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2010 A Golden Triangle Directory
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Despite the bars on the windows, books, not prisoners, fill the Noxubee County Library, which is housed in the old county jail.
The facade of the newly renovated Ritz Theater, reborn as a cafe and meeting center as well as a theater, greets visitors to West Point’s downtown.
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Columbus’ Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, is a 190-acre educational and recreational facility featuring displays about the area’s rich fossil history.
The Mississippi State Capitol, located in downtown Jackson, is the heart of state government and home to the offices of the governor and both legislative houses.
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A compiled list of 101 tips from our readers on good food, fun and field trips inside the Golden Triangle and within driving distance in north Mississippi and Alabama.
Kathy Fetters cuts out archaic words printed on hand letter presses at her art studio and gallery in downtown Gordo, Ala.
The Cullis and Gladys Wade Clock Museum, located in the lobby of the Mississippi State University Welcome Center at the Cullis wade depot, showcases an extensive collection of more than 400 clocks.
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We consulted our readers for insiders’ info on good food, fun and field trips inside the Golden Triangle, and within driving distance. Here are 101 ways to enjoy north Mississippi and Alabama
1. Soulful fare: Savor Southern soul food at Helen’s Kitchen on 15th Street North in Columbus, 662-328-3063, or Jones Cafe in Catfish Alley, 662-327-9933. 2. Corinth ribs: Of the Rib Shack in Corinth, an online reviewer writes, “I’ve eaten a lot of ribs, the Rib Shack has the best … I’ve eaten, anywhere. The prices are awesome also.” 920 Highway 72 E. Corinth.
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3. Steak out: Eat a steak at the Old Hickory Steakhouse, a Columbus institution, on Highway 45 N. Ask for a front booth. 4. Famous food: Birmingham is developing a national reputation for its haute cuisine. See for yourself at one of its celebrated restaurants, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Highlands Bar and Grill, Chez Fonfon or Bottega Cafe. 5. Say cheese: Some say Jubilations Cheesecake is the best. See for yourself. 1536 Gardner Blvd., Columbus. 6. Dagwood’s paradise: Tackle one of the out-
rageously huge sandwiches at United Deli on the corner of Tuscaloosa Road and Gardner Boulevard in Columbus. 7. Ribs and white bread: Eat the worldfamous ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa, or Archibald’s in Northport, Ala. 8. Hold the mustard: Bill’s Hamburgers in Amory is mentioned in any number of food guides. 310 North Main St.; Amory. 9. Barbecue and bulldogs on the tube: Watch a Mississippi State away football game on the Grumpytron at Grumpy’s, a barbecue
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Steaks on the grill at Old Hickory Steakhouse on Highway 45 North in Columbus.
joint at 105 Martin Luther King Junior Drive East, Starkville. 10. Sidewalk scene: Hang out for Happy Hour at Bin 612 — best when the weather is nice, 612 University Drive or go down the street to City Bagel for outside dining. Starkville. 11. Taylor-made: Some of the best bone-in fried catfish in north Mississippi can be found at Taylor Grocery, off Old Taylor Road in Taylor, 10 miles south of Oxford. Brown-bag a bottle of wine. 12. Pinch the tails … : Eat a plate of crawfish nachos at Huck’s, 121 Fifth St. S., Columbus. 13. Hot fudge on Coontail Road: Eat the hot fudge cake with secret sauce at the Friendship House off Coontail Road between Aberdeen and Amory. 14. Banzai!: Have great Japanese food prepared at your table by a teppanyaki chef at Umi, 315 Highway 12 W. in Starkville. 15. Cup O’ Joe: Relax with your favorite espresso drink or smoothie at Beans and
Cream or Kudoz in Columbus, and Strange Brew or the campus Barnes & Noble in Starkville. 16. Classic diner experience: Eat breakfast at Starkville Cafe. Ask for the “duck butter.” 212 Main St., Starkville. 17. Fine dining in West Point: Celebrate a memorable occasion with dinner at the newly renovated Ritz or Anthony’s, the latter a West Point institution, the former a welcome up-andcomer. 18. Fill ’er up: Have lunch at Mustang Oil, 2205 Main St., in Greensboro, Ala. Part gas station, part restaurant with great ribs and catfish. 19. Burger in a hurry: If you dare, eat the monster Mugshot Burger at Mugshots in Starkville or Tuscaloosa, Ala. If you can finish it in 12 minutes, it’s free, 101 N. Douglas Conner Drive, Starkville.
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Lunch is served at Mugshots in Starkville, 101 N. Douglas Conner Drive.
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20. Take it to the streets: Enjoy an array of festivals, including Starkville’s Cotton District Arts Festival (April), Columbus’ Market Street Festival (May) and West Point’s Prairie Arts Festival (September). 21. Knitters’ paradise: Some might not believe that downtown Columbus has a worldclass yarn store. Visit Yarns Downtown, 120 Fifth St. S. 22. Window to the past: See an example of Tiffany stained glass at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus. 23. West Point window shopping: Beautifully maintained storefronts house a first-rate kitchenware shop, a gun shop, an old-time hardware store and more. Downtown West Point. 24. High-end antiques: Columbus hosts an annual Decorative Arts & Preservation Forum and Antiques Show & Sale each November in the Trotter Convention Center. This year’s sale is Nov. 4-7. More info: 800-920-3533. 25. West Point walkabout: Walk the beautiful Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway, a 3.75 mile
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The weeping angel monument, marking the gravesite of the Rev. Thomas Teasdale, is one of the most photographed monuments at the historic Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.
“Rails to Trails” parkway through town that Main Street at the foot of River Hill. links five local parks. 33. Old times not forgotten: Commune with www.wpnet.org/wp_parks.htm. the spirits floating about the Confederate 26. Gentlemen, start your engines: See a gravestones and historic monuments at dirt-track race at Columbus Motor Speedway, Friendship Cemetery, Fourth Street South, www.columbusspeedway.com, and Magnolia Columbus. Motor Speedway, www.magnoliamotorspeed34. A swig of art: Browse or take an art class way.net at Rosenzweig Arts Center. Main Street, 27. Play date: Picnic and spend an afternoon Columbus. www.columbuswith the kids at Lee Park’s arts.com maze-like playground. 35. Home grown: Visit the Columbus, 662-329-1191. Hitching Lot Farmers’ 28. Toe-tapping fun: Go to Market in Columbus May the Longview Opry and through September. Farmer’s Market every www.hitchinglotfarmersmarSaturday night beginning at ket.com 6. Highway 12, Longview in 36. Cool fun in the sumWebster County. mertime: Have wet fun at 29. Author, author: Attend Dewayne Hayes Recreation the Eudora Welty Writers’ Center’s spray park, 7934 Symposium, which is held Barton Ferry Road, every October during the Columbus. third full week, ThursdayMississippi University for 37. Water music: On Saturday, MUW 1100 Women’s Callaway Hall Thursday evenings in the College St. summer go the Riverwalk 30. Under the ginkgo tree: for Sounds of Summer, an outdoor showcase Take a walking tour of The W campus. With 23 for local music talent. Columbus, 662-329buildings on the National Register of Historic 1191. Places, this 126-year-old university is an architectural treasure trove. 38. Remembering the Wolf: Attend a festival celebrating Clay County’s most famous blues31. Celebrating TW: Attend the Tennessee man, Howlin’ Wolf. West Point first weekend in Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes September. www.wpnet.org / every fall. Columbus, www.muw.edu/tenHowlin_Festival.htm. nesseewilliams. 39. Yuletime traditions: Cut down your own 32. Strollin’ along the river: Enjoy the natural tree at Swedenberg’s Christmas Tree Farm in beauty surrounding the Columbus Riverwalk.
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Columbus, 979 S. Lehmberg Road, 662-3289140 or Gray’s Tree Farm in Amory, 60206 Hatley-Detroit Road, 662-256-5037. 40. Tee up: Golf at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, 1802 Magnolia Drive, 662-4946463, www.oldwaverly.com; Mississippi State University, 662-325-3028, www.golfcourse. msstate.edu; the Columbus Country Club, 2331 Military Road, 662-328-4837; Green Oaks Golf Club in Columbus, 326 Green Oaks Drive, 662-328-3879; and Elm Lake Golf Course in Columbus, 1609 Taylor Thurston Road, 662-329-8964. 41. Up, up and away: Take flying lessons at the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport, 662327-6907 or with Accessible Aviation, 662574-9157. 42. Fun on the Waterway: Go wakeboarding or boating at the Columbus Marina, 295 Marina Drive, or continue on to the Stennis Lock and Dam to relax, picnic, walk or wet a hook. 43. Anglers’ nirvana: The Tenn-Tom Waterway offers a wide range of options for anglers in search of bass, crappie and catfish. The waterway is also famous for its Amateur Bass Trail, which allows amateur fishermen to participate in eight tournaments throughout the year. tenntom.sam.usace.army.mil/ Recreation.html#Fish. 44. Rack ’em up: Play a game of pool at Southern Billiards in Starkville, 103 S. Washington St., 662-323-7665. 45. Fresh veggies: Visit the Starkville Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, 662323-3322.
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Downtown West Point features eclectic shops and restaurants, including the newly renovated Ritz Theater Cafe, which is open for lunch and dinner.
46. Hunters rejoice: Peruse the bonanza of hunting and camping gear at the Mossy Oak Outdoor Outlet, 1251 Highway 45 South in West Point. 47. Wind chimes to horse feed to cowboy boots: Shop at the Starkville Co-Op. 662-3233322. 48. Out in left field: Grill out, enjoy your favorite beverage and, oh yeah, watch the MSU baseball Dogs with a boisterous crowd in the Dudy Noble’s Left Field Lounge. 49. Music after dark: Peruse Starkville’s music scene at Dave’s, 662-324-7001, Rick’s, 662-323-7425, or Cowbell’s, 662-6159600. 50. Check it out at the library: Columbus, West Point and Starkville all have excellent libraries. See for yourself. 51. Watch the Dawgs bite: Buy a season ticket to Mississippi State football games, 662-323-3322. 52. Honky-tonk dreamers: For a quarter you can hear them sing their songs on the jukebox at the Elbow Room Lounge, 418 Second Ave. N. in Columbus or at the Playmore Lounge, Highway 182 at the Alabama/Mississippi state line. 53. Relics from the past: Take in Columbus history in the Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum, 316 Seventh St. N.; Columbus. 54. Antebellum splendor: Visit historic Waverley Mansion, considered one of America’s castles. 1852 Waverley Mansion Road, Clay County. 55. Southern dreams: If touring Victorian and antebellum homes of Columbus isn’t enough, spend the night on one of several that offer bed and breakfast. For more info, call 662-329-1191.
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56. Let’s get lost: Explore the small towns of the Prairie, Artesia, Crawford and Brooksville, where one should not miss the Ole Country Bakery. 57. Explore west Alabama: Cruise the small towns of this area, each with its own charm: Millport, Vernon, Sulligent and Hamilton. Careful, don’t get lost in Hightogy. 58. Tennessee Williams slept here: The famous playwright was born in Columbus, and his first home is now a welcome center at 300 Main St. 59. Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?: You can at the Tupelo Balloon Festival in April. www.upupnawayfest.info/ 60. Sunset cruise: Cruise the Black Warrior at sunset on the Bama Belle, a split-wheel paddle wheeler based in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1-800-5388696. 61. A field trip to Yoknapatawpha: Take in life on Oxford’s Square. Attend Thacker Mountain Radio show, Thursday afternoons during the fall and spring. Enjoy fine dinning at any number of restaurants on or just off the Square. Don’t forget Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, and the Ole Miss campus with its Grove, art museum and Center for Southern Studies exhibition space. 62. Lake view: Go to Lake Lowndes State Park and just watch the ducks in the water. There also are playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and walking trails, 662-328-2110. 63. Sunrise stroll: Take a sunrise walk in downtown Aberdeen as the early morning light illuminates the old churches, Victorian homes and beautiful old trees, 800-645-3851. 64. Gators and more: If it’s a walk in the woods you’re looking for, try the 48,000-acre Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. The visitor center is located at the edge of Bluff Lake northwest of Brooksville, south of Starkville. www.fws.gov/noxubee. 65. Explore The Dismals: This pristine wilderness area offers romantic cabins, secluded campsites, hiking, waterfalls and a country store, 12 miles south of Russellville, Ala. www.dismalscanyon.com. 66. Tracing history and nature: Take a drive down (or up) the Natchez Trace, the national park that stretches from Natchez to Nashville. www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm. 67. Hound dog homeplace: Visit Elvis Presley’s birthplace and first home in Tupelo. Go downtown to Tupelo Hardware to see where Miss Gladys bought her boy his first guitar. www.elvispresleybirthplace.com 68. Unexpected riches: In addition to its collection of European paintings, the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel boats an impressive array of Japanese prints and Native American baskets. www.lrma.org.
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A young visitor runs among the rocky nature trails of The Dismals, 12 miles south of Russellville, Ala.
69. Hand-painted horses: The city of Meridian has restored its 100-plus-year-old Dentzel Carousel to its original splendor. The merry-go-round has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. w w w.meridianms.org/pr_carousel.htm. 70. Botanical beauty: Birmingham Botanical Gardens 67.5 acres features more than 10,000 different plants. The garden contains more than 25 unique gardens, original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. www.bbgardens.org.
71. Kentuck Festival: Attend what American Style magazine says is one of the top 10 art festivals in the country. In Northport, Ala., on the third weekend in October. www.kentuck.org/festival.html. 72. Rural Art: Visit the Greensboro (Hale County), Ala., home of Auburn’s renown Rural Studio Project (www.cadc.auburn.edu/ruralstudio) and lovely antebellum and turn-of-thecentury homes. 73. Lost realm of the Black Warrior: Explore Moundville Archaeological Park, about 12 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa. Just reopened after a 10-year, $5 million renovation, the Jones Museum showcases 200 stunning artifacts to describe one of the most significant Native American archaeological sites in the United States moundville.ua.edu. 74. Pick ur own: Visit Reese Orchard in Sessums where you can pick peaches, muscadines, apples, figs and pears to your heart’s content. www.reeseorchard.com/aboutus.html. 75. Back to nature: Visit MUW’s Plymouth Bluff Center for information on the earliest days of Columbus, hiking trails and displays highlighting flora and fauna of the area. www.plymouthbluff.com. 76. Grandma’s attic: Browse Falkner Antique Mall on the courthouse square in Vernon, Ala. www.falknerantiquemall.com. 77. German POWs : Aliceville, Ala., doesn’t seem like a likely place for a World War II POW camp for German prisoners, but it was. Learn more at the Aliceville POW Museum and Cultural Center, 104 Broad St. N.E., 205-3732363. 78. Stone-ground: Four generations of Sciples have used water to grind corn and wheat. Call Sciple’s Mill at 601-743-2295, or send orders to Sciple’s Mill, Route 4, Box 119, DeKalb, MS 39328. 525 Sciples Mill Road. 79. A museum for children: Visit the Children’s Hands-On Museum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 2213 University Blvd., www.chomonline.org, 205-349-4235. 80. America’s history in art: The WarnerWestervelt Museum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., houses what is considered one of the top collections of American art. 8316 Mountbatten Road N.E., 205-343-4540, www.warnermuseum.org. 81. Hollywood under the stars: Go to a drivein movie at Blue Moon Drive In Theater, 4690 U.S. 43 in Guin, Ala., 205-468-8046. 82. Camp meeting: Visit the rustic Tabernacle Campground in Ethelsville, Ala., during the annual camp meeting, each summer, www.tabernaclecampground.com. 83. Toe-tapping fun: Enjoy free music, including country, Bluegrass, gospel and karaoke every Saturday night at the Back Street Opry, now in its 20th year at 161 Reeves St. in Vernon, Ala.; call Howard Reeves at the Lamar
County Democrat, 205-695-7029. 84. A view of the city: A statue of Vulcan overlooking Birmingham is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. www.visitvulcan.com/about-vulcan.html.
85. Funny folks: Take in a show at the Comedy Club in Birmingham, Ala., 1818 Data Drive, 205-444-0008, www.stardome.com. Featured comedians have included Bruce Bruce, Margaret Cho, Bill Bellamy, Dave Chappelle, Craig Ferguson, Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Pauly Shore, Rickey Smiley and more. 86. Fleas and more: Tupelo Gigantic Flea Market and Craft Show bills itself as the South’s largest of its kind. 1879 N. Coley Road, 662-842-4442, www.tupelofleamarket.net. 87. Blues tour: Celebrate the rich history of Blues in the area with stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail, including the following markers: Aberdeen Mississippi Blues in Aberdeen, Big Joe Williams in Crawford, Black Prairie Blues in Macon, Columbus Mississippi Blues in Columbus, Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Howlin’ Wolf in West Point and Shake rag in Tupelo, www.msbluestrail.org. 88. Sold to the man in the orange hat: B&B Antiques in Gu-Win, Ala., holds frequent auctions of fine antiques, memrobiblia, National Park Service realty and farm equipment. Along the Natchez Trace, there are many preserved secwww.bb-antiques.com. tions of the Old Trace that can be visited along the 89. White-water thrills: Parkway. The Old Trace at milepost 221.4 is particularly Go kayaking or canoeing photogenic, especially on a foggy winter morning. on Bear Creek in Alabama. Bear Creek Canoe Run, on U.S. Highway 43, Hackleburg, Ala. 205-99398. Mules, chickens and art: Visit the art 4459. gallery that was once a NAPA Auto Parts store 90. Here lies Ole Red: Visit the world’s only in downtown Gordo, Ala., home of Mule Day, coon dog cemetery seven miles west of Chicken Festival. Tuscumbia on U.S. Highway 72. www.coon99. Small-town charm: Visit the specialty dogcemetery.com. shops and art galleries in downtown Northport, Ala. 91. A house party like no other: Visit the 100. All aboard: The city of Amory celebrates Neshoba County Fair, a Mississippi tradition its history at as an important railroad hub, that includes political speechmaking, front complete with a rail car exhibit, at the Amory porch visiting and old-time fun. Held in late July, early August in Philadelphia. While in town Regional Museum, 801 Third Street South, Amory. 662-256-2761, visit Williams Brothers Store, a thriving oldwww.amoryms.us/museum. time general store. 601-656-2651. 101. B’ham museums: You have three to 92. Civil War History: Learn about the Battle choose from: The Civil Rights Institute, The of Shiloh at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive McWane Science Institute (for children) and Center, 501 W. Linden St. 662-287-9273, the Birmingham Museum of Art. www.nps.gov/shil.
