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.”

Lady Tigers graduating Top of the Class

Congratulations to the Collins High School Lady Tigers and the members of the cheerleading team for being named scholar athletes. They will be graduating in the top 30precent of the CHS Class of 2017.  Pictured above (front, from left) are Ta’Shira Hawthorn, Da’Shira Hawthorn, LaChara Beasley (second row) Brenna Slay, JaShon Turner, Porsha Fairley, Alexis Harris, (back row) Zakyia Weathersby, Salutatorian CHS Class of 2017. Their participation in sports while maintaining a high grade point average provided each of them with a good experience of team work, an opportunity to achieve their greatest potential while developing the characteristics of being a leader.

DECA Students visit Collins Veterans Home

The Covington County DECA marketing students at the Vo-Tech Center visited the Collins Veterans Home where they made a contribution to the Veterans OutReach. In a countywide community service project beginning in November, the students collectively spent 1,000 hours with the community’s military heroes. They went the extra mile to raise $500 to donate to the organization which accommodates the veterans with items to make living more comfortable. The veterans have enjoyed the time spent with the students while the students were rewarded by the service as well. “Honestly, it makes me feel good because I want to give back to the people who did so much for us,” said Miercoles Keys, a junior at Collins High School. “It inspires me and makes me want to go to the army.” Jake Sanford, founder of Veterans OutReach said the money will go a long way, but the time the students gave meant the most. “It not only does my heart good to see them doing this, it does these veterans’ hearts good to know there’s a group of young people who love them, care for them, and want to do this for them,” he said.

Rotary Club to host annual Spring Classic

The Collins Rotary Club “Spring Classic” golf tournament will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Okatoma Golf Club. The tournament is organized around a two-person scramble format with prizes awards for first, second and third places in First Flight and Second Flight. The entry fee for the two-man scramble is $50 and includes green fee, cart, food and beverages. The “Spring Classic” will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Prizes include $250 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place the First Flight and $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place in the Second Flight. Prizes for the closest to pin and longest drive will also be awarded. Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Mulligans are $5 each and there are only two per golfer and four per team. Mulligans may not be used on “closest to pin” or “longest drive”. For more information about the event, call 601-765-1841, or Oliver Hitt at 601-765-4466. Proceeds support the Collins Rotary Club’s scholarship program which annually awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Covington County who will attend a state college or university and also to an eligible Covington County sophomore attending Jones County Junior College.

Qualifying deadline passes for municipal elections

The qualifying deadline has passed for municipal elections in Collins where Democrat incumbent Mayor V.O. Smith is being challenged by Democrat Hope Jones Magee and Republican Tom Brooks. Magee served as Ward Two Alderman in a previous term until she was defeated by present Alderman Robert Thompson. Brooks is a local business owner.

Bobby Mooney, incumbent Alderman-at-Large does not have a challenger.

In the Ward One Alderman’s race, incumbent Lester Magee will face Merria Lisa Speight. Both are running as Democrats.

Ward Two Alderman Robert Thompson will face challenger Regina Daughdrill. Daughdrill is running as a Republican, and Thompson is running as aDemocrat.

Ward Three Alderman Gerald Buffington is not seeking re-election. In that open seat, Buffington’s wife Sally Buffington will run along with Johnathon L. Anderson and Ray Magee. All three are running as Democrats.

Ward Four Alderman Halbert Walker will face challenger Ann Lott. Walker is running as a Democrat while Lott is running as a Republican.

The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 2.  The general election will be Tuesday, June 6.