Black Heritage celebration scheduled in Collins

The 20th annual Black Heritage Celebration of Covington County will take place during the month of February with the theme “A Legacy of Strength…A Future of Hope. Honoring Veterans.” The celebration includes a Beauty and Beau Pageant; Youth & Teens Health Fair and Heritage Museum. The celebration will end with a Heritage Parade on Saturday, Febraury 25 at 12 noon on Main Street in Collins. Entertainment will follow the parade.

Veterans Jamboree to be held October 15

On October 15, 2016, Veterans OutReach will be holding our third annual Veterans Jamboree fundraising event in the Collins Civic Center on Highway 49N.
Our current plans are to start the day at 9 a.m. with food vendors, arts and craft booths, open until 5 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. Veterans OutReach will offer a catfish plate lunch for sale on the Collins Civic Center grounds until 5 p.m.   We are also selling raffle tickets on a Browning Bolt Action Rifle and a Yeti cooler package.
We will have free live entertainment inside the civic center until 5 p.m.; classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display throughout the day on the civic center grounds.  A Military group with military equipment will also be present on the grounds.
Our concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with country music singer Travis Clark; and at 8 p.m. music by Mountain Faith until 9 p.m.  Mountain Faith is a modern bluegrass group from North Carolina that has appeared on America’s Got Talent and the Grand Ole Opry.  Tickets for the concert are $20 each plus tax.
All donated funds and profits generated by this event will be used for the aid and comfort of our elderly veterans residing in the MS State Veterans Homes.

Collins High School Graduation is May 21

Commencement exercises for Collins High School are set for Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at Jones County Junior College in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
This year’s Valedictorian is Jessica Ingram, daughter of Tasha and Doug Ingram of Collins.  Jaila Richard is the Salutatorian.  She is the daughter of Tamika Arrington and Tyrone Richard.

This year’s graduates are:

Triston Michael Anderson
Deon Rashad Arrington
Kamiya Marie Arrington
Vadall Demario Atkins
Cha’reka Rachena Omesha Baggett
Lee Guster Barnes, III
Summantha Angelica Barnes
Casey LeAnn Beasley
Diane Marie Bond
Timothy Allen Brown, Jr. Dontavius Rayshon Buckhalter
Daniel Logan Byrne
Kellie Renee’ Carter
Joy Abby Coats
Taywonn Orthinyell Donta Coleman
Nathan Kaine Conway
Thomas McKenzie Crocker
Timothy Donald Dossett, II
D’Andre Lamond Ducksworth
Timothy O’Neal Durr
Kevin Ty Edison
Jasmine Nicole Evans
Javin Gleen Fairley
Paullexia Breanna Flowers
Rakerian Daimek Forrest
Adam Romulus Graham Diawon Malik Gray
John Lewis Harris, Jr.
Derric Juan Hawthorn
Detric Javon Hawthorn
Johnny Curtis Hawthorne, III
Deonta Travon Ledrew Hayes
Kacee’ Satcher Olion Haye
Tre’Von Rashad Hinton Victoria Alexandra Hodges
Jessica Joanna Grace Ingram
Chilibra Knikoyle James
Triens Tristan Tyreck Johnson
Amanda LeAnne Jones Andrew Jermaine Alexander Keys
Calvin Dale Keys, Jr. Jahrina Erlisha Keys
Safari Shambra Keys
Deiondreikia Roshell Lee
Halle Alexis Leggett
Sakuma Jamale Magee
Tilaria Samantha Letia Magee
Brandon Scott Marcel
Dylan Tyler McDonald
Kordell Dae Cavoes McInnis
Dorrean Rashawn McLaurin
Joe Edward Owens
Zesmon Avonta Paige
Karshanda Lashae Polk
Nia Charnea Posey
Monquiter Conshalya Price
Taryanna Ly’esha Price
Sherman Louis Ratliff
Kenterrious Juwan Rhodes
Jaila Tyria’ Richard
Jasmyn Lakia Scott
William Cameron Scott
Raven Symone Slay
Demarreion Ty’Ree Spencer
Jakel Daquan Thompson
Keith Antoine Watson, Jr.
Nadia Quenisha Wheeler
Allyah Meshelle Williams
Tyrekuis Jamall Womak

