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A resource for newcomers and residents

of Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee Counties


of North Mississippi
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Area Restaurant Guide..........4 Clay/West Point...................54
The best dining options as voted on by readers Culture and community abound in this historic
of The Dispatch newspaper prairie town in Clay County
Insight is a publication of
Mississippi..............................8 Noxubee/Macon...................64 The Commercial Dispatch
Everything and everyone you need to know in Home of Noxubee County High School Tigers P.O. Box 511
Mississippi at the state level championship football team and the 48,000- Columbus, MS 39703
662-328-2424
acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge www.cdispatch.com
Lowndes/Columbus.............. 16
A historic gem on the banks of the Tennessee-
Tombigbee River and home to the Columbus
Air Force Base and Mississippi University for
Women On the cover — Earl Arnold, an
instructor pilot at Columbus Air Force
Oktibbeha/Starkville............38 Base, signs a contract on a new home in the
A thriving downtown and the abundance area with Columbus Realtor Kelly Frady.
of culture that accompanies Mississippi Frady is an agent for Coldwell Banker
State University’s continued growth makes West Realty Company.
“Starkvegas” a jewel in the Golden Triangle’s
crown

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Area Restaurant
Guide ss

Below is a list of the best dining options as voted on by readers of The Dispatch
newspaper in 2017. Businesses selected as the “Best” in a category are marked with
an n. Businesses selected as “Among the Best” are marked with an u.

Atmosphere Beer Selection Biscuits Breakfast


n Proffitt’s Porch n Zachary’s n Hardees n Cracker Barrel
u Harvey’s u Huck’s Place u Popeye’s u The Ranch House
u Huck’s Place u Harvey’s u The Biscuit Shop u Hardees
u Elbow Room u Cracker Barrel
BBQ u The Ranch House Brisket
nG lenn’s Produce, BBQ & Best First Date n Glenn’s BBQ
Fish Restaurant Buffett u Hank’s
u Little Dooey n Huck’s Place n The Ranch House u Bob Roberts
u Hank’s u Harvey’s u Ryans (closed)
u J. Broussards u Lion Hills

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Catfish Frozen Yogurt
n Ruben’s n Smackers
u Little Dooey
u Cattleman’s Steak &
u Tutti Frutti
u Local Culture
Top ratings on Yelp
Seafood
Below is a list of the top 10 restaurants in the area as
Grocery Store ranked on Yelp. Rankings are as of July 2018.
Chicken n Kroger
n Chik Fil A u Sunflower
1. Huck’s Place – Columbus
u KFC u Walmart
2. The Veranda – Starkville
u Food Giant
3. Hank’s #1 BBQ – Columbus
Hamburger 4. Jackson Square Grill – Columbus
Chicken Tenders n Mugshots
5. Anthony’s Good Food Market – West Point
n Little Dooey u Doug & Hazel’s
6. Proffitt’s Porch – Columbus
u Harvey’s u Bulldog Burger
7. Bob Roberts BBQ – Columbus
u Zaxby’s
8. The Camphouse – Starkville
Happy Hour 9. Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club – Starkville
Chicken Wings n Sonic
10. Bin 612 – Starkville
n Buffalo Wild Wings u Harvey’s
u American Deli u Zachary’s
u Wings Fish & More
Ice Cream Outdoor Dining Seafood
Chinese n Sonic n Proffitt’s Porch n Huck’s Place
n Peking Chinese Restaurant u Bop’s u Mugshots u Ruben’s
u New China Royal u Churn & Spoon u Zachary’s u Cattleman’s
u China House
Japanese Pizza Senior Lunch
Coffee n Umi Japanese Steak House n Lost Pizza n Huck’s Place
n Starbucks u OEC u CJ’s Pizza u Café on Main
u Beans & Cream u Samurai u Strombolis u Cracker Barrel
u Coffee House on 5th
Locally Owned Plate Lunch Sports Bar/Nightclub
Coleslaw Restaurant n Café on Main n Sey’s
n Glenn’s BBQ n Proffitt’s Porch u Farmstead u Zachary’s
u Little Dooey u Huck’s Place u Restaurant Tyler u Buffalo Wild Wings
u Captain D’s u Café Unique
Po’Boy Steak
Crawfish Lunch in 30 Minutes n Oby’s n Old Hickory
n Huck’s Place n Zachary’s u Proffitt’s Porch u LongHorn Steakhouse
u Ruben’s u Café Unique u Huck’s Place u Huck’s Place
u Brewskies u Café on Main
u Little Dooey Ribs Sushi
Margarita n Glenn’s Produce, BBQ & n UMI
Creative Cuisine n Mi Hacienda Fish u Samurai
n J. Broussards u La Fiesta u Hank’s u Kroger
u Anthony’s u LongHorn Steakhouse u The Little Dooey
u The Veranda u Pop’s Sweet Tea
Mexican n Sweet Pepper’s Deli
Dessert n Mi Toro Salad u McAlister’s Deli
n The Sweet Shop u Mexican Kitchen n Harvey’s u Proffitt’s Porch
u Harvey’s u Mi Hacienda u Proffitt’s Porch
u Café Unique u The Little Dooey Tater Tots
Milk Shake n Sonic
Family Restaurant n Sonic Salsa u Bulldog Burger
n Proffitt’s Porch u Chick-fil-A n Mi Toro u Doug & Hazels
u Ranch House u Jack’s u Mi Hacienda
u Harvey’s u La Terrazza Thai
New Restaurant n Thai by Thai
French Fries n Mugshots Sandwich u Thai Siam
n McDonald’s u Soul Fish Grill n Proffitt’s Porch u The Golden Bowl
u The Twisted Burger u No Way Jose u Sweet Pepper’s Deli
Company u United Deli
u Huck’s Place

