Residents unite in support of Christmas in the Park

Main Street in Collins was packed with residents and neighbors from nearby communities who came to show their overwhelming support for Mayor V.O. Smith and the Collins Board of Aldermen.

The group gathered outside City Hall at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 3 to support the “Christmas in the Park” light display after the city received a letter from the Madison, Wisconsin, based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) regarding the display.  The complaint, made by an unnamed local resident, sparked the FFRF to demand that the city immediately remove all religious displays from the Bettie C. Robertson Memorial Park because they are an endorsement of Christianity by the City of Collins.

The Mayor, Aldermen and City Attorney are investigating the facts and the law concerning said demand to determine the course of action to be taken by the City in response.

“Christmas in the Park” will continue this holiday season.

Chamber to host Political Forum on October 20

The Covington County Chamber of Commerce and the Covington County Extension Executive Advisory Council will host a political forum on Tuesday, October 20.
This forum is designed to help voters be better informed about the candidates and their platforms before the General Election held on Tuesday, November 3.
The political forum will be held at the Covington County Courthouse at 6 p.m. upstairs in the courtroom.
The forum will be moderated by Mitch Stennett, past president of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County.
All are invited to attend.

CPD adds first female, African American officer

Chief Joey Ponder announced that the City of Collins has hired the first female, African American police officer in the department’s history.  Officer Angelique Duncan was hired by the department in September and is currently enrolled in the 11-week course at the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute at Camp Shelby to become a certified police officer with the Collins Police Department.

“We are thrilled to have Angelique joining our department,” said Ponder.  “She will do a great job for the City of Collins.”

Cold Springs makes donations

Cold Springs Baptist Church sold blue ribbons to members of the community to show support for law enforcement. The church raised a little over $2,300 said Pastor West Garner. The church donated the funds to the Collins Police Department and the Seminary Police Department to purchase bullet proof vests.