Collins Fire Department adds new pumper truck to its fleet

The Collins Fire Department is adding another truck to its fleet thanks to a contribution by Kinder Morgan. The petroleum company with an operation in Covington County contributed the new foam pumper truck to the department. It will be added to the department’s industrial fire response divisions fleet. The truck, which had previously served at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tank Farm & Bremen, Georgia Tank Farm was transferred to the department earlier this year. The specialized foam truck will allow the department to better serve and respond to incidents at the tank farms and terminals and any incidents involving flammable liquids. “We are delighted to give back to a community where we have operated for over 70 years and that our employees call home. The City of Collins Fire Department provides a great public service and we hope the donation of this fire truck helps them in their critical mission,” said Steve Polk, Manager, Operations. Collins Fire Chief John Pope agreed the donation was much appreciated. “We are proud to serve our community and our petroleum industry partners with the best possible response capabilites,” said Pope.

Mayor Hope Jones, Board of Aldermen sworn in

New Collins Mayor Hope Jones and the Board of Aldermen to the Oath of Office on Monday, July 3.  Pictured, from left, are Ward Three Alderman Sally Buffington; Alderman At Large Bobby Mooney; Mayor Hope Jones; Ward Two Alderman Robert Thompson; Ward Four Alderman Debbie Lundy and Ward One Alderman Lester Magee.

City Leaders to take Oath of Office on July 3

City leaders in Collins will take the Oath of Office over before beginning their four-year terms.

The ceremony will be held on Monday, July 3 at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center. The Aldermen taking the Oath alongside new Mayor Hope Magee Jones include Bobby Mooney, Lester Magee, Robert Thompson, Sally Buffington and Debbie Lundy.

Mayor Smith to be honored for service to City of Collins

As Collins Mayor V.O. Smith nears the end of his term, many have gathered to honor his legacy with the city.
At the Mississippi Municipal League meeting held June 19, Smith was celebrated for his hard work and dedication to not only the City of Collins, but the Mississippi Municipal Service Company and the Mississippi Municipal League during the last three decades.
Officials with the City of Collins will host a dedication ceremony for the V.O. Smith Courtyard located on Main Street next door to City Hall. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. with special acknowledgements to be given.
Light refreshments will be served.

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, Registration begins May 22, but participants may sign up at any point during the program.

Main Street park to be named after longtime Collins Mayor

Collins Aldermen voted unanimously at their meeting on Tuesday, May 16 to name the park on Main Street in honor of Mayor V.O. Smith. “V.O. has done a lot for our town, and I think we ought to do this for him,” said Alderman-At-Large Bobby Mooney. The city purchased the property located nextdoor to City Hall last year. When it was purchased a dilapidated building was on the property, and crews went to work tearing down the building in preparation for a small green space. Mayor Smith took the project on to create a park where an eyesore once sat. “I’m all for it,” said Alderman Lester Magee. Smith, who has served as Mayor of Collins for nine terms was defeated in the primary election earlier this month. “The park will have a plaque at the entrance and an arched sign above it with his name on it,” said Mooney. The motion was made and it passed unanimously.