Okatoma Festival Parade Plans underway; Rubber Duck Tickets Available

The Covington County Chamber of Commerce will host the 32nd annual Okatoma Festival on Saturday, May 1, 2021.   Plans are underway for the events of the day including the 2021 Okatoma Festival Parade to be held on Saturday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot make a float, you may use a 4-wheeler, truck, car, or golf cart.  Due to safety concerns, walkers will not be permitted to participate in the parade with the exception of bands, color guard, and The Camp Shelby Youth Challenge Group.  For more information on the parade, please contact Ginger Kirkley at Peoples Bank at 601-765-6514 or email gkirkley@pbms.com.

Rubber Duck Race tickets are available at all the local banks.  Many prizes will be available including a first prize of $300, a second prize of $200, and a third prize of $100.

The special guest for the day and Grand Marshal of the parade will be country recording artist John King.

For more information about the Festival, contact the Covington County Chamber of Commerce at  601-765-6012.

Covington County Hospital opens new Vaccination Drive-Thru in Collins

Covington County Hospital recently acquired the old Covington County Nursing Center across the street from Collins High School in Collins.  The hospital opened a Covid-19 vaccination drive thru in the building on Monday, March 15, 2021.

The vaccination drive thru will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Patients wishing to receive their Covid-19 vaccination must make an appointment by calling 601-419-SHOT.

“We will still leave doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on our outlying clinics, such as Sumrall, Magee and Taylorsville, but this will give individuals in Covington County a central location to receive their Covid-19 vaccine,” said Santana Fulcher, CCH Clinic Director.

As of Monday morning, the hospital had doses of the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccine available.  Patients will be able to choose which vaccination they would like to receive depending on availability.

In addition to a vaccine drive thru, CCH will be moving some staff members to the facility for increased office space as the hospital continues to grow.

The Covington County Nursing Center has been empty since 2018 when the company that owned the building built Landmark of Collins.  Until CCH purchased the building, it was owned and managed by the City of Collins.

Hamilton named administrator at Landmark of Collins

Landmark of Collins has named Bobby Hamilton as the new Administrator.  Before being named Administrator in November 2020, he served as the Director of Psychology at Millcreek Rehabilitation Center in Magee.  He has over 20 years of experience in the Mental Health and Developmentally Disabled population.  Mr. Hamilton received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science Degree in Psychology from William Carey University.  Mr. Hamilton also serves as the Senior Pastor of Pillars of Truth Church in Mendenhall.  He resides in Magee with his wife, Karen, and their son, Colby.

NOTICE OF LAND TO MATURE

FOR 2017 DELINQUENT TAXES – COLLINS, MISSISSIPPI

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW, I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE THAT THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LANDS, WERE, ON THE 27TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2018 SOLD FOR THE TAXES FOR THE YEAR 2017, AND THAT THE TITLES TO SAID LANDS WILL BECOME ABSOLUTE TO THE PURCHASER UNLESS REDEMPTION FROM SAID TAX SALE IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE 27TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2020.

THIS THE 1ST DAY OF JULY 2020.

SUZETTE DAVIS
CITY CLERK, CITY OF COLLINS

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POSITION AVAILABLE

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Collins announce an opening for full-time position in the Public Works Department.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Applications may be picked up at City Hall during the hours of 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.  Deadline for receiving applications will be July 15, 2020, at 5:00 P.M.

Governor Reeves Extends Safer At Home To Protect Public Health, Reopens Barbershops and Salons

Governor Reeves Extends Safer At Home To Protect Public Health, Reopens Barbershops and Salons

by Renae Eze, The Governor’s Office

During his press conference on Friday, May 8, 2020,  Governor Tate Reeves announced the next stage for Mississippi to continue safely reopening the state’s economy while protecting public health.
In a new executive order, Governor Reeves extends his Safer At Home Order for another two weeks until 8:00 AM on Monday, May 25 in an effort to continue flattening the curve while allowing Mississippians to get back to work safely. Consulting with our state health officials, the Governor also lays out strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols for salons, barbershops, and gyms to begin reopening now to restore the livelihoods of the small businesses owners and their employees.
“The human cost of another Great Depression is higher than the benefit of broad orders. As we work to re-open our economy, that is not a signal that the threat of the virus is gone. It is a shift in strategy because months of making it illegal for small businesses to operate is not sustainable. To the people of Mississippi: I am asking you—begging you—to exercise your personal responsibility,” said Governor Tate Reeves.
Governor Reeves announced his new executive order at his daily press briefing today, which you can view on our Facebook page here.
In this latest executive order, the Governor lays out strict social distancing guidelines to begin the process of slowly and safely reopening salons, barbershops, and gyms, including:

SALONS & BARBERSHOPS:
For businesses:
Before they can reopen, the entire salon or barbershop must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, salons and barbershops must be deep-cleaned daily.
All salons and barbershops are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances.
Minimizing person-to-person contact through technology, like mobile or online reservations and contact-less payment, is encouraged.
Salons and barbershops must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.
Chairs are to be rearranged to ensure at least 6 feet between each customer and be sanitized after each use by a customer.
Only one customer per employee is allowed in the salon or barbershop at any given time.
For employees:
All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
Employees must also wear disposable gloves and change them between customers, as well as wash their hands between every customer.
All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For customers:
All waiting areas are to remain closed. Customers must wait in their vehicles until their appointment time and they are called for screening before entering.
Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting.
Customers will be screened upon entry, including asking whether they have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19.
Customers must wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, while inside at all times, unless they’re receiving a service that would be impeded by the covering.
Each customer must be draped with a clean cape, which are to be laundered after each use. A protective neck strip should also be placed around the neck of each customer getting a haircut.