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93. Healthy kids: Teach kids healthy habits — and have fun at the same time — at the HealthWorks! Museum in Tupelo. www.healthworkskids.org. 94. High cotton: Spend the night in luxury at the Alluvian Hotel and Spa in Greenwood and take a class at the Viking Cooking School. www.thealluvian.com. 95. Read up: While in Greenwood, stop by one of Mississippi’s newest independent bookstores, TurnRow Books. www.turnrowbooks.com. 96. Southern lit: Sip lemonade and read a William Faulkner novel on the balcony at Square Books, overlooking the Square in Oxford. 97. Weeguns and white bucks: For a deal on a great pair of men’s shoes, do what generations of Mississippians have done; go to Progressive Shoe Store, 11 W. Marion St., Pontotoc.
Nickname: The Magnolia State Motto: Virtute et Armis (By Valor and Arms) Flower: Magnolia Bird: Mockingbird Stone: Petrified wood Beverage: Milk Fossil: Prehistoric whale Land mammal: White-tailed deer Waterfowl: Wood duck Fish: Largemouth or Black bass Insect: Honeybee Shell: Oyster
Water mammal: Bottle-nosed dolphin Song: “Go Mississippi” Entered the Union: Dec. 10, 1817 Capital: Jackson Area: 48,434 square miles Number of counties: 82 Rank in nation: 31st in population (2,844,658, 2000 Census) the 2010 Census is in progress.
area code. The zip code for post office boxes in Jackson is 39205. Current state officials were elected in November 2007. Physical and mailing addresses differ; call for more information.
Governor – Haley Barbour, 501 N. West St., Woolfolk Building, 15th floor (P.O. Box 139), Jackson, MS 39205, or call 601-359-3150. Lieutenant Governor – Phil Bryant, Office of the Lt. Governor, P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215, or call
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Haley Barbour Governor
Phil Bryant Lieutenant Governor
Delbert Hoseman Secretary of State
Jim Hood Attorney General
Tate Reeves State Treasurer
601-359-3200. Secretary of State – Delbert Hosemann, Heber Ladner Building, 401 Mississippi St., (P.O. Box 136) Jackson, MS 39205, or call 601-3591350. Attorney General – Jim Hood, 550 High St., Suite 1200, Jackson, MS 39201, or call 601359-3680. Treasurer – Tate Reeves, P.O. Box 138, Jackson, MS 39205, or call 601-359-3600. State Auditor – Stacey Pickering, Suite 801, Woolfolk Building, Jackson, MS 39201, or call 800-576-2800.
Agriculture Commissioner – Lester Spell, Department of Agriculture and Commerce, 121 N. Jefferson St., Jackson, MS 39201, or call 601-359-1100. Insurance Commissioner – Mike Chaney, State Department of Insurance, 1001 Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Jackson, or call 601-359-3569. Mailing address: P.O. Box 79, Jackson, MS 39205. Northern District Transportation Commissioner – Bill Minor, State Highway Department, P.O. Box 1850, Jackson, MS 39201, or call 3597025; Tupelo office: P.O. Box 2060, Tupelo,
MS 38803, 662-842-1122. Northern District Public Service Commissioner – Brandon Presley, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 1174, Jackson, MS 39201, or call 601-961-5450.
◆ Thad Cochran, United States Senate, 113 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Call 202-224-5054. ◆ Roger Wicker, United States Senate, 555 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Call 202-224-6253.
From cultural events and online courses to SEC sports, Mississippi State has it all.
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Stacey Pickering State Auditor
Lester Spell Dept. of Ag. Comm.
Mike Chaney Insurance Comm.
Bill Minor Transportation Comm.
Brandon Presley Public Serv. Comm.
◆ District 1 – Travis W. Childers, U.S. House of Representatives, 1708 Longworth House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Call 202225-4306. The Lowndes County local office telephone number is 662-327-0748. ◆ District 2 – Bennie Thompson, U.S. House of Representatives, 2432 Rayburn House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Call 202225-5876. ◆ District 3 – Gregg Harper, U.S. House of Representatives, 307 Cannon House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Call 202-225-5031.
The Starkville office telephone number is 662324-0007. ◆ District 4 – Gene Taylor, 2269 Rayburn House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Call 202-225-5772.
◆ District 20 – Monroe, Lowndes. Jimmy G. Puckett, 508 Eighth St. S., Amory, MS 38821. Call 662-256-9423.
To contact a representative during a session, telephone the House switchboard at 601-359-3770.
◆ District 21 – Monroe, Itawamba. Donnie Bell, 836 Tucker Road, Fulton, MS 38843. Call 662-862-3385. ◆ District 23 – Oktibbeha, Clay, Calhoun, Webster. Jim Beckett, P.O. Box 722, Bruce, MS 38915. Call 662-983-2451 or 662-9837358. ◆ District 35 – Choctaw, Oktibbeha, Grenada, Webster. Dannie Reed, 265 College St., Ackerman, MS 39735. Call 662-285-3769. ◆ District 36 – Clay, Lowndes, Monroe. David Gibbs, 5587 George Walker Road, West Point, MS 39773. Call 662-494-6559.
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Thad Cochran U.S. Senator
Roger Wicker U.S. Senator
Travis Childers U.S. Rep. - Dist. 1
Bennie Thompson U.S. Rep. - Dist. 2
Greg Harper U.S. Rep. - Dist. 3
◆ District 37 – Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha. Gary Chism, P.O. Box 2343, Columbus, MS 39704. Call (O) 327-0777 or (H) 328-7769. ◆ District 38 – Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha. Tyrone Ellis, P.O. Box 892, Starkville, MS 39760. Call 662-323-6564 or 662-324-5433. ◆ District 39 – Lowndes. Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Smith, P.O. Box 681, Columbus, MS 39703. Call (O) 662-328-2711 or (H) 662-327-0407. ◆ District 41 – Lowndes. Esther Harrison, 924 Seventh St. S., Columbus, MS 39701. Call 662-327-5294.
◆ District 42 – Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee. Reecy L. Dickson, P.O. Box 293, Macon, MS 39341. Call (O) 662-726-9255 or (H) 662-7254358. ◆ District 43 – Noxubee, Kemper, Winston. Russ C. Nowell, 4226 N. Columbus Ave., Louisville, MS 39339. Call 662-773-4702.
◆ District 7 – Itawamba, Lee, Monroe. Hob
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Jimmy Puckett Rep. Dist. 20
Donnie Bell Re. Dist. 21
Jim Beckett Rep. Dist. 23
David Gibbs Rep. Dist. 36
Winston. Sampson Jackson II, 450 Jackson Road, Preston, MS 39354. Call 601-677-2305, 601-743-5900 or 601-359-3172.
Anti-litter laws – Dumping trash or litter on the highways or right-of-ways is a misdemeanor offense subject to a fine. “Click It or Ticket” – New primary seat-belt mandate requires that every front-seat passenger and every passen-
ger 12 and under wear a safety belt. Boat registration – Boats must be registered with the Mississippi Wildlife, Game and Conservation Office in Jackson. Forms may be obtained at any sporting goods store or the tax office at the county courthouse. Mississippi residents can also renew boat registration online at www.ms.gov/gf/boating/ index.jsp. Tags for trailers may be purchased at the tax office at the courthouse.
Car tags – Automobile license plates must be purchased within seven days of automobile purchase and annually on the date of renewal. At the time the license plate is purchased at the courthouse, the state, county and city ad valorem taxes and privilege taxes for the automobile must be paid to the county tax collector. A person moving to Mississippi from another state in which motor license taxes have been paid may use the vehicle for a period of 30 days, but the vehicle must be registered in Mississippi after that time, or the vehicle owner may be subject to fines if found in violation of the law. For information, contact your county courthouse. Driver’s licenses – These may be purchased by qualified drivers for a four-year period. Licenses for those under 18 are valid for one year. The fee is $20 in cash. Driver’s licenses are issued by the Mississippi Highway Patrol after the applicant has passed an examination. Those who are at least 15 may apply for a temporary driving permit; bring certified birth certificate, Social Security card and marriage license, if applicable. An intermediate license will be issued for those who are at least 15 1/2 years old and who have held a temporary learner’s permit for at least six months without any moving violation. Applicants must also show proof they are enrolled in school. If an intermediate license is granted, the driver is only allowed to drive between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. There is a $5 fee. Applicants for a driver’s license must be at least 16 years of age. Applicants who are 16 must have six months’ experience under an intermediate license;
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Gary Chism Rep. Dist. 37
Tyrone Ellis Rep. Dist. 38
Jeff Smith Rep. Dist. 39
Esther Harrison Rep. Dist. 41
Reecy Dickson Rep. Dist. 42
this requirement does not apply to new residents who have held driver’s licenses in another state for at least six months. New residents must secure a driver’s license within 60 days. Other laws apply; for more information, contact the Driver’s License Bureau at 327-1833. Hunting and fishing licenses – Resident hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased from most local
sporting goods dealers and bait shops. Mississippi residents can also purchase their hunting and fishing licenses online at http://home.mdwfp.com. The persons exempt are residents under age 16 or more than 65 years of age. All others, including military personnel, must purchase a license before hunting. The costs of the various licenses are:
license, not archery/primitive weapon hunting $17 ◆ Small game hunting $13 ◆ All inclusive sportsman’s license (all game, all weapons) $32
◆ Freshwater fishing only $8 ◆ Three-day freshwater fishing only $3 ◆ Combination hunting and freshwater fishing
Fees are in addition to minimal agent and processing fees. Marriage licenses – Marriage licenses are issued by the circuit clerk. If the female applicant is under age 17 and is a resident of Mississippi, the application must be made to the clerk of
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Hob Bryan Sen. Dist. 7
Gary Jackson Sen. Dist. 15
Bennie L. Turner Sen. Dist. 16
Terry Brown Sen. Dist. 17
Sampson Jackson Sen. Dist. 32
the county of her residence. A three-day waiting period is required before the clerk may issue the marriage license. Evidence of blood test and proof of age must also be presented at the filing of an application for license. The cost of the marriage license and necessary certificates is $22; cash is required. For information, call your county circuit clerk’s office. Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law – Every accident
in which a person is killed or injured or in which property damage is in excess of $250 must be reported to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety within five days. If by 20 days after the report has been received, the Department of Public Safety does not have on file satisfactory evidence the person is not liable or has executed an agreement to pay costs in installments, the department must determine the amount of security
sufficient to satisfy any judgment for damages. Driver’s licenses will be suspended within 60 days if the security is not deposited. Security is not required if the driver of the motor vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy of sufficient amount. All drivers in Mississippi are required to have proof of insurance inside their vehicles at all times. Anyone operating a vehicle without proof of insurance will be subject to a fine and suspension of his or her driver’s license. Motor Vehicle Inspection Law – An annual motor vehicle inspection is required. Licensed garages make the inspection for which a fee is charged. A windshield sticker is provided by the inspector. Better Business Bureau – The Better Business Bureau is in place to protect against irresponsible business and scams of all types. It also lends a helping hand to those reputable businesses in need. BBB implemented a program in January 1987 called “Customer Care,” which allows businesses to advertise they are members of the bureau. Under the program, members are allowed to use an arbitration logo in newspapers, periodicals, direct mail, flyers, handouts, billboards, posters, radio/TV, letterheads, business cards and invoices. The logo cannot be used in yellow page ads in telephone books, annual directories and handbooks/manuals. For more information about the Better Business Bureau and its services, call 800-987-8280.
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As it approaches the second centenary of its existence, Columbus is enjoying an unprecedented flurry of industrial development. Despite the changes, residents of the “Friendly City” retain the hospitality for which they are justly famous, welcoming the new, while preserving and paying homage to a remarkable past.
European explorer Hernando de Soto first entered Mississippi when he crossed the Tombigbee River near here in 1540. The first actual trading post along this area of the Tombigbee was established not far from Columbus in 1790. From this trading post, Columbus earned another nickname, “Possum Town” — not because of an abundance of possums, but because to the area’s native
Indians, the proprietor of the trading post resembled a possum. In 1820, Gen. Andrew Jackson brought his Military Road through the area on the way to New Orleans. The first steamboat to navigate the river docked here in 1821, the same year that Columbus was incorporated. Mississippi’s first public school, Franklin Academy, was founded in 1821 in Columbus.
Robert Smith Mayor
Gene Taylor Councilman - Ward 1
Joseph Mickens Councilman - Ward 2
Charlie Box Councilman - Ward 3
Fred Stewart Councilman - Ward 4
Franklin Academy still operates as an elementary school for kindergarten through fourth grade on the original site. The nation’s first “Decoration Day,” or Memorial Day, was observed in 1866 when a group of Columbus women decorated the graves of both the Confederate and Union soldiers at Friendship Cemetery. The women’s actions inspired the poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” America’s first state-supported college for women was founded in Columbus in 1884. Mississippi University for Women today continues its tradition of quality education for men and women. Columbians are proud of MUW as well as Columbus Air Force Base, a pilot training facility and the area’s largest employer. The influx of military personnel brings innovative ideas to the community, and many military retirees choose this area as their permanent home. Columbus is also proud of its historic Main Street district. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Main Street Columbus a winner of the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards, one of four winners nationally.
miles (county) Assessed valuation – $574 million county; $178 million city City statistics – Total city streets mileage, 141; firefighters, 66; police officers, 63 Climate – Temperature – January average daily maximum, 51.1; January average daily minimum, 31.2; July average daily maximum, 92.5; July average daily minimum, 69.5 Major highways – U.S. 45 and 82; state highways 12, 50, 69 and 373. Industry – Principal manufactured products include electric motors, chemicals, trousers, toilet seats, plastics, paper, rubber, clay and brick products, prefabricated steel buildings, steel products, furniture and other wood products. Trade area – Retail trade area has a radius of 50 miles and a population of 250,000.
(C) 549-4314, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ Ward 6 Bill Gavin (H) 327-3323, (C) 574-0295, e-mail: email@example.com
The council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5 p.m. at the City Municipal Complex at 1501 Main St. Meetings are open to the public. Other major city officials include:
Chief Operating Officer – David Armstrong, 329-5119 Chief of Police – Joseph St. John, 244-3500 Fire Chief – Ken Moore, 329-5128 City Attorney – Jeff Turnage, 245-5130 City Judge – Curtis Austin, 328-6127 City Prosecutor – Tim Hudson, 328-2711 City/County Tax Collector and Registrar – Greg Andrews, 329-5700 Columbus Action Center – 329-5147, CAC provides a hotline for people to use to notify city officials about any municipal issues that need attention. The office is located on the first floor of City Hall.
Columbus has a mayor-city council type of government. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote, based on the votes cast throughout the city in the primary and general elections. The six councilmen, also elected every four years, are elected based on votes in predetermined sections, or wards, of the city. The present mayor and council were elected June 2, 2009. They are:
(C) 364-0433, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Hall and Municipal Complex hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The responsibility for administering the duties of county government falls to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. The county is divided into five districts, but has operated under the unit system since January 1989. The officials are elected to a four-year term of office. The last election was held in 2007; the current board will serve through December 2012. The current Lowndes County supervisors are:
◆ Mayor Robert Smith (O) 328-7021, ◆ Ward 1 Gene Taylor (H) 329-1227,
County – Lowndes County seat – Columbus Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 23,798 in the city and 59,284 in the county. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Government – City: mayor and city council; incorporated as a town in 1821 and as a city in 1884. County: five-member board of supervisors. Altitude – 211 feet above sea level Area – 21 square miles (city); 517 square
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(C) 425-1833, e-mail: email@example.com ◆ Ward 2 Joseph Mickens (H) 327-8882, (C) 251-8882, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ Ward 3 Charlie Box (H) 327-1270, (C) 889-2165, e-mail: email@example.com ◆ Ward 4 Fred Stewart (O) 327-5011, (C) 364-1013, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ Ward 5 Kabir Karriem (H) 241-4067,
◆ District 1 Harry Sanders (O) 329-5884, (O) 329-5896, (C) 242-0550, e-mail: email@example.com ◆ District 2 Frank Ferguson (O) 329-5884, (C) 574-3049, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ District 3 John Holliman (O) 327-6337, (C)
Kabir Karriem Councilman - Ward 5
Bill Gavin Councilman - Ward 6
Harry Sanders Supervisor - Dist. 1
Frank Ferguson Supervisor - Dist. 2
John Holliman Supervisor - Dist. 3
574-5090, e-mail: email@example.com ◆ District 4 Jeff Smith (O) 244-0775, (C) 3866923, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ District 5 Leroy Brooks (O) 329-5871, (C) 251-8125, e-mail: email@example.com
County Courthouse on Second Avenue North. Sessions are open to the public. Other major county officials include:
Sheriff – Butch Howard, 329-5826 Superintendent of Education – Michael Halford, 244-5000 County Attorney – Tim Hudson, 328-2711 Justice Court Judges – Mike Arledge, Chris Hemphill and Peggy Phillips. The justice court office is located at 11 Airline Road. Call 3295929 or 329-5942 for the judges. Constables – Willie “Hoot” West, 327-1170; Joe Ables, 244-0762; and Willie “Sonny”
The Board of Supervisors meets regularly at least twice a month, in the first week of the month, around the 15th of each month and, during some months, the last week of the month. Meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the supervisors’ boardroom in the Lowndes
Sanders, 244-0763 Chancery Clerk – Lisa Younger Neese, 3295805 Circuit Clerk – Mahala Salazar, 329-5900 Road Manager – Ronnie Burns, 329-5840 County Administrator – Ralph Billingsley, 3295896 Tax Assessor and Collector – Greg Andrews, 329-5700 Coroner – Greg Merchant, 386-0704 County Agent – Jeff Wilson, 328-2111
All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.
