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.

Community Movie Night held October 13

A community movie night will be held Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Covington County Courthouse.  “The Sandlot” will be the featured film.  Families are invited to come and bring lawn chairs and blankets.  There is no charge for the event.

Covington County Hospital to host 5K run October 27

Covington County Hospital along with Relay for Life of Covington County will host the 5k Run on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Covington County Hospital. The pre-registration fee is $30 and $35 on race night. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For information about the run or sponsoring this event, contact the event organizer, Missy Lott at 601-698-0153 or visit

Peanut Festival held this weekend

To many, the Fall season means the change of leaves, cooler temperatures and bonfire gatherings; but for Covington Countians, it’s all about the Peanut Festival.
Now in its fifth year, the Mississippi Peanut Festival, held at Mitchell Farms in Collins, has gained momentum as one of the area’s premier events of the season.
Thousands of people come from all over to get bags of the Mitchells’ delicious peanuts, shop at arts and crafts booths, stroll through the five-acre grass maze and pick a pumpkin from the notorious pumpkin patch.
Guests also enjoy a wide selection of food  vendors, live entertainment and access to the farm’s various amenities.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 8 a.m until 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Entry fee  includes admisson to the pumpkin patch and maze.
For more details, call 601-765-8609 or visit the farm’s website at

Main Street paving project underway

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began this week the paving project along Main Street in Collins.  Work will be ongoing through October 31 from the hours of 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.
MDOT has contraacted with The Blain Company to pave, mill and stripe Main Street.
“We are very excited about the new paving,” said Mayor V.O. Smith.  “This will make our downtown look real good.  It’s also going to be a nice, smooth ride through town.”
Crews, according to the Mayor, must be off site by 6 a.m. so as not to interfere with daily business along Main Street.
“They will be working at night so they don’t block traffic,” Smith said.  “This project is going to make our town look very nice for the Christmas season.”

DA warns of counterfeit bills in our area

District Attorney Matt Sullivan is cautioning businesses and citizens of Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith Counties to beware that his office and other law enforcement agencies are receiving increasing reports of individuals in our area attempting
to use counterfeit bills as legitimate currency.  Sullivan is urging the public to use caution and common sense when accepting cash.  “Some of the fake money being taken into evidence recently appears extremely authentic,” says Sullivan.  It is a crime to knowingly possess, transfer and/or manufacture United States currency.  To do so may be both a federal and state crime.  Please report any violations to your local police departments or sheriff’s offices.

Chamber sets dates for Christmas in the Park

The Covington County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual Christmas in the Park.  The Bettie Robertson Park in Collins will soon be transformed by thousands of glittering lights on display throughout the Christmas season.
According to Chamber Executive Director Marie Shoemake, this year will include several new displays.
“This is a positive thing for our community,” said Shoemake.  “It has a good economic impact on Covington County and it is something everyone can enjoy.”
Shoemake noted that the chamber is seeking volunteers to help with the event which is held each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during the Christmas season.
“We are also taking memorials which can be purchased by calling the chamber office,” Shoemake said.
This year’s display will be open November 24-December 31 on Thursday-Saturday nights from 5-9 p.m.
For more information contact the Covington County Chamber of Commerce at 601-765-6012.