GYMS:
For businesses:
Before they can reopen, the entire gym must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, gyms must be deep-cleaned daily.
All gyms are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Gyms must close to the public by 10:00 PM each day.
In addition to other gym staff, there must be at least one employee onsite during hours of operation dedicated to wiping down equipment after each use.
All high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.
Exercise machines and equipment must be rearranged and.or deactivated to ensure at least 6 feet between customers.
Gyms must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.
Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances and throughout the gym floor.
All common areas must remain closed.

For employees:
All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Every employee on the gym floor must wear disposable gloves to be changed at least once an hour.

For customers:
No more than 30% of the gym’s maximum capacity. Gyms are encouraged to limit customers’ time to a max of 1 hour per day.
Classes or group exercises are allowed with customers maintaining a minimum of a 6-foot distance apart.
Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting the gym and when they move between equipment.

Crime Cameras installed in Collins city limits to aid Police Department

    Collins Police Department Chief of Police Joey Ponder is pleased to announce that in April 2020 the Crime Cameras from the Project NOLA are up and running at multiple locations throughout the city limits of Collins.  The cameras will be monitored and record 24/7 and have the ability to pan, tilt, zoom, and record.

It is a real-time monitoring center at the Collins Police Department station.  These cameras will help the CPD get a leg up on crime prevention and deter crime.

2020 Okatoma Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the Covington County Chamber of Commerce and the Okatoma Festival Committee have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Okatoma Festival that was set for Saturday, May 2, in Collins.  Due to the concern and precautionary measures being taken by the (CNN) US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and our state government agencies to control the spread of COVID-19, the Chamber wants to abide by their recommendation to cancel the Festival.  The health and safety of the chamber members, the entire community, and visitors remain the top priority.
According to Marie Shoemake, Executive Director of the Covington County Chamber of Commerce, the annual Festival is a homecoming that draws the citizens of the county together.  The Festival showcases the schools, churches, civic organizations, and promotes the “quality of life” that is enjoyed in Covington County.
The Chamber is making plans for the 2021 Okatoma Festival to be held Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Relief from the Storms

Covington County has begun the long process of cleaning up the debris left behind from two catastrophic tornadoes that devastated the county on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.  The people of Covington County, however, are resilient and once again, as with other disasters, are working together to put their lives back together.
Local churches (even some that suffered damage) stepped up and immediately helped clear debris and then set up places where anyone in need can receive meals, clothing, supplies, and an encouraging word.  Organizations have come into the county with food and clothing as well as equipment to help clear the debris.  The Board of Supervisors, the Mayors, and the County and City Employees are working hard to get the cleanup done.  First Responders provided rescue and medical services, and are providing resources and aid to victims of the storm.  Some of those that are aiding people in need are themselves victims of the storms but want to assist in helping others.
The power companies, with the help of fellow power companies, have come in and have restored the power in almost all areas.  The water and gas companies are working to restore service to all customers that are able to receive the utilties.
While dealing with the horror of the storms, many people for a short while had forgotten about the Coronavirus.  This global COVID-19 pandemic adds to the difficulty in cleaning up the massive debris.  While cleaning up, people need to practice social distancing and think about how to slow the spread of the virus.
The strong people of Covington County are grateful to their fellow citizens and to the many people who have come from near and far to their aid, bringing with them food, supplies, and equipment as well as a helping hand.  Restoration is on its way.

Storms and Tornadoes sweep through Covington County Easter Sunday

Many homes and businesses destroyed in wake of storms; 11 fatalities reported in surrounding counties
A storm system ravaged through the Pine Belt Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2020, causing extensive damage in Covington County and the surrounding counties.  Two strong tornadoes ripped through the county with winds estimated to be in excess of 200 miles per hour, possibly EF4 or EF5s.
The first tornado traveled through Walthall, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis, Covington, Jones, Jasper, and Clarke counties.  The second tornado caused more damage in Walthall, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis and Covington Counties.
The power of the storms was evident by the damage to the homes, churches, farms, and businesses throughout the county.  The first tornado is reported to have been on the ground for more than 103 miles.
There have been no deaths in Covington County reported at press time  but there were injuries.  Eleven fatalities are confirmed in other counties.
More than 22,000 people in the Pine Belt area are without power and many without water.