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Jeff Smith Supervisor - Dist. 4
Leroy Brooks Supervisor - Dist. 5
Joseph St. John Police Chief
Butch Howard Sheriff
Ken Moore Fire Chief
City, county maps
Maps of the city and county are available to newcomers at the ColumbusLowndes Development Link located at 1102 Main St. Call 245-5055 for details.
Building permits – City building permits may be obtained at the Inspection Department, 1621 Main St. Call 245-5055 for information. Business permits, licenses – In
the city, these may be obtained at the city municipal building located at 1621 Main St. Call 245-5055 for information. In the county, these may obtained at the Lowndes County Courthouse located at 505 Second Ave. N. Call 329-5700 for information.
Residents can deposit their mail at a number of locations throughout the city. According to postal officials,
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Columbus has three stations with window service and 36 collection boxes on the streets. Collection stations having window service are located at Main Street, Bluecutt Road and on Highway 182 East. They have window service five days a week, and the Bluecutt Road main post office window service operates on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, those living in apartment complexes can deposit mail at locations designated for mail pickup. Besides the main post offices in town, there are contract stations located at Columbus Air Force Base for military personnel and at Mississippi University for Women for students. For those living in the rural areas of Lowndes County, there are post offices located in Steens, Crawford and Caledonia. Postage stamps may be purchased at any post office. Those living in rural areas may buy stamps directly from their mail carrier and those living in the city can order stamps through the mail, by fax or online at www.usps.com. Mail is picked up daily at all post office locations. Last pickup is at 5 p.m. at the downtown office and U.S. Highway 82 locations. Those who have mail that must be posted after that time can deposit it until 6:25 p.m. at the Bluecutt location.
City – A monthly charge of $11.75 is included on residential customers’ electric bills. Trash and garbage are collected twice weekly. County – Those residents living in the county get their garbage picked up once a week on a prescheduled basis
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for each area. The charge is $12.00 per month. For information on the schedule for your area, contact Golden Triangle Waste Services, 1311 Industrial Park Road, Columbus, MS 39701. Telephone 662-327-6660. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. owning, need to bring two forms of identification, including one with a recent photo, to the Columbus Light and Water Department, 420 Fourth Ave. S. There is a $25 origination fee, which is added to the first month’s bill. Those renting an apartment or house also need to bring a rent receipt/lease agreement, three forms of identification, and must pay a deposit of $300, which includes water. Homeowners need to show a homeowner’s deed and pay a deposit of $200, which includes water. For service to a motor home or trailer, the deposit is $300. For more information, contact Columbus Light and Water, 328-7192, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. County – Those who are moving into the 4-County Electric Power Association area will have to apply for membership at the EPA’s Columbus office, 2000 Sixth St. N. A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are required for residential connection. The deposit is based on a credit check and will vary between nothing to $250 or more. Those who require building a new line to a new home will also have to sign a right-of-way easement agreement. Personnel at the 4-County office will explain additional services available through the rural electric cooperative. Usually, wherever existing service has been available, 4-County can turn power on to that location on the same day an application is completed. However, in cases of new service at a new home, it may take three to four days or longer to get electric service started. For more information, contact 4County Electric Power Association, www.4county.org, 2000 Sixth St. N., Columbus, MS 39703-0351, or telephone 328-4821, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Caledonia Natural Gas District – Serves the entire northeastern quadrant of Lowndes County, including the town of Caledonia. For information, contact Caledonia Natural Gas District, P.O. Box 220, Caledonia, MS 39740, or 662-356-4250.
City – City residents needing water service must contact the Columbus Light and Water Department. The deposit for water only is $200 for homeowners and $150 for renters. The deposit is $150 for people on city water living outside the city. For information, call 662-328-7192. East Lowndes – Rural water users who are hooked up to the East Lowndes Water Association will pay a $50 deposit and a $25 connection fee. The cost of a new hookup, whereby a water meter is installed, is $450 minimum, including a deposit. For more information contact East Lowndes Water Association, 1325 Ridge Road, Columbus, 327-1651, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prairie Land Water Association – County residents hooked up to the Prairie Land Water Association will pay a $50 deposit if they own the home and a $100 deposit if they are renting. Additionally, all residents pay a $25 membership fee. The cost of a new hookup with meter is $600, including the deposit. The Lowndes County Water Association is located at 150 Artesia Road. For more information, call 2451150. South Lowndes Water Association – County residents using South Lowndes Water Association will pay a $35 deposit if they own the home and $100 if renting. The cost of a new hook-up where a meter is installed is $400. The South Lowndes Water Association is located on 2109 O’Leary Lane. For more information, call 3293929. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Caledonia Water and Sewage – Caledonia residents hooked up to Caledonia Water and Sewage will pay a $40 deposit for homeowners or a $60 deposit for renters. Caledonia Water and Sewage is located at 202 South St. in Caledonia. For more information, call 356-6993. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valorem taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to Oct. 1 of each year. Where to pay taxes – Municipal taxes are to be paid at Columbus City Hall, 513 Main St. County taxes are payable to the Lowndes County tax assessor, whose office is at 1121 Main St. Taxes can be paid between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1 without penalty. Call 329-5700. State income tax is payable to the State Tax Commission located in the Woolfolk Building in Jackson, by April 15. The State Tax Commission also has a branch office at 4072 Highway 45 N. in Columbus. The Internal Revenue Service office is located at 2209 Fifth St. N. in Columbus. Homestead exemption – Persons moving into Lowndes County must have their deed recorded by the chancery clerk by Dec. 31, their home purchased and deed acknowledged by Jan. 7, 2010, and file for homestead exemption by April 1, 2010. The applicant must have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year for which he or she is filing. According to Lowndes County Tax Assessor-Collector Greg Andrews, the following documents are needed by first-time filers for homestead exemption: warranty deed; Social Security number(s); Lowndes County license tag numbers on all vehicles; proof of a disability, if applicable; and cost of home and amount of down payment. For more information, contact: Lowndes County Tax Assessor, 1121 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701. Telephone 662-329-5700. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Atmos Energy – Those who require gas service should take two forms of identification. A deposit of $65 will be required of homeowners. Renters pay an $85 deposit; any mobile home deposit is $85. For more information, contact Atmos Energy, 1423 Main St., Columbus, 328-3521, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
City – To establish service within the city, newcomers, whether renting or
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To establish telephone service, call AT&T at 888-757-6500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or visit www.att.com. CableOne is also available for local and long distance telephone service at 328-1781.
Salazar, 329-5900, in the Lowndes County Courthouse, or Columbus city registrar, 513 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701. Telephone 328-2381.
Hotels/motels ◆ America’s Best Value Inn – 42 rooms, 329◆ Best Western – 73 rooms, 329-2255 ◆ Budget Inn – 55 rooms, 328-2551 ◆ Comfort Inn – 106 rooms, 329-2422 ◆ Days Inn – 329-4545 ◆ Economy Inn – 328-1042 ◆ Gilmer Inn – 75 rooms, 328-0070 ◆ Riverchase Inn – 60 rooms, 328-6720 ◆ Heritage Inn – 102 rooms, 328-4405 ◆ Holiday Inn – 115 rooms, 327-7077 ◆ Columbus Inn & Suites – 56 rooms, 328◆ Motel 6 – 52 rooms, 327-4450 ◆ Plaza Motel – 19 rooms, 328-3341 ◆ Plymouth Bluff Center – Conference center ◆ Wingate Inn – 80 rooms, 327-9999 Bed and breakfasts ◆ Amzi Love/Lincoln Home – 305 7th St.
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Cellular South – 1912 Highway 45 N., 3275700 AT&T – 2005 Highway 45 N., 328-7721 Sprint PCS – 435 Wilkins Wise Road, 2445610 Verizon Wireless – 1725 Highway 45 N., Suite 2, 328-1160
The following hotels and motels serve the area. All area codes are 662.
South; 328-5413/574-4275 ◆ Backstrom’s Country Bed and Breakfast – 4567 Highway 182 East; 328-7213 ◆ Barristers House – 406 Third Ave. North; 574-2790 ◆ Barry House – 506 Fourth St. South; 5742036 ◆ Burnt Oak Lodge and Conference Center – 1563 Penn Station Road; 272-9550 ◆ Cartney-Hunt House – 408 Seventh St. South; 244-7232 ◆ Puckett House on the Mississippi University for Women campus – 1100 College St.; 3297296 ◆ Jackie O. House – 1700 Ninth St. South; 327-5100 ◆ Shadowlawn – 1024 College St.; 327-5655
In order to vote in Mississippi a person must be 18 years old by election day and must reside in the state. A person must have registered at least 30 days prior to the election with the county clerk in order to vote in county, state and national elections, and with the Columbus city clerk to vote in municipal elections. For more information contact Lowndes County Circuit Clerk Mahala
Cabins, camping ◆ Lake Lowndes State Park – Four cabins, 50 ◆ Town Creek Campground – 100 sites, 4944885 ◆ Dwayne Hayes Recreation Area – 110 sites, 434-6939 RV sites, 328-2110
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General information – Registration is held in the summer for the fall school term. Notice of the registration is published prior to the time. Kindergarten in Columbus is available to all students in both public and private schools. Students entering the first grade must be 6 years of age on or before Sept. 1. A birth certificate and a record of immunization (Form 121) are required for registration. City schools – In the Columbus Municipal School District, there are five elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school and one vocational school. A new middle school is opening in January 2011. More information about the city school system can be obtained by contacting Columbus Municipal School District, Superintendent of Schools Del Phillips, 2630 McArthur Drive, Columbus, MS 39701, 662-241-7400; or visit www.columbuscityschools.org. County schools – The Lowndes County School District has three elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools and one vocational complex. For more information on the county school district contact Lowndes County Superintendent of Education Michael Halford, 1055 Highway 45 S., Columbus, MS 39701, 662-244-5000; or visit www.lowndes.k12.ms.us. Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science – Located on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, MSMS is a residential, public high school for juniors and seniors with a selective admission process. Telephone 662-329-7360. Parochial schools – There are five parochial schools in the county. These are:
◆ Annunciation Catholic School, 223 N. Browder St., 662-328-4479 ◆ Emmaus Elementary School, 1030 Bennett Ave., 662-241-7264 ◆ Immanuel Center for Christian Education, 6405 Military Road, Steens 662-328-7888 ◆ Main Street Christian School, 701 Main St., 3662-28-0240 ◆ Victory Christian Academy, 374 Mill Road, 662-327-7744 ◆ Children’s House Montessori School, 1723 Military Road, 662-327-3913
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Private schools – There are three private schools in the county. These are:
◆ Heritage Academy Elementary, 623 Willowbrook Road, 662-327-1556 ◆ Heritage Academy High School, 625 Magnolia, 662-327-5272
Colleges – Two higher education facilities are located in Lowndes County. They are:
◆ Mississippi University for Women, 1100 College St. For more information, call 662-3294750 or see www.muw.edu. ◆ East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle Campus. For more information, call 662-243-1900 or see www.emcc.cc.ms.us/. Classes also available at Columbus Air Force Base. ◆ Mississippi State University in Starkville, ◆ University of Mississippi in Oxford, 90 miles ◆ East Mississippi Community College at ◆ Northeast Mississippi Community College ◆ University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 60
miles east of Columbus. at Booneville, 87 miles north of Columbus. Scooba, 52 miles south of Columbus. north of Columbus. which is 22 miles west of Columbus.
Other colleges and universities in the area include:
The main branch of the Columbus-
Lowndes Public Library system, containing more than 100,000 volumes, is located at 314 Seventh St. N. in Columbus. It is the main office for the library system and is housed in a 28,000-square-foot building. There are branch libraries in Artesia, Caledonia and Crawford. Some of the library’s services include a meeting room for the public that seats 75, a modern reference department, conference rooms, genealogy and local history department, a story hour for preschoolers, services for the handicapped and exhibits and art displays. Anyone interested in displaying a collection can contact the library at 3295300. Columbus Public Librar y – Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 329-5300. Artesia Public Librar y – Librarian is Susan Edmonds. Hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 272-5255. Caledonia Public Librar y –
Librarian is Kay Langford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday and Wednesday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 356-6384. Crawford Public Librar y – Librarian is Fay Richardson. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Call 272-5144.
◆ The Commercial Dispatch is located at 516 Main St. Call 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed Monday through Friday and Sunday morning. Business office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mailing address is P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 30703-0511. Visit www.cdispatch.com for more information. ◆ Local radio stations include WACR 105.3 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WKBB 100.9 FM; WKOR 94.9 FM; WKOR 980 AM; WLZA 96.1 FM; WMBC 103.1 FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WMSV 91.1 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WSSO 1230 AM; WSYE 93.3 FM; WEPA; WWBC; WWKZ; WZBQ 94.1 FM; and WTWG 1050 AM. ◆ Television stations serving the area include WCBI of Columbus, Channel 4 (CBS affiliate); WTVA of Tupelo, Channel 9 (NBC affiliate); WLOV of Tupelo, Channel 27 (FOX affiliate) and WKDH of Tupelo, Channel 45 (ABC affiliate).
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◆ The Columbus Packet is published on Thursday. The weekly publication’s office is located at 301 Main St. 329-1741. ◆ Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle is located just off Highway 45 North at 2520 Fifth Street N. Telephone 800-544-8762 or 244-1000. ◆ Family Medical Center, 1503 Highway 45 N., has a doctor on duty Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Telephone 328-9623. ◆ Lowry Medical Clinic, 362 Park Creek Drive, 244-8874. ◆ Lowndes Medical Clinic, 56 Dutch Lane, 329-3808. ◆ North Columbus Medical Clinic, 4508 Highway 45 N., 328-9702. ◆ Pioneer Family Medical of Caledonia, 771 Main Street, 356-4621. ◆ Urgent Care Columbus, 294 Chubby Drive, has a doctor on duty Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 327-2574. ◆ Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center is a hospital located on 1105 Earl Frye Blvd. in Amory, 35 miles north of Columbus. 256-7111. ◆ Aurora Australis Lodge, 310 Emerald Drive, 327-8021 ◆ Home Place Assisted Living, 2082 Yorkville
Rd. E., 329-2772, www.homeplaceretirement.com. ◆ Trinity Place Retirement Community, Airline Road – Healthcare Center, 327-9404; Personal Care Center, 327-6795; Independent Living, 327-6716 ◆ Vineyard Court Nursing Center, 2002 Fifth St. N., 328-1133 ◆ Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab Center, 81 Windsor Blvd., 241-5518 ◆ Plantation Pointe Retirement Community, 234 Windsor Blvd., 241-0001
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African-American Heritage Tour – Guided tours and dramatic presentations explore African-American contributions to Columbus and Lowndes County. A highlight is “Catfish in the Alley,” an evening of music and food downtown. The next Heritage Tour will starts in February. Contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3291191. MLK Dream 365 — Jan 14-17, 2011. A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event includes adult and youth talent competitions, a step off competition, a gospel spotlight and commemorative breakfast. For more information, call 662-425-1234. Annual All Breed Dog Show — Jan 15-16, 2011. The Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi, an American Kennel Club--licensed club, will hold its annual all breed dog show with obedience and rally competitions at the Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter in Starkville. This show usually has an entry of 400 to 500 dogs. Dogs competing in conformation are judged on how well they meet the official written standard for the breed. Those competing in obedience and rally are judged on how well they execute a variety of exercises under the direction of their handlers. Everyone is welcome to come out to watch the shows, talk with exhibitors, and learn more about purebred dogs. Admission is free for spectators. For more information about the shows visit the club website at http://goldentrianglekcofms.com or phone Sonya Baird at 662-615-3940. Grilling on the River – The Kansas City Barbecue Championship hosts cooking teams from around the country and includes music, food and children’s activities. The 2011 event is April 8-9. The Columbus Riverwalk, 662-328-6850. Catfish in the Alley — March 4, 2011. Celebration of an historically significant African-American business district. The event includes live music and Mississippi farm-raised catfish. Catfish Alley, Fourth St. S., between College Street and Main Street. Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, 800-9203533, www.columbus-ms.org. Annual Pilgrimage – This award-
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Each year during the annual Pilgrimage, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students present Tales From the Crypt, combining history and drama, at Friendship Cemetery.
