

Regina Daughdrill 46

Robert Thompson 191

 

Ward Three:

Tom Brooks 75

Hope Magee Jones 40

Bobby Mooney 103

For Ward Three Alderman:

Sally Buffington 104

V.O. Smith (write-in) 1

 

Ward Four:

Tom Brooks 134

Hope Magee Jones 25

Bobby Mooney 145

For Ward Four Alderman:

Ann Norris Lott 53

Debbie Lundy 106

Last day for Absentee voting is Saturday, June 3

Voters in Covington County will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 6 to decide municipal races in the 2017 General Election. Absentee voting is going on now at City Halls in the county during their regular business hours on weekdays. City Hall will be open on Saturday, June 3 for absentee voting. The Saturday hours are from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The last day for absentee voting ins Saturday, June 3. All voters must show identification. On election day polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Collins Library to kick of summer reading

The Covington County Library System is gearing up for another great year of its “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program. This year, the system received two $3,000 grants through the Mississippi Library Commission, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, that allowed for the expansion of each library’s children and young adult collections. Hundreds of popular titles have been added to the branches, including a significant number of graphic novels. These new titles will be excellent choices for children looking to fill their reading logs during the upcoming Summer Reading Program. Beginning June 1, the libraries will be hosting a variety of events, culminating in a finale event at each branch on June 30 with Animal Tales, an educational presentation featuring live animals. Over the course of the month, participants will have the opportunity to attend any or all of these events, and will be able to add completed books to their reading log each week to earn prizes and free books. A complete list of events and a link to the registration form can be found on the library website’s summer reading page, http://www.ccls.lib.ms.us/summer-reading/. Registration begins May 22, but participants may sign up at any point during the program.

CPD launches “Click It or Ticket”

Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder announced that his department has received a “Click It or Ticket Day and Night” grant from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. “With the funds awarded to the City of Collins, officers with police department will be out day and night looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers,” said Ponder. The extra manpower will come at no additional expense to city taxpayers. The campaign will be going on from May 22-June 4. Ponder urged all drivers to buckle up not only themselves but children as well.

Boys and Girls Club to host fundraiser

The Boys and Girls Club of Covington County will host its 20th Annual Steak and Steak Dinner & Silent Auction, Saturday, May 20, 2017. The event will be held at the Collins Civic Center. The Silent Auction will begin at 6:00pm with Dinner at 6:30pm. The special guest speaker will be Melanie Preston. Preston is a native of Collins. She graduated from Collins High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also attended William Carey University where she completed graduate studies in Counseling Psychology with a minor in School Counseling and received her first Master of Arts degree. In 2012, Mrs. Preston pursued and completed a second Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Preston is a state and nationally board certified Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is also a licensed school counselor, school psychologist, and administrator. She is married to Patrick Preston and they are the proud parents of three children, Nia, Nehemiah, and Nalivia. “The evening will be filled with food, fun and fellowship, but most important, we will be celebrating the commitment of our community to support the Boys & Girls Club of Covington County”, says Peggy Weary, Executive Director. The Theme for the evening will be “Going for the Goal: Academic Success.” Tickets are $100 per plate or $500 per table and seating is limited. They can be purchased from any Boys and Girls Club Board Member, Unit Director or at the Main Office. Donations to the Club and for our Silent Auction are always greatly appreciated, with all monies being used locally. For more information on how you can join this celebration of our young people and make a difference for the future by supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Covington County, please call 601-765-6300.

Collins donates vehicles to Sheriff’s Department

The City of Collins donated two vehicles from its fleet with the Collins Police Department to the Covington County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicles, according to Police Chief Joey Ponder, have approximately 200,000 miles on them and are in good working order. “They still have about 100,000 miles worth of use left in them,” said Sheriff Stann Smith. “We have a lot of ground to cover and we appreciate these vehicles.” The cars were given at a cost of $100 per vehicle as required by law. “We are happy to help the Sheriff’s Department,” said Collins Mayor V.O. Smith. “We like to help any way we can, and we are glad that the Sheriff’s Department will get some use out of them.” The Collins Police Department has just purchased two new vehicles that are being outfitted for service.

Woolwine opens new dealership in Collins

New cars are rolling onto the lot at Woolwine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Collins. “We are excited to offer these new lines to Collins and the surrounding area,” said John Woolwine. Woolwine said they approached the Chrysler brand four years ago about bringing the lines to Collins, and at the time the company did not have an opening for a new dealership. “We really wanted it specifically for the Dodge diesel trucks and the new Jeeps,” said Woolwine. “A lot of our customers are crazy about the diesels and the Jeeps and there is a high demand in the area.” Last year, Woolwine said, a representative with the Chrysler brand flew to Mississippi and met with the Woolwine family to discuss a possible spot that would be opening up for a dealership in the area. “She asked us if we were still interested,” he said, “because she told us there were four other dealerships looking to bring the brand to Collins.” The Woolwines committed to the brand. “Of course we wanted to bring the brand to Collins,” he said. Woolwine noted that the Chrysler product has become extremely popular with the improvements they have made. “The Ram truck is the fasting growing truck in popularity right now,” he said, “and we are ready to get on board.” Woolwine added that their inventory was beginning to trickle in. “We have been told that our allotment of new vehicles will be coming in over the next month,” he said. While the dealership receives its new shipments over the next several weeks, Woolwine added that they are able to locate new vehicles at other dealerships for their customers. “We also have a full line of program cars,” he said. Currently, the dealership is housed in the old Woolwine Ford Lincoln building. “We are remodeling that building right now,” he said. “It’s going to meet all of the Chrysler specifications.” There are plans to build a new dealership just south of the new Woolwine Ford Lincoln dealership on Highway 49 in Collins. “Chrysler wants a new building in the next few years, and we are working on that,” said Woolwine. With the addition of the Chrysler dealership, Woolwine said they will be adding several new jobs especially in the service department. “That’s where we will be adding the bulk of new jobs,” he said. “Most of our salesmen will sell at both dealerships. We will probably be adding a few salesmen along the way.”