Covington County Students head back to class

Covington County students headed back to school this week. In an effort to give everyone time to become acclimated to the changes, students returned to school with a rolling start schedule. Superintendent of Education Babette Duty and her staff have been on the school campuses this week to support the approximately 470 employees and 2700 students. (Report from The News-Commercial)

John McLaurin retires from City of Collins after 25 years

John McLaurin was recently honored upon his retirement for his twenty-five years of service to the City of Collins. He worked with the City from 1995-2020 driving the Garbage Truck.

Mayor Hope Magee Jones presented Mr. McLaurin with a key to the City and Public Director Bob Shoemake presented him with a plaque. The city would like to extend congratulations to Mr. McLaurin for a job well done.

Carrie Underwood honored with Retirement Reception July 23

Carrie Massengale Underwood was given a Retirement Reception on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Civic Center in Collins. Mrs. Underwood retired as the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Collins after eleven years of dedicated service to the City.

Pictured above are (from left), former Mayor V. O. Smith, Carrie Underwood, and current Mayor Hope Magee Jones.

During the time of presentation and recognition, comments were given by Mayor Hope Magee Jones, former Mayor V. O. Smith, City Clerk Suzette Davis, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Williamson, City of Collins Fire Chief John B. Pope III, and Mississippi Municipal Clerks Association President JoAnn Robinson.

Mrs. Underwood was presented a key to the City by Mayor Jones. Among the other gifts she received was a collage blanket that had pictures from her years of service with the city. This was presented to her from City Clerk Suzette Davis and the City Hall Office Team.

Music for the evening was presented by John Douglas, Stacy Blackwell, and Ken Craft.

Online Tax Sale to be held August 31

The City of Collins will hold its annual tax sale online on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.via the GovEase website. The City of Collins Tax Collector Suzette Davis will conduct an online tax sale for delinquent and unpaid taxes for the year of 2019.  The GovEase website will allow bidders to submit bids, view and download auction results.

Click here to view the properties that will be listed for sale.

Collins officials urge residents to heed warnings regarding COVID-19 to slow the spread

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen have been closely monitoring the developments related to  the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The public health and safety of our employees and the Citizens of Collins will always be our number one priority. The City has taken what we feel are a series of appropriate precautionary measures to protect the public health and safety of employees and the Citizens of Collins. Therefore, we will follow the guidelines from the President of the United States concerning the Coronavirus for America listed below:

Do Your Part to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Avoid Social Gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts; however,  use of drive- thru, pickup, or delivery options is highly encouraged.

Avoid Discretionary Travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Practice Good Hygiene:

Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.

Avoid touching your face.

Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

MSDH guidelines to be followed in Collins during COVID-19 outbreak

Given the ever-changing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Mayor and Board of Aldermen recommend the Citizens of Collins follow the recommendations released on Friday March 20, 2020 by the Mississippi Department of Health. These recommendations are to protect the public health, safety and wellbeing of all citizens. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen are closely monitoring the developments related to the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to say thank you to our local restaurants who have begun carry-out only and delivery services to their customers.

Sanford wins Miss Hospitality

Three Covington County high school young women competing for the Covington County Chamber of Commerce’s Miss Hospitality met at the People’s Bank board room in Collins Thursday, March 7, 2019 for interviews and competition. Larsen Brooke Sanford, right, was selected by judges as the overall winner, and she’ll compete next at the state level. Also pictured are Laka Maureen Till, left, and Hannah Faith Kirby, center.

Collins student chosen as state level DECA officer

Stevion Alexander was selected as 2019 DECA District IV State Coordinator (District Vice-President). He is the first student from the Covington County Vocational Center to hold a state DECA office. The District Coordinator holds a very essential position on the DECA State Action Team. This job demands time, dedication, and organization. Stevion Alexander is responsible for keeping all chapters within his district informed of Chartered Association Activities. Stevion is a junior at Collins High School. This is his second year in the DECA Club. He is the son of Deannie Williams of Collins and Timothy Alexander of Pinola.