winning spring celebration of the area’s history and architectural heritage includes antebellum home tours, musical and dramatic performances, period arts and more. March 28-April 9, 2011, marks the 71th annual Pilgrimage. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Tales From the Cr ypt – March 28April 9, 2011. Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students combine history and drama in this nationally-recognized research project as they portray local personalities near their gravesites in Friendship Cemetery, site of the first Decoration Day. The event runs on selected nights during Pilgrimage. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3281191. Decoration Day Re-enactment – The solemn gesture four Columbus women performed April 25, 1866, evolved into the nation’s Memorial Day and is celebrated annually each April at Friendship Cemetery. Re-enactors with the Stephen D. Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy lay flowers on graves of fallen soldiers. Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Noon Tunes – Join friends for live
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music and lunch, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Trotter Convention Center courtyard and Tennessee Williams Welcome Center on spring Thursdays to be announced. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market – The Farmers’ Market is open May through October, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. offering freshly-grown produce, local artisans, live music and more. Located at Second Avenue and Second Street North. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Market Street Festival – Thousands of visitors flock to this award-winning May festival in downtown Columbus featuring live music on multiple stages and more than 200 vendors of fine arts, crafts, food and more. The 2011 festival is May 6-7. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Juneteenth Celebration – To celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation, this free event held the third Saturday in June offers food, music and games at Sim Scott Park, 902 20th St. N. Call Leroy Brooks, 328-0032 or 329-5871. Sounds of Summer – Enjoy summer evenings in June and July with live music at the Riverwalk in historic downtown Columbus. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Artesia Days – These community festivities traditionally held the first weekend in August include live music, crafts and food vendors and a school supply giveaway in downtown Artesia. For information, call Tresa Sanders at 272-5104. Roast-n-Boast – Mississippi’s barbecue cooking championship draws teams from around the country and offers music, food vendors and children’s activities at Columbus Fairgrounds, Highway 69 South. The next event is Aug. 27-28, 2010. Call Mike Laws, 5495054. Tennessee Williams Tribute – The Sept. 6-12, 2010, tribute and tour of Victorian homes honors one of America’s most prolific playwrights, born in Columbus March 26, 1911. Multiple special events include a “Stella” shouting contest Sept. 10. Call the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 328-0222 or 800-327-2686. Afternoon Tunes – Main Street Columbus presents free live music on Thursdays from mid-September through mid-October at the Riverwalk, 6-8 p.m. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Fall Tour of Homes – Many of Columbus’ most gracious historic homes will be showcased in day and candlelight tours Oct. 1-3, 2010. Interesting loft apartments will also be on tour. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival – Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010. Held the first weekend in October, this event celebrates the history and significance of the Seventh Avenue district with live music, food vendors and family activities. Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Ghosts and Legends – These hauntingly interesting evening bus tours Oct. 22-23, 2010, will explore Columbus’ spirited past. When the sun sets, Columbus history, mystery and lore comes alive! Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Decorative Arts and Preser vation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale — Nov. 4-7, 2010. This year’s theme: “COME ON-A MY HOUSE” – MidTwentieth Century Influences on the Southern Houses in Which We Live. Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, 1-800-920-3533, www.columbus-ms.org. Columbus Day Celebration – Oct. 9, 2010, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Downtown Fall Open House – Oct. 9, 2010, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Welty Weekend – Sponsored by Mississippi University for Women Oct. 21-23, 2010, the weekend includes the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium and National Board of Distinguished Women Forum. The public is invited. For information, call 329-7119. Caledonia Day Celebration – This homecoming event in downtown Caledonia includes music, vendors, games, a pet parade and more. The 2010 celebration will be Oct. 16. Call 356-4117. Southside/Townsend Park Blues Festival — Now in its third year, this festival offers a fun-filled Independence Day celebration featuring live music and family oriented activities. Sam Hairston Celebration — Oct. 13-16, 2010. An event recognizing the achievements of a man who distinguished himself at every level of baseball during his professional career spanning more than 50 years. Celebration
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includes historical marker dedications, autograph signings and performance by Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Percy Sledge. Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, 1-800-920-3533. Christmas Open House – Historic downtown dresses up for Christmas and presents open house celebrations and refreshments at several retail establishments. Open House 2010 is Nov. 5-7. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Decorative Arts and Preser vation Forum/Antiques Show and Sale – This event is highlighted by a reception and luncheon, free lectures by national speakers and extensive exhibits. The 2010 Forum is Nov. 4-7. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 329-1191. Veteran’s Day Parade – Honor area veterans and servicemen and women Nov. 13, 2010. Contact Cherie McGuff, 329-5706. Indoor Holiday Craft Show – This event features handmade crafts at Lake Lowndes State Park’s Multi-Sports Center. Free admission. The 2010 show is Dec. 4. (State park entrance fee is $3
per vehicle.) Call the park office, 3282110. City Christmas Tree Lighting – Join friends and neighbors for this community event Dec. 3, 2010, at 6 p.m., next to the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Wassail Fest – More than 25 participating shops, restaurants and businesses serve wassail( a hot, spiced, ciderlike drink) have special activities, sales and promotions, Dec. 3, 2010, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Columbus, Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. Call Main Street Columbus, 3286305. Christmas Parade – This festive downtown event Dec. 6, 2010, is presented by Main Street Columbus and features floats, bands, music and more. Call 328-6305. New Year’s Eve Block Party – See the old year out Dec. 31, 2010 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m.-midnight, in downtown Columbus. Call Main Street Columbus, 328-6305. Historic Home Tours — Yearround, daily. Tennessee Williams
Welcome Center, 300 Main St., 662-3280222. Crawford Cotton Boll Festival — This festival celebrates and honors those who helped make cotton one of the leading industries in the South. The event features an array of live entertainment, including speakers, a step show and more July 2-3, 2010. Call Downtown Crawford at 662-272-5164.
American Bass Anglers Couples Tournament – Early August, Columbus Lake. Call 329-1191. Crappie Classic Nation Tournament – Sept. 28-Oct. 3, Columbus Lake. Call 329-1191. Mississippi Bass Federation – Oct. 9-10, Columbus Lake. Call 3291191. American Bass Anglers Bassmaster Weekend Series – Oct. 11-17, Southern regional championship, Columbus Lake. Call 329-1191.
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Held in July at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Call 240-3478. Southern All Star – Aug. 22, Super Late Models race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Call 240-3478. NeSmith National Series – Sept. 5, late model series at Columbus Motor Speedway. Call 241-5004. Open Wheel Madness – Sept. 18, open wheel special event at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Call 240-3478. 21st Annual Magnolia State 100 – Sept. 23-25, at Columbus Motor Speedway. Call 241-5004. Sixth Annual Cotton Pickin 100 – Oct. 29-31, super late model 100 lap at Magnolia Motor Speedway, 240-3478. Ninth Annual Possum Town Grand Prix – Nov. 26-27, at Columbus Motor Speedway. Call 241-5004.
◆ AKK’s, 1316 Highway 69 S., 245-0296 ◆ American Deli, Leigh Mall, Highway 45 N., ◆ Applebee’s, Highway 45 N., 327-3348 ◆ Arby’s, 1911 Highway 45 N., 329-2536 ◆ Back Yard Burgers, 1913 Highway 45 N.,
329-9199 ◆ Bartahatchie Outback, 78 Brickerton St., 240-9922 ◆ Beans and Cream, 60 Brickerton St., 3282003 ◆ Blevin’s Smile-A-While, 2012 14th Ave. N. ◆ Block and Barrel Deli, 229 Main St., 2410011 ◆ Bullet’s, 111 Lehmberg Road, 327-3799 ◆ Buffet City, Highway 45 N., 328-6200 ◆ Burger King, 119 Alabama St., 328-5004 ◆ Cafe on Main, 101 Fifth St. S., 241-0045 ◆ Captain D’s, 506 Alabama St., 328-0357, and 1718 Highway 45 N., 329-4005 ◆ Chili’s, 1407 Highway 45 N., 328-4644 ◆ China Royal, 1613 Main St., 328-2699 ◆ Church’s Fried Chicken, 1403 Main St., 327-4090 ◆ CJ’s Pizza, 507 18th Ave. N., 328-1700 ◆ The Courtyard (Holiday Inn), Highway 45 N., 328-5202 ◆ Domino’s Pizza, 1510 Main St., 329-3131 ◆ Donut Factory, 1214 Highway 45 N., 3280546 ◆ Doug and Hazel’s Drive Inn, 224 Tuscaloosa Road, 241-5437 ◆ Dunkin’ Donuts, 1725 Highway 45 N., 3288203 ◆ El Pargo Corp, 507 18th Ave. N., 327-6833 ◆ Front Door and Back Door Columbus, 400 Main St., 329-3693 ◆ Fuhgetaboutit, 115 Fifth St. S., 329-6642 ◆ The Golden Horn, Highway 82 West, 3284509 ◆ The Golden Star, Leigh Mall, Highway 45 N., 241-7737
The following list represents the variety of dining opportunities available in the area.
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329-5247 ◆ The Green Olive, 441 Wilkins-Wise Road, 241-6611 ◆ The Grill at Jackson Square, Highway 45 N., 328-8656 ◆ Hardee’s, East Columbus, 327-0314, or Leigh Mall, 327-5811 ◆ Harvey’s, 200 Main St., 327-1639 ◆ Helen’s Kitchen and Catering, 708 15th St. N., 328-3063 ◆ Huck’s Place, 121 Fifth St. S., 327-6500 ◆ Huddle House, 2009 Military Road, 3272323 ◆ J. Broussard’s, 210 Fifth St. S., 243-1480 ◆ Jack’s Steak & Fish, 301 Tuscaloosa Road, 327-2990 ◆ Jones Restaurant/Sally’s Cafe, 112 Fourth St. S., 327-9933 ◆ Kentucky Fried Chicken, East Columbus, 328-8047, or North Columbus, 328-2333 ◆ Kountry Kitchen, Fairlane Shopping Center, Highway 182 East, 327-9207 ◆ Krystal, 2121 Highway 45 N., 328-0026 ◆ La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Highway 45 North, 327-8007, or East Columbus, 329-4260 ◆ Little Caesars Pizza, 929 Alabama St., 3299144 ◆ Little Dooey, 701 Highway 45 N., 327-0088, or 925 Alabama St., 245-1382 ◆ Little Kitchen, 4328 Highway 373, 4348777 ◆ Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Highway 45 North, 244-6030 ◆ McAlister’s Deli, 1723 Highway 45 N., 3283600 ◆ McDonald’s, 937 Alabama St., 328-1515 or Highway 45 North, 328-9444 ◆ Master Host Inn, Highway 45 North, 3285202 ◆ Mexican Kitchen, Highway 182 East, 3284441 ◆ Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, 1207 Highway 45 N., 327-3396 ◆ Mi Toro Mexican Restaurant, Highway 45 North, 329-4099, or 65 South St., Caledonia, 356-0400 ◆ Old Hickory Steak House, Highway 45 N., 328-9793 ◆ PJ’s Barbeque, 2225 Highway 45 N., 2415338 ◆ Papa John’s Pizza, Highway 45 N., 2416800 ◆ Peking Chinese Restaurant, Highway 45 N., 328-9956 ◆ Pepper’s Deli & Market, 2015 Highway 45 N., 328-6889 ◆ Pizza Hut, Idlewild Road, East Columbus, 328-1222, or Kroger Plaza, Highway 45 N., 327-4472 ◆ Popeye’s, 1535 Highway 45 N., 329-1126 ◆ Proffitt’s Porch, Officer’s Lake Road, 3274485 ◆ Ruben’s Fish House, 171 Moore’s Creek Road, 328-9880 ◆ Ryan’s, 1201 Highway 45 N., 329-9216 ◆ Skeet’s Hot Dogs, 2001 14th Ave. N., 3270755 ◆ Shirley’s Barbeque, 26 Glynis Road, 2451451
◆ Sonic Drive In, East Columbus, 327-6727, or North Columbus, 327-5508 ◆ Steve Barnhill’s Buffet, 625 18th Ave. N., 240-9955 ◆ Subway, East Columbus, 328-6726; North Columbus, 327-5508; 64 Brickerton St., 3298585 ◆ Taco Bell, 1612 Highway 45 N., 328-1615, or 905 Alabama St., 329-1594 ◆ Tampico Bay, 1515 College St., 327-2123 ◆ Trinity Caribbean Café, 2212 Military Road, 328-8452 ◆ The Pit and Cone, 302 Tuscaloosa Road, 329-1574 ◆ The Ranch House, 807 Alabama St., 3280784 ◆ United Deli and Grocery, 212 Tuscaloosa Road, 328-5105 ◆ Waffle House, Highway 45 North, 328-1408 ◆ Wendy’s, 1903 Highway 45 N., 328-2584, or 101 Alabama St., 244-8725 ◆ Wings, Fish & More, 217 Alabama St., 3296111 ◆ Zachary’s, 205 Fifth St. N., 240-0101
The city of Columbus, Lowndes County and the surrounding area are served by two malls, many shopping centers and a downtown business district.
Brickerton – (8 a.m.- 6 p.m.) Intersection of Highway 82 and Military Road; restaurant, coffee and ice cream shop, deli, day spa, florist, gift shops, ladies and children’s clothing, jewelry, hair salon, dance studio, hotel, financial services, real estate office and custom home improvement. Downtown – (9 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) Restaurants, banks, post office, dry cleaners, tuxedo and formal dress rentals, consignment store, lounges, clothing, antique and gift shops, and yarn store. The Gateway Shopping Center – (10 a.m.- 9 p.m.) Highway 182 East, restaurant, bank, drug and discount stores, lounge, salon, fast foods. Leigh Mall – (10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday) Highway 45 North; jewelry, restaurants, fast foods, bank, salon, department stores, specialty shops, boutiques, weekend attractions. University Mall – (10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday) Highway 45 North; Belk department store, specialty store. Little Woods Shopping Center –
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(8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.) Wilkins Wise Road; florist, salon, specialty stores, restaurant and lounge. Jackson Square Shopping Center – Highway 45 North; restaurant, department store, cell phone store, furniture store, specialty discount store. facts from the local region. Open Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call 327-8888 for tours. Columbus Arts Council – The CAC coordinates and assists in promoting and developing fine and performing arts. It grants funding assistance for various projects for civic and community groups. Its publication, “Showcase,” lists and describes area art-related events. The Arts Council sponsors the Young People’s Artist Series, Suzuki Strings program, Youth Orchestra and Artists In The Schools. Phone 328-ARTS. Friendship Cemeter y – Located on Fourth Street South, this historic cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day observance in 1866. Welcome Center – Playwright Tennessee Williams’ first home is now the Welcome Center at 300 Main St. Open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m., 3280222. thing to do in the Golden Triangle area. From fishing to summer baseball, the Golden Triangle offers a wide range of options to its residents. While the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was built for barge traffic, it also offers great fishing and ample opportunities for water sports. Several golf courses in the Golden Triangle area offer challenges to both the occasional hacker and the scratch player. If tennis is your racket, then both public and private courts are available. A variety of habitats also make the Golden Triangle a hunter’s paradise.
Antebellum homes – The Columbus Historic Foundation sponsors daily tours of some of the South’s finest antebellum mansions. For maps and schedules, call the Welcome Center at 328-0222. Afro-American Culture Organization – Provides cultural entertainment with an emphasis on black history. Write for information: 214 12th St. N., Columbus, 39701 Art Association of Columbus – Meets monthly September through May with programs in different areas of visual arts. Write P.O. Box 781, Columbus, MS 39703. Blewett-Harrison-Lee Home and Museum – Home of one of the early citizens of Columbus, the museum contains Civil War memorabilia and arti-
Some of the largest bass on record have been reeled in from the waters of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. A pair of bass weighing more than 12 pounds were pulled from the Columbus area waters, while just to the south, bass weighing as much as 16 pounds have been caught. Several local organizations hold tournaments throughout the year to give anglers a chance to profit from their favorite pastime.
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◆ Town Creek, on the Columbus Lake of the Tenn-Tom, is a Class-A facility and is open to campers all year. There are more than 50 campsites, a boat ramp, hiking trails, game courts, playgrounds and a number of other amenities. Call 327-2142. ◆ The Dwayne Hayes Campground, formerly known as the Stinson Creek Recreation area, is located on the east side of Columbus Lake on the Tenn-Tom. Also a Class-A facility, Dwayne Hayes has 110 campsites and offers playgrounds, hiking trails, fish-cleaning stations, game courts and other amenities. Call 327-2142 or Tenn Tom Waterway at 328-3286.
Camping opportunities are also available at Lake Lowndes State Park, 3282110, Tombigbee RV Park, 328-8655, and at Brown’s RV Park, 328-1976.
Both skiing and recreational boating have become popular activities on the waterway. The waterway offers numerous places to launch boats, including the Stennis Lock and Dam, Waverley Landing and on the west side of the
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river at Highway 182. Lowndes State Park offers both swimming and boating. Oktibbeha County Lake offers boating, fishing and swimming and is located eight miles northwest of Starkville. Waverley Recreation Area provides boating and swimming for the West Point area.
Lanes, 122 S. McCrary Road. Call 3279095 for information.
A wide selection of parks offers something for everyone. Propst Park – Columbus’ largest park is Propst Park. Located off Highway 182 East, on the banks of the Luxapalila River, the park has a spray park, skate park, softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, community huts and pavilions, a playground and an abundance of picnic tables. The park is a part of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, which oversees 12 parks. River walk – A popular attraction for both residents and visitors to the area, the paved 2-mile Riverwalk walking path winds from downtown Columbus through the woods along the banks of the TennesseeTombigbee River. The path begins near the intersection of College Street and First Street South. CLRA/Cook Soccer Complex – Located at Sixth Street North and Willowbrook Road. Facility includes nine illuminated soccer fields.
◆ The Columbus Country Club – private club;
non-members also welcome dential golf course ◆ Green Oaks Golf Club – private course ◆ Lakeside Golf Course – (the Mississippi State Council), located on Old Highway 82 ◆ Old Waverley Golf Course – at West Point ◆ The West Point Country Club – private course ◆ Whispering Pines Golf Club – at the Columbus Air Force Base
There are seven courses in the area.
◆ Elm Lake golf community – semiprivate resi-
Public tennis courts are available throughout the Golden Triangle area. In Columbus, tennis courts are located at the Columbus-Lowndes Recreational Authority parks, including Propst Park which has the largest tennis courts complex. Lake Lowndes State Park also offers public courts. The Magnolia Tennis Club, a private club, has 10 courts in Columbus.