Family Care Express Clinic extends hours in Collins

To better serve the community, Family Care Express of Covington County Hospital has extended its hours. The clinic is now open one hour earlier than before, at 8 a.m., on weekdays.
The extension means the clinic serves patients for 11 hours each weekday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is also open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Walk-ins are always welcome.
The friendly, professional staff remains committed to quick service, pledging to get patients from seated to treated in 30 minutes or less.
“During the past year, Family Care Express has experienced tremendous growth.  Our goal has always been to be there when you need us and we feel that opening up earlier during the week helps us to do just that,” comments Gregg Gibbes, Clinic Director for Covington County Hospital.
Family Care Express, a clinic of Covington County Hospital, is the only after-hours and weekend clinic in Covington County. The clinic is located at 3275 Highway 49, Suite E, in Collins in the shopping center with Subway and Pizza Hut. For more information, call 601-765-6292 or visit the Covington County Hospital website at covingtoncountyhospital.com.

Collins firemen graduate from State Fire Academy

Collins firemen Joel Wilson and Michael Davis graduated from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.
The course, an intense and physically demanding seven-week session, included classroom and hands-on instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials and other fire related topics.
The course met and exceeded the National Fire Protection Association training standard for firefighter qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards.
“Wilson and Davis, through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, will be an asset to the City of Collins Fire Department and the citizens that we have sworn to protect,” said Fire Chief John Pope. “These men represented our department and city well and we are very proud of their accomplishment in completing the Basic Firefighter Training Academy Class #159.”

Collins Tigers win second straight state title

By BRIAN KEYS

The Collins Tigers traveled to Oxford on Saturday to compete in the 3A Mississippi State Championship against Charleston. In the rematch of last year’s 3A final, Collins led for only 17 seconds, but those 17 seconds proved to be enough as Collins came out on top 34-32 and repeated as State Champions for the second time.

Charleston got on top early and kept the lead through most of all four quarters. With 6:56 left in the first quarter, Charleston took the lead on a 12 yard run. The conversion failed, but Charleston led 6-0. At the 4:22 mark in the first quarter, Charleston added a 2 yard TD run to extend their lead to 12-0. Detric Hawthorn scrambled into the end zone with 32 seconds left in the first quarter to close the gap to 12-6.The second quarter belonged to Charleston. At the 8:56 mark in the second, Charleston scored on a 15 yard run to extend the lead to 18-6, Charleston. With 29 seconds left in the half, Charleston scored again on a 17 yard TD run and took a 26-6 lead into the locker room over the return state champion Collins Tigers.

Both teams returned to play the third quarter with defense on their mind. Each team had a pair of turnovers in the quarter, but no touchdowns were scored. The Third quarter ended as it began, 26-6 Charleston.

The “heart attack kids” went to work early in the fourth quarter. With 11:30 left in the game, Hawthorn hooked up with Calvin Keys for a 19 yard TD pass. Hawthorn added the conversion to close the score to 26-14, Charleston. At the 8:56 mark, Hawthorn scrambled into the end zone for another Tiger score. The conversion failed, but the score was now 26-20, Charleston. Collins tied the game with 3:52 left in the regulation on a one yard score. The conversion failed, but the score was now tied at 26 all.

Charleston took most of the time on the clock to drive the length of the field and score with 28 seconds remaining. The conversion failed and with only 28 seconds, the Tigers were down 32-26. Charleston set up for a “squib” kick to avoid a long return, but Keys had other thoughts as he fielded the low kicked ball at his own 25 yard line and returned it 75 yards for the tying score. The conversion followed and Hawthorne hooked up with his brother Derrick Hawthorn in the front corner of the far end zone to score the winning points with 15 seconds remaining.

This year the Tigers dedicated their season to a fallen team member, Jabari Goudy, who passed away in July. The team wore his number, 66, on their helmets and their sleeves. Each of these thoughts was heart-warming, but none more than the final score of the game. Collins scored 34 and Charleston 32, and that total makes 66, which can be seen on every Tiger uniform representing the memory of Goudy.
The top performers for the Tigers were Hawthorn with 198 passing yards, 48 rushing yards, and 3 touchdowns, and Keys with 96 receiving yards and 2 TDs.

The Tigers had 198 passing yards and 112 rushing yards for 310 offensive yards.

Collins finished the season 15-1 with their only loss being to Hattiesburg High. For the second time in just over 10 years, the Tigers took home the 3A State Championship trophy.