Dwayne Hayes Recreation Area – Located north of Columbus on Columbus Lake. Offers camping facilities, hiking trails, sprayground and more. East Columbus Gym and Minipark – Located on Lawrence Drive, it has a baseball field, gym and playground. Fair view School Tennis Courts – Located on Airline Road. 14th Avenue Minipark – Located on 14th Avenue and 19th Street North, it has outdoor basketball courts and a playground. Lake Lowndes State Park – This park has a 150-acre lake, a campground area and cabins. Features include a gymnasium, meeting rooms, tennis courts, swimming marina, softball fields, picnic areas and a covered picnic pavilion. Call 328-2110. Lee Park – Located on Seventh Street North, the park features a playground, picnic tables, a pavilion and restrooms. Luxapalila Creek Park – Large park off Doughty Road along Luxapalila Creek, popular for fishing. Features picnic tables and restrooms.
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No matter what your favorite game, the abundance of wildlife in the area offers hunters a variety of challenges. Deer season in Mississippi gives hunters a chance to test their skill as a still hunter or with dogs. There is also a bow season and a muzzle-loader season. There are doe days during the season. Waterfowl, wild turkey and small game can also be found throughout the region. For information on hunting seasons and licenses, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website, www.mdwfp.com.
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Building contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners appreciate quality merchandise, selection and friendly service. Add expertise and more than 100 years of combined experience, and it’s easy to see why Cash & Carry Building Supply at 1120 Gardner Blvd. is a preferred place to shop for building materials. Cash & Carry stocks virtually everything needed to complete a home, building or remodeling job. In fact, the staff will analyze house plans and give cost estimates on materials needed for construction and ﬁnishing. Known for their incredible service, Cash & Carry has a knowledgeable staff, they deliver and accept all major credit cards for your convenience. Cash & Carry stands behind what it sells, and takes personal interest in customers, because many of them are friends and neighbors. It is a locally owned and managed business, and it is committed to this community. Owner Bill McBryde takes pride in his staff, led by Manager Randall Grant, who has been with the company 38 years. Avery Duncan 35 years; Charles Williams, 34 years; Jim Key 34 years; Lindy McBryde, 13 years; Steve Lindsey 18 years; Tommy Betts, 11 years; and bookkeepers Dorothy Tarlton and Diane Lollar.
Other recreation activities available in the Golden Triangle area include summer baseball and softball, miniature golf, bowling, horseback riding, volleyball, soccer and cycling. For more information and schedules, call the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority at 327-4935. Bowling is available at Columbus
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The area of Oktibbeha (pronounced ock-TIB-a-haw) County was originally a part of the lands belonging to the Choctaw Indians. It takes its name from the creek in the northern part of the county which formed a portion of the boundary between the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Oktibbeha, in the Choctaw language, means “icy water.” It has
been estimated that in 1820, there were between 1,000 and 1,500 Choctaws living within the county’s present-day boundaries in some five or six settlements. The first whites to settle permanently in Oktibbeha County were Presbyterian missionaries led by Cyrus Kingsbury. They developed the Mayhew Mission in 1820 where Ash Creek flows into Tibbee Creek in the northeastern
part of the county. The first public thoroughfare in the county was the Robinson Road, built in the early 1820s with both federal and state funds. It connected Nashville, Tenn., and Jackson, entering Oktibbeha at Artesia and extending southeastward to the Noxubee River. In 1830, after the Choctaws surrendered their claims to the area in the Treaty of Dancing
college, Mississippi A&M, in 1878. The college would eventually develop into Mississippi State University and become the backbone of the local economy. But Starkville also depends upon the economic impact of many different industries, which serve as national suppliers of wood products, clothing, electronics and industrial cable. Part of the rapidly growing Golden Triangle area, Starkville and Oktibbeha County have enjoyed impressive growth in the past two decades. Much of that growth has been rooted in technology thanks to an increased research emphasis at MSU.
Parker Wiseman Mayor
David Lindley Police Chief
Dolph Bryan Sheriff
Rabbit Creek, white settlers began moving into the area. A number of these newcomers were attracted to what is now Starkville by two large springs and the favorable lay of the land. A mill southwest of the site of the city provided the clapboards used in many of the original buildings. From this, the settlement came to be called Boardtown. Oktibbeha County was formally organized Dec. 23, 1833. By 1835, the
county seat had been established at Boardtown, which changed its name to Starkville in honor of Gen. John Stark, a hero of the Revolutionary War. One of the area’s strongest promoters was Col. W.B. Montgomery. Not only did he revolutionize the agricultural base of the area from cotton to dairy farming, he was also instrumental in securing Starkville as the location of the new state agricultural and mechanical
County – Oktibbeha County seat – Starkville Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 24,187 in the city and 43,944 in the county. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Government – City: mayor and board of seven aldermen; incorporated as a town in 1831 and as a city in 1837. County: five-member board of supervisors. Altitude – 420 feet above sea level Assessed valuation – City: $155,740,843; County – $242,065,014 City statistics – Firefighters: 60, police officers: 52 Climate – January daily average maximum temperature, 51.9; January daily average minimum temperature, 31.5. July daily average maximum temperature, 91.3, July daily average minimum temperature, 70.6 Major highways – U.S. 45 and 82; state highways 12 and 25
Gulf States Manufacturers is a manufacturer of “custom concept” systems constructed buildings. As A NUCOR Company and part of the Metal Building Division, we are part of the second largest metal building company in sales volume in the metal building industry. Our unique single source supplier philosophy allows us to design, fabricate, and deliver most any type of low-rise building structure to anywhere in the world. Based in Starkville, MS, Gulf States began producing projects over forty years ago. To date, we have supplied over 41,700 buildings to all ﬁfty states and in over thirty foreign countries. Our facility covers over 246,000 square feet of manufacturing/storage area and 40,000 square feet of ofﬁce space. Our employees, backed by years of experience, can produce 1200 tons of building projects per week. We pride ourselves in producing a design-functional, aesthetically pleasing, superior quality building that is known for its ease of erection and adaptability as well as being backed by unparalleled customer service.
Starkville has a mayor-aldermen form of government. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote, based on the votes cast throughout the city in the primary and general elections. The seven aldermen, also elected every four years, are elected based on voters in predetermined wards of the city. The present mayor and aldermen were elected in June 2009, and their terms officially expire in 2013.
◆ Mayor Parker Wiseman, City Hall, 323-4583
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Members of the elected board are:
◆ Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver, (C) 769-0792 ◆ Ward 2 Alderwoman Sandra Sistrunk, (C) 418-4574 ◆ Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker, (C) 312-0903 ◆ Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey, (C) 6940690
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◆ Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas, (C) 3122412 ◆ Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins, (H) 3235156, (C) 242-7300 ◆ Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn Sr., (H) 3232004, (C) 769-5049
The board meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall board room. Other major city officials include:
Chief of Police – David Lindley, City Hall, 3232700 Fire Chief – Roger Mann, Fire Station 1, Lampkin Street, 323-2962 City Clerk – Markeeta Outlaw, City Hall, 3232525 City Attorney – Chris Latimer, 323-2525 City Prosecuting Attorney – Roy Carpenter, 203 E. Main St., 323-4095 City Judge – Rodney Faver, 101 E. Lampkin St., 323-2525 City Tax Collector/Assessor – Patricia Kight, 101 E. Main St. No. 103, 323-1273
City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Governing the five districts of Oktibbeha County is a five-member Board of Supervisors. Supervisors hold office for four-year terms. The supervisors are:
◆ District 1 – Carl Clardy ◆ District 2 – Orlando K. Trainer ◆ District 3 – Marvell Howard ◆ District 4 – Daniel Jackson ◆ District 5 – John L. Young Sr., board president
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The Oktibbeha County courthouse is located in downtown Starkville.
Tax Assessor/Collector – Pat Kight, 323-1273 Chief Medical Examiner – Michael Hunt, 6152675 Oktibbeha County Extension Office, Mississippi State University – 323-5916
Residents who need to send mail can deposit it at one of the many drop-off locations throughout the city. Starkville has one station with window service at the main Post Office at 822 Taylor St., off Highway 12 West, at Starkville Crossing, 323-4752. Window service is also available at Mississippi State University. For those living in apartment complexes, most can deposit mail at designated locations for pick-up. For those living in rural Oktibbeha County, stamps can be purchased from the mail carrier. Mail is collected daily at all post office locations, and the last pick up of the day is at 5 p.m. at the main post office at Starkville Crossing. The Starkville postmaster is Patrick McKee.
The Board of Supervisors meets on the first Monday of every month at 10 a.m. unless that day is a holiday. In that case the supervisors meet on the following Tuesday. Meetings are held in the boardroom on the second floor of the courthouse, and meetings are open to the public. The phone number is 3231520. Other county officials include:
Sheriff – Dolph Bryan, 323-2421 Superintendent of Education – James Covington, 323-1472 County Board Attorney – Jackson Brown, 3234126 Justice Court Judges – W. Bernard Crump, James Mills, Anthony “Tony” Boykin Constables – Curtis D. Randle, 324-1500; Jimmy Shurden, 323-9448 and James Lindsey, 465-7507 Chancery Clerk – Monica Banks, 323-5834 County Administrator – Don Posey, 323-1520 Circuit Clerk – Angie B. McGinnis, 323-1356
All emergency services in the county can be reached by dialing 911.
City, county maps
Maps of the city and county are available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 E. Main St. Call 323-3322.
Building permits – Building permits can be obtained at the Building Department in City Hall, 101 E. Lampkin St. Call 323-8012 for more information. Business permits and licenses – These may be obtained from the city clerk’s office, also in City Hall. Call 3234813 for more information.
City – Starkville residents do not pay a deposit for residential trash and garbage collection. A monthly fee of
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$10.50 is added to residents’ electric bills. Trash is collected twice a week. For more information, call the Sanitation Department at 323-2652. County – County residents can take advantage of curbside trash pick-up from Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. Residents are given a garbage can by Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District, the company contracted to collect household garbage, and they pay $13 per month, which includes can rental and service. The city and county also operate a rubbish landfill on Rock Hill Road for items not collected by Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. To begin service, call the office of the county administrator at 323-1520. taxes are to be paid at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. Call 323-1273 for information. County taxes and state ad valorem taxes are payable at the tax collector’s office in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. Call 323-1273 for information. State income tax is payable to the State Tax Commission located in the Woolfolk Building in Jackson by April 15. A tax commissioner’s office is located on Highway 45 and can be reached at 328-3271. Homestead exemption – City and county applications for homestead exemption on property should be filed each year at the courthouse by April 1. Residents filing for homestead exemption for the first time should bring with them the warranty deed for the property, the Oktibbeha County automobile tag numbers and the Social Security numbers of all the property owners. The applicant must have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year in which he or she is filing. The warranty deed is to have been recorded by Dec. 31. If a resident in the city or the county turns 65, becomes disabled, gets married or divorced, loses a spouse in death, or has a deed change affecting their homestead during the previous year, he or she must re-file at the tax assessor’s office. For more information, call the tax assessor’s office at 323-8131.
City – To establish electric service in the city limits, go to the Starkville Electric Department at Jefferson Street and Lafayette Street. All applicants must bring identification showing their Social Security number. Renters must also bring a rent receipt or a copy of the lease agreement. Renters and homeowners will pay a deposit of $185 - $315 based on their credit history. Homeowners must bring a copy of their deed. For more information, call SEWD at 323-3133. County – Newcomers who live outside the city limits must apply for membership at the 4-County Electric Power Association office on Highway 25. A $25 membership fee and a $25 con-
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valorem taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to September of each year and are effective Oct. 1. Where to pay taxes – Municipal
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nection fee are required for residential connection. The deposit is based on a utility credit check. Those who require building a new line to a new home may also have to sign a right-of-way easement agreement. Personnel at the 4-County office will explain additional services available through the rural electric cooperative. Usually, wherever existing service has been available, 4-County can turn power on to that location on the same day an application is completed. However, in cases of new service at a new home, it may take three to four days or longer to get electric service started. New service may take three to four days. For more information, call 4County at 323-4502 or see www.4county.org.
must reside in this state. A person must register with the Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk’s Office at least 30 days prior to the election to vote in county, state, national and municipal elections. For more information, call the circuit clerk’s office at 323-1356.
◆ America’s Best Value Inn & Suites, 403 Highway 12 E., 323-6161 ◆ Comfort Suites, 801 Russell St., 324-9595 ◆ Days Inn & Suites, 119 Highway 12 W., 3245555 ◆ Hampton Inn, 700 Highway 12 E., 324-1333 ◆ Hilton Garden Inn, 975 Highway 12 E., 6159664 ◆ Holiday Inn Express, 110 Highway 12 W., 324-0076 ◆ Hotel Chester, 101 N. Jackson St., 3235005 ◆ Microtel Inn and Suites, 1121 Highway 182 E., 615-0700 ◆ Regal Inn, 410 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive E., 323-8251 ◆ University Motel, 104 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive W., 323-1421
area. The district serves students who live within Starkville’s corporate limits and 100 square miles surrounding the city. For more information, contact Starkville School District Superintendent of Education Judy Couey, 401 Greensboro St., Starkville, MS, 39759, 324-4050. Or visit www.starkville.k12.ms.us. County schools – The Oktibbeha County School District is served by four community schools that house grades K-12, two elementary schools for grades K-6 and two high school for grades 7-12. For more information, contact Oktibbeha County School District Superintendent of Education James Covington, 105 N. Dr. Douglas Conner Drive, Starkville, MS 39759, 323-1472 or visit www.oktibbeha.k12.ms.us. Private schools – There are two private schools in the county. These are:
◆ Starkville Academy, a private school in Starkville, serves grades K-12. For more information, call 323-7814. ◆ Starkville Christian School, 303 Lynn Lane. For more information, call 323-7453.
For gas service, call Atmos Energy at 888-286-6700. Homeowners will pay a $65 deposit; renters an $85 deposit.
City – For new service or to transfer an existing service, call the Starkville Electric Department at 323-3133. For maintenance, call the Starkville Water Department at 323-3505. County – Rural water users who are hooked up to one of the water associations will pay a deposit (each association differs) and sign a user’s agreement. Hooking up a new meter costs more than simply connecting service. For more information, call the Oktibbeha County Health Department at 323-4565.
Bed and Breakfasts
◆ The Cedars, 2173 Oktoc Road, 324-7569 ◆ Hickory Hill, 1309 Camps Airport Road, 3242695
◆ Mississippi State University is located just outside the Starkville city limits. A campus with its own post office and ZIP code, MSU is the state’s largest university, providing a wealth of cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. More than 18,000 students are enrolled at MSU in arts and sciences, business and industry, agriculture and home economics, engineering, forest resources, veterinary medicine and architecture. Call the Office of University Relations at 325-3442 for more information.
Eighty-one churches exist in Starkville and the Oktibbeha County area, representing 17 different Protestant denominations and one Catholic church. For a complete listing of churches, call the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at 323-3322.
General information – Notice of the registration times for the upcoming school year at area schools is published during the summer. Kindergarten is available to all students in the city and the county, including private schools. Students entering the first grade must be 6 years old and those entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. A birth certificate and record of immunization are required for registration. Contact the school district or school for more information. City schools – The Starkville School District is served by two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, in addition to an alternative school that serves a four-county
Other colleges located in the area include:
◆ East Mississippi Community College, located 10 miles away in Mayhew, 243-1900 ◆ Mississippi University for Women, located 24 miles east of Starkville in Columbus, 329-4750
To establish telephone service, call AT&T at 888-757-6500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or visit www.att.com. MetroCast is also available for local and long distance telephone service at 800-457-5351.
The Starkville Public Library, containing more than 60,000 volumes, is located at 326 University Drive. It is the main office for the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Library system and is housed in a 16,000-square-foot facility that was renovated in 1994. Branch libraries are located in Maben (263-5619) and Sturgis (465-7493). Both branch libraries have meeting rooms available to the public, and the main library has a genealogy room where patrons can research their family trees. Each
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branch has a story hour for preschoolers, and the main library has two sessions of story hour. The library also offers summer reading programs. Collections can be displayed at the main library by calling 323-2783. The library director is Virginia Holtcamp. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
◆ Television stations serving the area are WOBV, Channel 5, an independent station licensed to Starkville; WCBI, Channel 4, a CBS affiliate in Columbus; WTVA Channel 9, an NBC affiliate in Tupelo; and WLOV Channel 13, a FOX affiliate in Tupelo. W., 323-4663 ◆ Starkville Manor, 1001 Hospital Road, 3236360 ◆ Vickers Personal Care Home, 114 N. Montgomery St., 323-4617
◆ OCH Regional Medical Center, built in 1973, has 96 beds, six in the intensive care/cardiac unit, 30 on the surgical floor, 30 on the postpartum/pediatric floor and 30 on the medical floor. Six more beds are located in the same-day surgery suite, and the hospital boasts five birthing suites for labor and delivery. Construction is underway on a $27.5 million addition. OCH Regional Medical Center is located on Hospital Road, along with many physicians’ offices. Call 3234320. ◆ Webster County General Hospital is located at 500 Highway 9 S., Eupora. Call 2586221.
◆ Budget Rent-A-Car, George M. Bryan Field, Airport Road, 323-9558 ◆ Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 404 Highway 12 W., 323-3389 ◆ Travel Leaders, 500 Russell St., 323-5007 ◆ U-Save Auto Rental, 501 Highway 12 W., 268-4023 and 205 Highway 12 W., Suite 130, 461-7368
◆ The Starkville Dispatch. Call 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed six days a week, Sunday through Friday. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Starkville Dispatch office is located at 101 S. Lafayette St. On the web: www.cdispatch.com. ◆ The Starkville Daily News, 304 E. Lampkin St. Call 323-1642 for subscription information. Printed seven days a week. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ Radio stations in the area: WKOR 94.9 FM; WKOR 980 AM; WLZA 96.1 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM; WSSO 1230 AM; WMSV 91.1 FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WZBQ 94.1; WMBC 103.1 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WACR 103.9 FM; WQNN FM; WKBB 100.9 FM; WSYE 93.3 FM.
Airports – George M. Bryan Field (municipal), Starkville Flying Service (private) and Golden Triangle Regional Airport located 11 miles east of Starkville. Bus ser vice for seniors – Golden Triangle Transportation for Senior Adults provides transportation free to senior citizens. Bus runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please call 324-7860 one day in advance for service. Night Route – A free transportation service for Mississippi State University students looking to patronize businesses and restaurants downtown.
◆ Cantrell's Personal Care Home, 1279 Highway 12 W., 323-5948 ◆ Carrington Nursing Center, 307 Reed Road, 323-2202 ◆ Montgomery Gardens, 1351 Old Highway 12
Magnolia Independent Film Festival – It’s a great time for moviegoers. This festival in February features the screening of two dozen independent films and is open to the public. Q&A sessions with filmmakers follow each screening. Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 3233322 for information. International Fiesta – Hosted the first Saturday of April, this festival celebrates the diverse mix of cultures represented in the community with food, music and dancing. The event is free to the public. Call 325-0787 for information. Cotton District Arts Festival – April 23, 2011, Adult and children’s art entries are displayed during this festival each April. Also included is the Taste of Starkville, live music and theater, a street dance and arts and crafts booths. Call the Starkville Area Arts Council at 324-3080. “Little Sturgis” Motorcycle Rally – This family event each August draws
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motorcyclists from across the country and gains momentum each year. Participants and onlookers can enjoy the flashy bikes, games and contests. Call Sturgis City Hall for information at 465-7970. Super Bulldog Weekend – Mississippi State University hosts this annual spring homecoming, which includes a football scrimmage, an SEC baseball doubleheader, a pig cooking contest and SEC tennis, among other events. Call the MSU ticket office at 325-2600 for information. Old-Fashioned Family Fourth of July – Fun for the whole family. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. at McKee Park with a bicycle parade, patriotic entertainment, games, concessions and a fireworks display. Call the Starkville Chamber of Commerce at 323-5783 for information. Starkville Christmas Parade – Begin your holiday festivities by joining the entire community on Main Street for the annual Christmas Parade in early December. The parade features floats, walking groups, walking horses and Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself. Call the CVB at 323-3322 for information.
Hall was built in 1909 as an academic building and chapel. Mitchell Memorial Librar y – Houses more than 1.1 million volumes, including manuscripts, maps and pamphlets and four special collections. The largest in the state in number of holdings, the library recently underwent nearly $15 million in renovations and additions. Templeton Music Museum – A tribute to ragtime music and phonographic inventions. Tours by appointment only. A.B. McKay Food and Enology Laborator y – See how grape research produces quality Mississippi wine, juice and jellies. Tours for groups by appointment only. Call 325-2440. MSU Art Galler y – The MSU Art Gallery located in McComas Hall features monthly exhibitions by students, faculty and guest artists. Call 3252954 for more information.
Moon Hotel and Casino. The resort features nightly live entertainment, fine restaurants, more than 500 hotel rooms, a convention center, spa and salon. Located on Highway 16 West, Choctaw. Call 866-447-3275. Ole Countr y Baker y – When you visit this traditional Mennonite bakery, you’ll fall in love with a variety of special treats from pastries to Po’ Boy sandwiches. Open Tuesday through Saturday in Brooksville. Call 738-5795. Bulldog Lanes – Enjoy Glow Bowling, league play, Blitz Arcade, deli and billiards. Also available for parties and banquets. Open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, noon-11 p.m. Located on Highway 12 in Starkville. Call 3232892.
Starkville offers a number of different restaurants, each with its own brand of special cuisine. The following is a comprehensive list provided by the Greater Starkville Development
In the area
Pearl River Resort – Non-stop action at two casinos: The Silver Star Hotel and Casino and The Golden
Greensboro Historic District – A driving tour of 30 Victorian homes, several listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call 323-3322. Mississippi Horse Park – This 100-acre facility on Poorhouse Road hosts events nearly every weekend, from rodeos, motocross and barrel racing to livestock shows, garden expos and instructional clinics. Call 325-9350. Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum – Highlights local artifacts exhibited in a restored GM&O Railroad Depot. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m., or anytime by appointment. Call 323-0211. Starkville Community Theater – Productions presented throughout the year. Call 323-6855.
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◆ Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, 518 S. Montgomery St., 338-0098 ◆ Applebee’s, 814 Highway 12 W., 324-3459 ◆ Arby’s, 112 Highway 12 W., 324-4694 ◆ Barnhill’s Buffet, 409 Highway 12 E., 6155491 ◆ Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, 868 Highway 12 W., 323-2707 ◆ Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 223 Main Street (attached to Hotel Chester), 323-5005 ◆ Bin 612, 612 University Drive, Suite 3, 3246126 ◆ Bistro, 217 E. Main St., 324-4900 ◆ Bleeker Street Deli, MSU campus, Colvard Student Union, 325-0923 ◆ Brian Michael’s Meat Market and Deli, 831A Highway 12 W., 323-1990 ◆ Book Mart Cafe, 120 Main St., 323-2844 ◆ Bop’s Frozen Custard, 127 Highway 12 W., 323-5449 ◆ Burger King, MSU campus, Roberts Hall, 325-0923 ◆ Bulldog Deli, 702 University Drive, 324-3354 ◆ Cappe’s Steak House, 105 Eckford Drive, 324-1987 ◆ Captain D’s, 306 Highway 12 W., 323-0689 ◆ Catfish One, 605 South Jackson St., 3241142 ◆ Chick-Fil-A, MSU campus mini mall, 3251299 ◆ Chili’s Bar and Grill, 125 Highway 12 W., 323-2455 ◆ China Garden, 821A Highway 12 W., Plaza 2000, 323-8686 ◆ Christy’s Hamburgers, 446 Highway 12 W., 323-6497 ◆ City Bagel Cafe, 511 University Drive, 3233663 ◆ Cold Stone Creamery, 605 Highway 12 W., 320-7066 ◆ Cotton District Cafe, 106 Maxwell St., 3380096 ◆ Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern, 410 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive W., 324-3316 ◆ Desert Rose, 612 University Drive, 3381008 ◆ Domino’s Pizza, 101 Highway 12 E., 3242100 ◆ Down The Hatch Deli, 405 Russell St., 3237499 ◆ Einstein Brothers Bagels, MSU campus, Mitchell Memorial Library, 325-0923 ◆ El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant, 111 Eckford Dr. ◆ Fish Shack 2, 2330 Old West Point Rd., 323-1333 ◆ Garibaldi’s Grill Mexican Restaurant, 500 Highway 12 E., 338-1868 ◆ Gordo’s Peruvian Restaurant, 108 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 338-1788 ◆ Great Wall, 1146 E. Lee Blvd., 324-8298 ◆ Grumpy’s, 105 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 323-1132 ◆ Hardee’s, 411 Highway 12 E., 323-8047 ◆ Harvey’s, 406 Highway 12 E., 323-1669 ◆ Huddle House, 809 Highway 12 W., 6151313 ◆ Jean’s Cafe, 103C Rue de Grand Fromage, 615-3882 ◆ Kentucky Fried Chicken, 127A Highway 12 W., 323-1944 ◆ Little Dooey’s, 100 Fellowship St., 323-6094 ◆ Lenny’s Sub Shop, 100 Russell St. Suite 13, 323-8008 ◆ Mac’s Meat Market, 209 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 324-6328 ◆ Marketplace Restaurant at Perry, MSU campus, 325-2965 ◆ McAlister’s Deli, 500 Russell St., Suite 7, 324-2565 ◆ McClesky’s Deli, 400 Highway 12, 3232892 ◆ McDonald’s, 500 Highway 12 E., 323-1706 ◆ McDonald’s, 817 Highway 12 W., 320-3908 ◆ Mexico Tipico, 123 Highway 12 W., 3232117 ◆ Morris’ Bar-B-Q & Steakhouse, 1347 16th Section Rd., 320-6661 ◆ MSU Cafeteria, Darden Avenue at MSU, 3252965 ◆ MSU State Fountain, MSU Mini Mall, 3252967 ◆ Mugshots Grill & Bar, 101 N. Douglas Conner St., 324-3965 ◆ Oby’s Deli, 504 Academy Road, 323-0444 ◆ Old Venice Pizza Co., 110 East Main St., 320-6872 ◆ Papa John’s Pizza, 500 Russell St., 3237272 ◆ Petty’s BBQ, 103 Highway 12 W., 324-2363 ◆ Pizza Hut East, 211 Highway 12 W., 3238373 ◆ Pizza Hut West, 911 Highway 12 W., 3242321 ◆ Popeye’s, 814A Highway 12 W., 324-3537 ◆ Quiznos Sub, 409 University Drive, 615-9971 ◆ Remington Hunt Club Bar and Grill, 400 Highway 12 W., 615-5444 ◆ Restaurant Tyler, 100 E. Main St., 324-1014 ◆ Richey’s Restaurant, 513 Academy Road, 324-2737 ◆ Rick’s Cafe American, 319 Highway 82 E., 324-7425 ◆ Rosey Baby's, 100 S. Jackson St., 324-1949 ◆ Ruby Tuesdays, 110 Highway 12 W., 6154245 ◆ Sbarro, MSU campus, Colvard Student Union, 325-0923 ◆ Shipley’s Donuts, 418 Highway 12 E., 3246003 ◆ Sonic Drive-In, 302 Highway 12 E., 3233448 ◆ Sonic Drive-in 815 Highway 12 W. 324-6214 ◆ Starbucks, MSU campus, Colvard Student Union and Barnes and Noble, 325-0923 ◆ Starkville Cafe, 211 Main St., 323-1665 ◆ State Fountain Bakery, MSU mini mall, 3252967 ◆ Strange Brew, 605 Highway 12 W., 3207022 ◆ Stromboli’s, 408 University Drive, 615-4080
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◆ Subway, 911 Highway 12 W., Suite 107A, 324-6040 ◆ Subway, 210 N. Jackson St., 323-3733 ◆ Sushi Martini, 700 University Drive, 2684025 ◆ Sweet Peppers Deli, 904 Highway 12 W., 323-0204 ◆ Tabs, 701 University Drive ◆ Taco Bell, 207 Highway 12 W., 323-5174 ◆ Taste of China, 608 Highway 12 E., 3240555 ◆ Three Generations Tea Room, 217 N. Jackson St., 324-1507 ◆ Umi Japanese Restaurant, 315 Highway 12 W., 323-5258 ◆ The Veranda, 208 Lincoln Green, 323-1231 ◆ Wendy’s, 102 Highway 12 W., 324-2929 ◆ Zaxby’s, 829 Highway 12 W., 320-9003 ◆ Zoca Southwest Grill, MSU campus, Colvard Student Union, 325-0923 ◆ Zorba’s Greek Tavern, 100 E. Main St., 3248422
College Park Shopping Center — On Russell Street, this shopping center includes men’s and women’s clothing, gifts and cards, shoe store, deli, bike shop, real estate agency, flower shop, travel agency and hair salon. Several other shopping centers line Highway 12 and other parts of town.
Starkville Sportsplex – Located off Lynn Lane, the Sportsplex features a new multi-purpose building, which includes indoor basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts. An indoor walking track also is available, along with classes, camps and other activities. The facility also features athletic fields. Call 323-2294. McKee Park – Located near the Sportsplex on Lynn Lane, this park offers two softball fields, two picnic pavilions, four tennis courts, a playground, two racquetball courts and basketball courts. Westside Park – Located on North Long Street, a swimming pool, ball fields, a picnic pavilion, two practice fields, a tennis court, two
The city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County are served by several shopping centers and the downtown business districts. La Galerie – Located at 500 Russell St., La Galerie features tux rentals, computers and a camera shop. Services offered include a dentist, travel agency and tanning center. Main Street Shopping Plaza — This plaza is located on Highway 12 near Wal-Mart. It offers an assortment of businesses including Mexican cuisine, coffee, shoes and clothing. Southdale Shopping Center – This shopping center is located on Highway 12 and features three restaurants along with a copying service, a beauty salon and an MSU specialty store. Starkville Crossing – Featuring J.C. Penney, Peebles and Kroger, this shopping center also offers more than 10 smaller stores, a loan service and one restaurant. Middleton Court – Located at Highway 12 and Highway 25, this shopping center features a clothing store, an appliance and furniture store, photography studio and an auto parts store. Super Wal-Mart – Located at 1010 Highway 12 W., Super Wal-Mart offers a full service grocery store with the amenities of Wal-Mart. The store is open 24 hours a day. University Square Shopping Center – Also located on Highway 12, this shopping center offers a grocery store, a photo and art supply shop, video store, record store, beauty salon, Chinese restaurant and loan service.
basketball courts and a playground area are all available at this park on North Long Street. Moncrief Park – This park on North Jackson Street provides a swimming pool, a ball field, two tennis courts, a pavilion area, a dog park and a playground open to the public. George Evans Park – Located on Spring Street, George Evans Park has a playground, one tennis court and a basketball court. Josey Park - This park on Josey Avenue features a small playground and concrete court. Oktibbeha County Lake – Five miles west of town, the lake is publicly owned and offers fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing and picnicking on 700 acres of land. The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge – This area is a man-developed waterfowl refuge that covers 46,000 acres, including two major lakes and a 3,225-acre bird sanctuary. Nature trails and scenic driving routes are available. Hunting is permitted in selected areas and fishing is permitted in all refuge waters March 1 to Oct. 31.
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About West Point
Located eight miles north of Highway 82 on Highway 45 Alternate, West Point is a small town with lots of Southern charm. Like nearby Columbus, West Point lays claim to having Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto come close to what is now the modernday city during an expedition in 1541. De Soto brought new breeds of horses and hogs with
him and in doing so helped establish a major part of the local economy — swine farming. Officially incorporated in 1858, West Point boasts a unique and elegant example of antebellum architecture — Waverley Mansion. The octagonal mansion, built by Col. George Hampton Young, is a registered historic landmark and is open for tours on a regular basis.
The city’s defining moment came in 1909 when J.C. Bryan Sr. began selling pork products out of a West Point storefront. Over the following decades, Bryan’s sons and grandsons made Bryan Foods into one of the country’s largest producers of pork products, eventually employing more than 1,500 employees at the company’s West Point processing plant.
ings, held every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall’s meeting room, are well attended by the public. For leisure activities, visitors and residents alike have plenty of options. The Prairie Arts Festival and the Howlin’ Wolf blues festival, both held around Labor day weekend, attract crowds from all over the world. Additionally, the newly revived West Point/Clay County Community Arts Council hosts performances at The Civic and at Sally Kate Winters Park. Of course, golf lovers would be remiss not to play Old Waverly — one of the finest golf courses in the South. Whether you’re planning on making a move with your family or just in the mood to spend a fun day off the beaten path, West Point is a great place to do it.
Scott Ross Mayor
Bobby Lane Acting Police Chief
Laddie Huffman Sheriff
Although the Bryans sold the business to Sara Lee Food and Beverage Corp. in 1968, Bryan brand foods were produced in West Point until March 2007 when Sara Lee shut the plant down and laid off more than 1,200 employees. While the city is still struggling from losing its largest employer, West Point has recently witnessed the expansion of a number of local businesses such as
Navistar, Ellis Steel, Blazon Tube and Royal Trucking. West Point is a certified Main Street Community and a certified retirement community. In 2007, the city was certified as an “Excel by 5” community — a distinction that indicates West Point is an excellent place to raise young children. West Point residents are civic-minded and most Board of Selectmen meet-
County – Clay County seat – West Point Population – The U.S. Census estimated a 2008 population of 11,292 in West Point and 20,860 in Clay County. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Government – City: mayor and board of selectmen; incorporated as a city in 1858. County: five-member board of supervisors. Altitude – 337 feet above sea level Area – 4.25 square miles (city); 415 square miles (county) Assessed valuation – City: $79 million; county: $135 million City statistics – Total street mileage, 65; 18 firefighters; 26 police officers Climate – January daily average maximum temperature, 51; January daily average minimum temperature, 31; July daily average maximum temperature, 92.5; July daily average minimum temperature, 69.5 Major highways – U.S. 45 Alternate and 82; state highways 25 and 50. Industry – Principal manufactured products include chemicals, needlecraft, steel fabrication, wood products, poultry processing, toy making and playground equipment.
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West Point has a mayor-selectmen type of government. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote, based on the votes cast throughout the city in the primary and general elections. The five selectmen are elected based on voters in predetermined wards of the city. The present mayor and selectmen
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were elected in 2009, and their terms will officially expire in 2013.
◆ Mayor Scott Ross
◆ Ward 1: Rod Bobo ◆ Ward 2: Homer E. Cannon ◆ Ward 3: Charles D. Collins ◆ Ward 4: Keith McBrayer ◆ Ward 5: Jasper Pittman
Members of the elected selectmen are:
The selectmen meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. All meetings are open to the public. Other major city officials include:
Acting Chief of Police – Bobby Lane, 330 W. Broad St., West Point, MS 39773, 494-1244 Fire Chief – Johnny Littlefield, 400 E. Brame Ave., West Point, MS 39773, 494-1531 City Attorney – Orlando Richmond, 494-2573 City Judge – Mark Cliett, 494-2573
City Hall’s hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 4942573
The responsibility for administering the duties of county government falls to the Clay County Board of Supervisors. The county is divided into five districts, each overseen by an elected county supervisor. These officials are elected to a four-year term. The current Clay County supervisors are:
◆ District 1: Lynn Horton ◆ District 2: Luke Lummus ◆ District 3: R.B. Davis ◆ District 4: Shelton Deanes ◆ District 5: Floyd McKee
All may be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 815, West Point, MS 39773, or by calling 494-3124. Meetings are held at the Clay County Courthouse the first Monday, the following Thursday and fourth Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. Other major county officials include:
Sheriff – Laddie Huffman, 218 W. Broad, West Point, MS 39773, 494-5154 Superintendent of Education – Mae Brewer, 205 Court St., West Point, MS 39773, 4942915 Board Attorney – Lee S. Coleman, P.O. Box 851, West Point, MS 39773, 494-3313 Justice Court Judges – Thomas Hampton and Joseph Taggert, 218 W. Broad St., West Point, MS 39773, 494-6141 Constables – Sherman Ivy and Lewis Stafford,
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Clay county residents enjoy reading the newspaper while sitting in front of Nix’s Barber Shop on Main Street in West Point.
494-6140 Chancery Clerk – Robbie Robinson, 205 Court St., West Point, MS 39773, 494-3124 Circuit Clerk – Robert Harrell, 205 Court St., West Point, MS 39773, 494-3384 Tax Assessor and Collector – Teretha Rupert, 205 Court St., West Point, MS 39773, 4943432 Coroner – Alvin Carter Jr., P.O. Box 851, West Point, MS 39773, 494-3313 County Director – Donna Cliett, 218 W. Broad, West Point, MS 39773, 494-5371
All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.
City, county maps
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able at the chancery clerk’s office.
Building permits – Building permits may be obtained at the building office in West Point City Hall. Call 4946601. Business permits, licenses – Business permits and licenses may also be obtained at City Hall. Call 4942573.
The postmaster in West Point is Patrick McKee; he can be reached at 494-3303. The supervisor is Bobby Duncan. Mail is picked up daily at the Commerce Street station and the last pickup is at 5 p.m.
City – In the city of West Point, garbage is collected weekly. The residential monthly fee is $9.50 and is included on the utility bill. County – Those residents living in the county have garbage pickup once a week (including all holidays) on a prescheduled basis for each area. There is a monthly fee of $7. For information on the schedule for your area, contact the Clay Sanitation Department, 494-3313.
Residents needing to send mail may deposit their mail in several locations throughout the city. West Point has one station with window service at 420 Commerce St. and six collection boxes on the streets. In addition, some apartment complexes have designated locations for mail pickup. For those living in the rural areas of Clay County, stamps may be purchased from any mail carrier, who also can offer residents most services provided in the mail station in West Point.
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valorem taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to Oct. 1 (coun-
ty) and Aug. 1 (city) of each year. Where to pay taxes – Municipal taxes are to be paid at West Point City Hall (494-2573). County taxes and state ad valorem taxes are payable to the Clay County tax assessor, whose office is in the courthouse (494-2274). State income tax is payable to the State Tax Commission located in the Woolfolk Building in Jackson by April 15. The state tax commission also has a branch office in the Waters Building in Columbus. Homestead exemption – City and county applications for homestead exemption on property should be filed each year by March 31. A person filing for homestead exemption for the first time should bring the warranty deed for the property, Clay County automobile tag number(s) and Social Security number(s). The applicant must have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year in which he or she is filing. The warranty deed is to have been acknowledged by
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Dec. 31 and recorded no later than Jan. 7. For more information, contact Clay County Tax Assessor Teretha Rupert at 494-3432.
Within the city limits, newcomers, whether renting or owning, need to bring two forms of identification (including one with a recent photo and social security card) to the West Point Water and Light Department to establish services. Deposits will vary for renters and homeowners, according to usage. Renters should bring a lease agreement. Residents must pay a deposit of $30 for inside water service and $40 for outside water service. For further information, contact the West Point Water and Light Department, 300 East Broad St., 494-1432.
Security card to the Atmos Energy Gas office. A deposit may be required of $65 of home owners and $85 for renters. For more information, contact Atmos Energy Gas, 120 S. Division St., 888-2866700.
Water – County
Rural water users who are hooked up to one of the water associations will pay a deposit of $60 on the average and sign a user’s agreement. The cost of a new hookup, that requires installation of a water meter, will be higher. For more information, contact Water Services at 494-9000.
person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age by the election date and must reside in this state. A person must have been registered at least 30 days prior to the election with the Clay County circuit clerk in order to vote in the county, state and national elections and with the West Point city clerk to vote in municipal elections. For more information, contact Clay County Circuit Clerk Robert Harrell at 494-3124.
◆ Days Inn, U.S. Highway 45 Alternate, next to Clay County Medical Center. Call 494-1995. ◆ Hampton Inn and Suites, 1251 Hwy 45 S. Call 494-7802. ◆ Holiday Inn Express, U.S. Highway 45 Alternate S. Call 494-7090. ◆ Old Waverly Golf Club, Old Waverly Road. Call 495-5485. ◆ Relax Inn, U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. Call 494-2234. ◆ Waverly Waters, located on Old Waverly Road, 14-bed fishing lodge for corporate or family gatherings. Call 494-1800.
To establish telephone service, call AT&T at 888-757-6500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or visit www.att.com.
Cellular South – 494-2100
Those who are moving into the rural area will have to apply for membership at the 4-County Electric Power Association office. A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are required for residential connection. The deposit is based on a credit check and will vary between $0$250. Those who require building a new line to a new home will also have to sign a right-of-way easement agreement. Personnel at the 4-County office will explain additional services available through the rural electric cooperative. Usually, wherever existing service has been available, 4-County can turn power on to that location on the same day an application is completed. However, in cases of new service at a new home, it may take three to four days or longer to get electric service started. For more information, contact 4County Electric Power Association, 900 Industrial Road, 494-1313.
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There are approximately 56 churches in Clay County, 19 of which are in the city of West Point. The area is served by nine different Protestant denominations and one Catholic church.
◆ Mississippi State University is 18 miles away in Starkville.
The public library in Clay County, the Bryan Public Library, containing more than 55,000 volumes, is located at 338 Commerce St. Some of the special services the Bryan Library provides include Friends of The Library, an adult literacy program, mail-a-book system, nursing home service, special services to the handicapped, a summer reading program for youth and a children’s story hour in the fall, spring and summer. The library’s director is Mary Helen Waggoner. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 494-4872 for details.
General information – Registration is held each summer for the following fall term of school. Notice of registration is published prior to that time. Kindergarten in West Point is available to all students in both public and private schools. Students entering the first grade must be 6 years of age and those entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1. A birth certificate and a record of immunization are required for registration. City schools – The West Point School District superintendent is Steve Montgomery. To contact the WPSD, call 494-4242. County schools – The Clay County School District superintendent is Mae W. Brewer. For more information on the CCSD, call 4942915. Parochial schools – There is one parochial school in the county: Hebron Christian School, in Pheba, 494-7513. Private schools – There is one private school in the county: Oak Hill Academy on Old Aberdeen Road, 4945043.
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1101 Hwy. 182 E. Starkville 338-9131 College (Golden Triangle Campus) is located 10 miles from West Point. ◆ Mississippi University for Women is 21 miles away in Columbus.
◆ The Commercial Dispatch, 516 Main St., Columbus; Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed Sunday through Friday. ◆ The Daily Times Leader, 227 Court St. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 494-1353 for subscription information. Printed Tuesday through Friday and on Saturday. ◆ Television stations serving the area include WLOV (Fox affiliate) of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of Columbus; and WTVA (NBC affiliate) of Tupelo. ◆ Radio stations in the area: WKOR 94.9 FM; WKOR 980 AM; WLZA 96.1 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM; WSSO 1230 AM; WMSV 91.1 FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WZBQ 94.1; WMBC 103.1 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WACR 103.9 FM; WQNN FM; WKBB 100.9 FM and WSYE 93.3 FM.
◆ North Mississippi Medical
Center–West Point, an acute care hospital, opened in 1985 and has 60 beds. The center, housed in a two-story, 86,184-square-foot building, is affiliated with Northeast Mississippi Medical Center, the largest hospital in the state. Located in Tupelo, 50 miles from West Point, North Mississippi Medical Center provides specialty services and advanced technology found only in a major health care system. Call 4952300.
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494-3640 ◆ Waverly Care Home, 315 W. Broad St., 4940074 ◆ West Point Therapy Department, Old Aberdeen Road, 492-0065
Cars and vans ◆ Avis Rent-A-Car, 800-331-1212 ◆ National Car Rental, 800-227-7368
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Airports – McCharen Airport serves West Point and is located two miles from downtown. Golden Triangle Regional Airport — is 11 miles from West Point.
Prairie Arts Festival — Sept. 4, 2010, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Saturday before Labor Day each year, area artists and craftsmen display their work and perform live demonstrations in West Point’s downtown area. A 5K run is held in conjunction with the festival. More than 400 exhibitors and thousands of visitors attend the annual festival, designated as one of the top events in the region by the Southeast Tourism Society. Call the Growth Alliance, 4945121. Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival — Sept. 3, 2010. The Friday before the Prairie Arts Festival, this event honors blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, a West Point native. The 2010 festival includes Blind Morris and the Black Prairie Blues Kings, Mark “Mule Man” Massey and James “Super Chikan” Johnson and the Fighting Cocks. For information call the Growth Alliance, 494-5121.
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The city of West point, Clay County are served by several shopping centers and the downtown business districts. Mossy Oak Outlet — (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) 1257 Highway 45 S., Alt. This outlet center has several different stores to offer up a variety including a restaurant. Downtown — (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Downtown offers restaurants, banks, drug stores, clothing, jewelry, antiques and much more.
◆ Anthony’s, 116 West Main St., 494-0316 ◆ Cathy’s Restaurant, Highway 45 Alternate,
494-9892 ◆ Chad’s Café, 3388 Old Hwy 50 W., 4928888 ◆ Chef David’s BBQ, 608 W. Main St., 4945944 ◆ China Buffet, 102 Hwy 45 N., Alt., 4949998 ◆ Domino’s Pizza, Highway 45 South, 4950020 ◆ Foodland Cafe, 3388 Highway 50 W., 4920070 ◆ Hardee’s, Highway 45 Alternate, 494-0440
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◆ Hoover’s Bakery, 128 Highway 45 S., 4941442 ◆ Huddle House, 230 Highway 45 S., 4944001 ◆ Kentucky Fried Chicken, 525 Highway 45 N., 494-2714 ◆ La Fiesta Brava Mexican Restaurant, Highway 45, 495-2484 ◆ Latte-Da Coffee, 134 Commerce St., 4948969 ◆ Light House Café, 307 East Main Street,494-9081 ◆ Little Dooey’s, Highway 45 N., 327-0088 ◆ Liu’s Garden, Highway 45 South, 494-9720 ◆ Main Street Market, 506 East Main Street, 524-4084 ◆ McDonald’s, Highway 45 Alternate ◆ Mr. B’s, 127 East Jordan Ave., 494-8100 ◆ Old Town Grill, 1249 Highway 45 S., 4924006 ◆ Old Waverly Golf Club, One Magnolia Dr., 494-6463 ◆ Pizza Hut, Highway 45 North, 494-2404 ◆ Pizza Inn, 710 Hwy 45 N., Alt., 494-8558 ◆ Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken and Biscuits, 226 Highway 45 N., 494-6322 ◆ Ritz Cafe, 121 Commerce St., 494-1800 ◆ Robin Hood’s, 746 South Eshman Ave., 4948975 ◆ Sonic Drive-in, Highway 45 North, 494-8479 ◆ Sopranos Cafe and Billiards, 113 E. Main St., 494-0520 ◆ Stafford’s, 433 Hwy 45 N., Alt., 494-5820 ◆ Subway Sandwiches, 350 Highway 45 S., 494-9040 ◆ The Point, 133 Commerce St., 494-8989 ◆ The Station, 410 East Main Street, 4944622 ◆ Tin Lizzie Cafe, Highway 45 Alternate, 4940006 ◆ Tony’s BBQ, 201 West Main Street. 2959727 ◆ Wendy’s, 312, Hwy 45 N., Alt., 494-7951 ◆ Y-Knot Little Pig, 1035 Hwy, 45 N., Alt., 494-5600
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About Macon and Noxubee County
Located in the rolling pastureland of Noxubee County, Macon serves as the center of community life in a largely rural county. Founded on Feb. 9, 1833, as Taladega, the town’s name was changed to Macon Aug. 10, 1835. The Jackson Military Road crossed the Noxubee River, which runs near the present town, just
west of Macon. Much of life in Macon revolves around the land, from cattle grazing to catfish farming. Noxubee County is also home to the town of Brooksville, and both towns have active Mennonite communities.
County – Noxubee County seat – Macon Population – The U.S. Census Bureau
estimated a 2008 population of 2,744 in Macon and 11,828 in Noxubee County. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Government – City: mayor and board of aldermen; incorporated as a city in 1834. County: five-member board of supervisors. Altitude – 210 feet above sea level Area – 3.5 square miles (city); 694.8 square miles (county) City statistics – 22 firefighters; 14 police officers Climate – Temperature – January daily
Building permits – Building permits may be obtained at the building office in Macon City Hall. Call 726-5847 (F) 662-726-2409. Business permits, licenses – Business permits and licenses may also be obtained at City Hall. Call 726-5847.
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average maximum, 53; January daily average minimum, 31; July daily average maximum, 92; July daily average minimum, 70 Major highways – U.S. 45 Industry – Barge Forest Products, Boral Bricks, East Mississippi Pole Co., Land O’ Lakes, Macon Ready Mix, Outdoor Technologies, Peco Foods, Penick Forest Products, Shuqualak Lumber Co., Superior Fish Products, Trailboss Trailers
The responsibility for administering the duties of county government falls to the Noxubee County Board of Supervisors. The county is divided into five districts, each overseen by an elected county supervisor. These officials are elected to a four-year term. Current county officeholders are subject to change, based on the results of the Nov. 6 election. The current Noxubee County supervisors are:
Macon has one post office with window service. Two other post offices are located in Noxubee County. For those living in the rural areas of Noxubee County, stamps may be purchased from any mail carrier, who can also offer residents most services provided in the mail station in the area. The postmaster in Macon is Lorenda Card; she can be reached at 726-5420. Mail is picked up daily at the three post offices and the last pickup is at 4:15 p.m.
City – In the city of Macon, garbage is collected on Wednesday. The residential monthly fee is $11 and is included on the utility bill. County – Those residents living in the county have garbage pickup throughout the week on a pre-scheduled basis for each area. There is a $12 monthly fee. For information on the schedule for your area, contact Noxubee County Solid Waste at 7264710.
Macon has a mayor-aldermen type of government. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote, based on the votes cast throughout the city in the primary and general elections. Four of the five aldermen are elected based on votes in predetermined wards of the city, while the alderman at large is elected based on votes from residents throughout the entire city. The present mayor and aldermen were elected in June 2009. Members of the elected board of aldermen are:
◆ District 1: Larry Tate ◆ District 2: William “Boo” Oliver ◆ District 3: Sherman Patterson ◆ District 4: James Eddie Coleman ◆ District 5: Bruce B. Brooks
◆ Mayor Bob Boykin
All may be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 147, Macon, MS 39341 or by calling 726-5181 or 726-6047. Meetings are held at the Noxubee County Courthouse the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m. and the following Friday after the first Monday. Other major county officials include:
Sheriff – Albert Walker Superintendent of Education – Kevin Jones Board Attorney – Christopher Hemphill Justice Court Judges – Dirk Dickson and Dorothy Stewart Constables – Frank Draper and Derone Moseley Chancery Clerk – Mary R. Shelton Washington Circuit Clerk – Carl L. Mickens Tax Assessor and Collector – Emmett Mickens Coroner – R.L. Calhoun
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valorem taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to Oct. 1 of each year. Where to pay taxes – Municipal taxes, county taxes and state ad valorem taxes are payable to the Noxubee County tax assessor/collector, whose office is located at 505 S. Jefferson St. Reach the office at 726-4744. State income tax is payable to the State Tax Commission in Jackson by April 15. Homestead exemption – City and county applications for homestead exemption on property should be filed each year by April 1. A person filing for homestead exemption for the first time should bring the warranty deed for the property, Noxubee County automobile tag number(s) and Social Security
◆ Ward 1: Earnest Harmon ◆ Ward 2: James Watkins ◆ Ward 3: Tommy Campbell ◆ Ward 4: Willie Dixon Jr. ◆ Alderman at Large: Phillip McGuire
The aldermen meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first and second Tuesday night of every month at 105 West Pulaski St. Other major city officials include:
Chief of Police – Petey Freshour Fire Chief – Billy Whitehead City Attorney – Roderick D. Walker City Judge – Timothy Gowan
All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.
City, county maps
Maps of the city and county are available at the Noxubee Alliance/Chamber of Commerce office, located at 503 S. Washington St.
City Hall’s hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and may be contacted by calling 726-5847.
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number(s). The applicant must have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year in which he or she is filing. The warranty deed is to have been acknowledged by Dec. 31 and recorded by Jan. 1. For more information, contact Noxubee County Tax Assessor/ Collector Emmett Mickens at 726-4744.
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Within the city limits, newcomers, whether renting or owning, need to bring two forms of identification (including one with a recent photo) to the Macon Electric & Water Department to establish services. Deposits will vary for renters and homeowners. Renters should bring a lease agreement. For city renters, electricity is $150, water is $50 and garbage is $25 per month. For city homeowners, electricity is $100, water is $25, and garbage is $25 per month. All services require a $20 connection fee; water deposits inside the city limits are $50. For inside water connections, the charge is $13.20 for the first 3,000 gallons; for outside water connections, the fee is $19.80 for the first 3,000 gallons. Water hook-up in the county is $70, plus the $20 connection fee. For further information, contact the Macon Electric & Water Department, 726-5251, or stop by the office at 312 S. Jefferson St.
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Those who are moving into the rural area will have to apply for membership at the 4-County Electric Power Association office. A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are required for residential connection. The deposit is based on a credit utility check and will vary between $0-$250. Those who require building a new line to a new home will have to sign a right-of-way easement agreement. Personnel at the 4-County office will explain additional services available through the rural electric cooperative. Usually, wherever existing service has been available, 4-County can turn power on to that location on the same day an application is completed. However, in cases of new service at a new home, it may take three to four days or longer to get electric service started. For more information, contact 4-
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County at 1338 Magnolia Drive, 7265811. Operating hours for home telephone service are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There are approximately 115 churches in Noxubee County, 69 of which are in the city of Macon. The area is served by 114 different Protestant denominations and one Catholic church.
Those who require gas services should take a driver’s license or Social Security card to the Atmos Energy office. For more information, contact Atmos Energy, 203 N. Jefferson St., 800863-7749. Dowdle Gas Co. also offers service in the area. For more information, call Dowdle at 726-2430 or stop by the office, located at 109 S. Jefferson St.
Cellular South – 726-7000
General information – Pre-registration is held each spring for the following fall term of school. Registration for students takes place on the first day of school. Notice of registration is published prior to that time. Kindergarten in Macon is available to all students in both public and private schools. Students entering the first grade must be 6 years old and those entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. A birth certificate and a record of immunization are required for registration. Public schools – Earl Nash Elementary, Reed Elementary, Wilson Elementary, B.F. Liddell Middle, Noxubee County High, Noxubee County Vocational Tech. The Noxubee County School District superintendent is Kevin Jones. Call for more information on the NCSD, 662-726-4527. Parochial schools – Macon Mennonite parochial school is located in the county. Private schools – Central Academy is a private school in the county.
In order to vote in Mississippi, a person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age by the election date and must reside in this state. A person must have been registered at least 30 days prior to the election with the Noxubee County circuit clerk in order to vote in the county, state and national elections and with the Macon city clerk to vote in municipal elections. For more information, contact Noxubee County Circuit Clerk Carl Mickens at 726-5737.
Water – County
Rural water users who are hooked up to one of the water associations will pay $70, plus a $20 connection fee. The cost of a new hookup, requiring a new water meter, will be higher. For more information, contact Macon Electric & Water Department at 7265251.
To establish telephone service, call an AT&T service representative at 888757-6500. You will need an address. Deposits will vary depending on credit.
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◆ Mississippi University for Women, about 30 miles from Macon, in Columbus. ◆ Mississippi State University, about 35 miles from Macon, in Starkville. ◆ Meridian Community College, about 54 miles from Macon, in Meridian. ◆ University of Alabama, about 69 miles from Macon, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ◆ Shelton State Community College, about 72 miles from Macon, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ◆ Itawamba Community College, about 81 miles from Macon, in Fulton. ◆ Holmes Community College, about 94 miles from Macon, in Goodman. ◆ East Mississippi Community College, about 30 miles from Macon, in Scooba. ◆ University of West Alabama, about 50 miles from Macon, in Livingston, Ala.
The public library in Noxubee County, the Noxubee County Library, is located at 103 E. King St. The library’s annual operating income is $143,013 and the facility maintains a collection of 21,572 books, 342 audio materials, 445
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Dancing Rabbit Festival — Oct. 23, 2010. Always the fourth weekend in October, this annual event is held to celebrate Noxubee County’s heritage. Festivities include arts/crafts sales, an open mic session, pony rides, inflatables, games, a train ride and other fun activities for small children. The highlight of the festival is a concert at the courthouse lawn given by bluegrass and blues singers and groups. The festival offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. For information contact the Noxubee Alliance/ Chamber of Commerce at 726-4456 or 800-487-0165.
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video materials and 22 serial subscriptions. The library has 23 public computers and offers GED classes on Tuesday and Thursday from noon-3:15 p.m. The library is planning introductory computer classes for senior citizens. The library is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The library’s acting director is Shemeka Conner. Call 726-5461 for details.
◆ The Commercial Dispatch, 516 Main St., Columbus; business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed Sunday through Friday. ◆ The Macon Beacon, printed weekly. 403 S. Jefferson St., 726-4747 ◆ Television stations serving the area include WLOV (Fox affiliate) of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of Columbus; WTOK (ABC affiliate) of Meridian; and WTVA (NBC affiliate) of Tupelo. ◆ Radio stations in the area: WALN 89.3 FM; WMAB 89.9 FM; WCSO 90.5 FM; WMSV 91.1 FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WSYE 93.3 FM; WZBQ 94.1 FM; WKOR 94.9 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WMBC 103.1 FM; WQJB 104.5 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM.
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Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 19,524 in Pickens County. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Pickens County Commission mailing address – Pickens County Commission, P.O. Box 460, Carrollton, AL 35447 Commission telephone – 205-3672020, fax 205-367-2025 Commission office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meetings – Second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. County officials ◆ District 1 – William Latham, 12457 County Road 27, Reform, AL 35481; 205-375-2171 ◆ District 2 – Susan Milner, 1992 Highway 17, Aliceville, AL 35442; 205393-7737 ◆ District 3 – C. Sentell Harper, 402 First St. N., Reform, AL 35481; 205375-2359 ◆ District 4 – Willie Colvin, 2417 Sapps Road, Aliceville, AL. 35442;
205-373-1796 ◆ District 5 – Ted Ezelle, 416 Carrollton Road, Aliceville, AL 35442; 205-373-8231 County Clerk/Administrator – Cheryl Bowles, P.O. Box 460, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2020; Yolanda Smith, assistant County Attorney – Tim McCool, 100 Phoenix Ave., Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-8125, fax 205-367-9255 Board of Education - Dr. Leonard Duff, P.O. Box 32, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2080, fax 205-367-8404
Board of Registrars – Carla Thomas, P.O. Box 173, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2071 Circuit Clerk – Bobby Cowart, (O) 205-3672050 Circuit Judge – James Moore, Fayette County Courthouse, P.O. Box 778, Fayette, AL 35555; (O) 205-932-3169 Coroner – Chad Harless, 167 Foxridge Drive, Gordo, AL 35466; (O) 205-399-1346, w w w.aces.edu/Pickens County Agent – Service Center Building, 155 Reform St., Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205367-8148; Agent Sam Wiggins District Attorney – Chris McCool, P.O. Box 520, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-3679915, fax 205-367-9918 Emergency Management – Ken Gibson, P.O. Box 459, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-3672009, (H) 205-373-8101 Industrial Development Authority – Jack Somerville, P.O. Box 29, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-8149 Juvenile Probation Officers – Kathrine Goodman and James Fields, P.O. Box 426, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2075; Pickens County Historical Society – Dora Johnson, chair Probate Judge – John Paluzzi; P O Box 370, Carrollton, AL 35447(O) 205-367-2010; fax 205-367-2011 Revenue Commissioner – John A. “Jack” Somerville, P.O. Box 447, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2040; fax 205-367-2041. Sheriff – David Abston, P.O. Box 226, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-2000; fax 205-367-8333. Water Authority – James Bridges, superintendent, P.O. Box 338, Carrollton, AL 35447; (O) 205-367-8923, (H) 205-373-6974, fax 205367-8401 City Clerk – Dineki McCaa, 419 Memorial Parkway E., 205-373-6611 City Attorney – John Russell, 202 Broad St., 205-373-8714 Fire Chief – Willie Dixon, 419 Memorial Parkway E., 205-373-6631 Police Chief – Tonnie D. Jones, 215 First St., Aliceville, AL 35442, 205-373-6631 Housing Authority – Frieda Blakney, director, P.O. Box 485, Aliceville, AL 35442 Water Clerk – Abis Colvin, 205-373-2365 Water Superintendent – Brian Pearson, 604 Magnolia Lane, Aliceville, AL 35442 Gas Board Manager – Anell Walker, 205-3732889
City of Aliceville
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 2,466 in Aliceville. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – City of Aliceville, 419 Memorial Parkway East, Aliceville, AL 35442 City Hall telephone – 205-373-6611, fax 205373-3165 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Council meetings – Second and fourth Tuesdays at 5 p.m. ◆ Mayor William R. “Billy” McKinzey Jr., 205373-2916 City Council ◆ District 1: Patty Fuller ◆ District 2: Warren Lavender ◆ District 3: Marva D. Gipson ◆ District 4: Robert Wilder ◆ District 5: J.T. Junkins Jr.
Town of Carrollton
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 929 in Carrollton. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – Town of Carrollton, P.O. Box 169, Carrollton, AL 35447 City Hall telephone – 205-367-8711, fax 205367-8952 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Council meetings – First Thursday, 7 p.m. ◆ Mayor John D. Lammers, 205-367-8711 City Council ◆ District 1: Mike McCaffert y ◆ District 2: Charles McDaniel ◆ District 3: Tim Strickland ◆ District 4: Keith Cox ◆ District 5: Sheman Mayhew City Clerk – Beth Goodson City Attorney – Chris McCool City Court Judge – David Pate, 205-367-8711 Fire Chief – Jeff Young Police Chief – Anthony Durrah, 205-367-8711 Water and Sewer Department – Larry Gilliam, superintendent, 205-367-8711
Town of Gordo
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 1,557 in Gordo. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – Town of Gordo, P.O. Box 348, Gordo, AL 35466 City Hall telephone – 205-364-7111, fax 205364-8295 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Council meetings – First Monday, 7 p.m. ◆ Mayor Craig Patterson, 205-364-7111 City Council ◆ District 1: Timothy Washington ◆ District 2: Irving Mack Ellis ◆ District 3: Willie Roger Jaynes ◆ District 4: Randy Dillard ◆ District 5: Kevin Holifield City Clerk – Kay Perkins, 205-364-7111 Building Inspector – Toby Kelley, 205-3647111 City Attorney – Stewart Albea, 205-248-9556 City Court Judge – Kathy Marine, 205-364-7111
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Fire Chief – Keith Sharp, 205-364-7111 Housing Authority – Bud Blakeney, director, 205-364-7114 Police Chief – Gerald Todd Hall, 205-364-7111 Street and Sanitation Department – Toby Kelley, 205-364-7111 Water and Sewer Department – Chris Gray, chairman, 205-364-7111
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Millport, AL 35576; (H) 205-662-4798 County Clerk/Administrator – Rita Taylor, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-6959958, fax 205-695-8522 County Attorney – Strawbridge, Strawbridge, Strawbridge, 44695 Highway 17, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205- 695-9111 County Engineer – Jim Smith, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7136 Board of Education – Jeff Newman, Superintendent, P.O. Box 1379, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7615, fax 205-695-7678 Board of Equalization – Pam Duncan and Dupree Pennington, 333 Beaver Creek Road, Vernon, AL 35592; Dupree Pennington, 725 Columbus Ave., Vernon, AL 35592 Board of Registrars – Mary Ruth Edwards, Chair; Frances Pollard and Janice Hill. Call 205-695-9197 Circuit Clerk – Mary Ann Jones (O) 205-6957188 Circuit Judge – James Moore, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-932-3169 Coroner – Martin H. Gottwald, 205-695-7103 County Agent – Wayne Robinson, P.O. Box 567, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7139 District Attorney – Chris McCool, P.O. Box 520, Carrollton, AL 35447, (O) 205-367-9915 District Judge – Alex Brown, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-9427
City of Reform
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 1,790 in Reform. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – City of Reform, 104 Third Ave. S.E., P.O. Box 489, Reform, AL 35481 City Hall telephone – 205-375-6363 or 205375-6364, fax 205-375-6371 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Council meetings – First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ◆ Mayor Frank Criswell, 205-375-6363 City Council ◆ District 1: Percy Matthews ◆ District 2: Orman Atkins ◆ District 3: Bennie Harton ◆ District 4: Nancy Keasler ◆ District 5: Willie Littles City Clerk/Treasurer – Annette Reed, 205375-6363 Building Official/License Inspector – Bruce Skelton, 205-375-6363 City Attorney – Tim McCool, 205-367-8125 City Court Judge – Kathy Marine, 205-3678207 Fire Chief – David Richardson, 205-375-6089 Housing Authority – Sheryl Gillons, director, 205-375-6360 Police Chief – Richard Black, 205-375-6363 Water Board – Frank Criswell, superintendent, 205-375-6363 Zoning Board – Melissa Rainer, chair, 205375-6261
Economic Development Authority, Lamar County – Larry Huggins, Chairman, P.O. Box 309, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7141 Emergency Management – Johnny Bigham, Coordinator, P.O. Box 711, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7105, (H) 205-273-4416 Probate Judge – Johnny Rogers, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-9119 Sheriff – Terry Perkins, P.O. Box 1382, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7470 Revenue Commissioner – Donna Holsonback, P.O. Box 11170, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205695-9139 Water and Fire Authority – Tracy Merchant, 1318 County Road 9, Vernon, AL 35592; (O) 205-695-7302
Town of Millport
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 1,014 in Millport. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – Town of Millport, P.O. Box 365, Millport, AL 35576 City Hall telephone – 205-662-4228, fax 205662-4968 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Council meetings – Second and fourth Mondays, 7 p.m. ◆ Mayor – Waymon Fields, P.O. Box 365, Millport, AL 35576; 205-662-4228
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 14,295 in Lamar County. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. Courthouse mailing address – Lamar County Courthouse, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592 Probate judge telephone number – 205-6959119, fax 205-695-7333 Courthouse office hours – Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; First Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Commission meetings – Second and fourth Mondays, 9 a.m. County Commission chairman – Johnny Rogers, P.O. Box 338, Vernon, AL 35592. (O) 205-695-7333 or 205-695-9119. County officials ◆ District 1 – Greg Norton (O) 205-695-7333 ◆ District 2 – Dewey Carruth, P.O. Box 579, Sulligent, AL 35586; (O) 205-695-7333, (H) 205-698-9235
Willie J Carter Jr, Agent 1809 7th Avenue N Columbus, MS 39701 Bus: 662-327-4022 www.brutuscarter.com
Bobby Patrick Ins Agcy Inc Bobby Patrick, Agent 1301 Military Road Bus: 662-327-3685 www.bobbypatrick.com
John D Acker CPCU CLU ChFC, Agent 1124 Main St Columbus, MS 39701 Bus: 662-329-9444 www.johnacker.com
Denise Good, Agent 118 Alabama Street Columbus, MS 39702 Bus: 662-328-5701 www.denisegood.net
Rob Naugher CLU, Agent 202 Hospital Dr Columbus, MS 39705 Bus: 662-327-1671 www.robnaugher.com
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City officials ◆ District 1 – Barbara Gardner ◆ District 2 – Icie Wriley (Mayor Pro Tem) ◆ District 3 – Amye House ◆ District 4 – Tim Fields ◆ District 5 – Lane Gilliam Town Clerk – Lynnette Ogden, MMC, 205-6624228 Town Attorney – Justin Williams Fire Chief – Tim Fields, 205-662-3788 Housing Authority – Debra Graham, director, 205-662-3269 Industrial Development Board – Jeff Newman, chair, 205-662-4917 Planning & Zoning Board – Icie Wriley, chair, 205-662-4228 Police Chief – Heath Allred, 205-662-4228 Water Superintendent – Robby McAdams, P.O. Box 365, 205-662-4625 or 205-662-4228
◆ Place 1 – Cynthia Summerville ◆ Place 2 – Bobby Metcalf ◆ Place 3 – Thomas Blaylock ◆ Place 4 – Danny Dillard ◆ Place 5 – Mac Morris Jr.
City Clerk – Gary Mosley, 205-698-9111 City Attorney – Tim Wadsworth, 205-6989118 District Court Prosecutor – Cynthia Bockman, 205-695-0087 District Court Judge – Alex Brown, 205-6959427 Fire Chief – Robbie Ives Housing Authority – Johnny Hulsey, 205-6989482 Industrial Development Board – Camille Wilson, Chair, P.O. Box 244, Millport, AL 35576 Library Board – Barbara Reeves, Chair, P.O. Box 215, Sulligent, AL 35586 Park & Recreation Board – Gary Mosley, Chair, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586 Police Chief – Willis Stanford, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586; (O) 205-698-9111 Rescue Squad – Casey Baughn, president, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586 Street Manager – Larry Cox, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586; (O) 205-698-9111 Water Superintendent – James Guyton, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586; (O) 205-6989111
ed a 2008 population of 1,893 in Vernon. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – City of Vernon, P.O. Box 357, Vernon, AL 35592 City Hall telephone – 205-695-7718 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Council meetings – First and third Mondays, 6:30 p.m. ◆ Mayor – Dupree Pennington, 205-695-7718 City Officials ◆ Place 1 – James Morton ◆ Place 2 – Don Thornton ◆ Place 3 – Dana Hester ◆ Place 4 – Mike Gideon ◆ Place 5 – Jerry M. Smith City Clerk – Rebecca Cantrell, 205-695-7718 Building Inspector – Avery Robertson City Attorney – Strawbridge, Strawbridge, Strawbridge, 44695 Highway 17, Vernon, AL 35592, (O)205-695-9111 City Administrative Assistant – Don Dollar, 205-695-7718 Fire Chief – Larry Dubose, 205-695-9504 Housing Authority – Sheila Rushing, executive director, 205-695-7122 Industrial Development Board – Larry Huggins, chairman, 205-695-7141 Police Chief – Ted Collins, 205-695-7022 Water Department – Roger Holloway, 205695-9274
City of Sulligent
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 2008 population of 1,968 in Sulligent. The last census was in 2000; the 2010 Census is in progress. City Hall mailing address – City of Sulligent, P.O. Box 365, Sulligent, AL 35586 City Hall telephone – 205-698-9111 City Hall office hours – Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Council meetings – First and third Mondays, 6 p.m. ◆ Mayor – Scott Boman, 205-698-9111 City officials
City of Vernon
Population – The U.S. Census Bureau estimat-
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