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MISSISSIPPI

Welcome to

The Magnolia State celebrated its bicentennial last year,


as it became the 20th state to join the union in 1817.
Mississippi was originally a territory occupied by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez
Native American tribes and has since served as a stage for civil war battles and civil rights
conflicts. The state claims a rich artistic history as the birthplace of the Delta Blues and of
award-winning actors, writers and musicians. Explore the Mississippi Blues Trail, stretching
from the northeast Mississippi Delta to the Gulf Coast, which celebrates Mississippi natives
such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley. Visit the birthplace of playwright
Tennessee Williams in Columbus, the Oxford home of author William Faulkner or the
colorfully decorated workshop of painter Walter Anderson in Ocean Springs.
While Mississippi celebrates its history, it also looks toward the future. Recently passed
legislation aims to reform the state’s welfare policies and increase accountability standards
of officials campaigning for election. The state allows Mississippians to submit initiatives
through the Secretary of State’s office to bring to light issues residents think should be
addressed publicly. With enough gathered signatures, an initiative may find its way on to
the next statewide General Election ballot.

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

THE facts
Nickname: The Magnolia State Shell: Oyster
Motto: Virtute et Armis (“By Valor and Arms”) Water mammal: Bottle-nosed dolphin
Flower: Magnolia Song: “Go Mississippi”
Bird: Mockingbird Entered the Union: Dec. 10, 1817
Stone: Petrified wood Capital: Jackson
Beverage: Milk Area: 48,434 square miles
Fossil: Prehistoric whale Number of counties: 82
Land mammal: White-tailed deer Rank in nation: 34th in population (data reported
Waterfowl: Wood duck by U.S. News and World Report estimates
Fish: Largemouth or Black bass Mississippi’s 2018 population to be 2.99 million)
Insect: Honeybee
MISSISSIPPI

Phil Bryant Tate Reeves Delbert Hosemann Jim Hood Lynn Fitch
Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer

State officials
Current state officials were elected in November 2015 and took office in 2016. Physical and mailing addresses below may differ;
call for more information.

Governor Attorney General Commissioner Northern District


Phil Bryant Jim Hood of Agriculture Transportation
Office of Governor MS Attorney General’s Office Andy Gipson Commissioner
P.O. Box 139 550 High St. Suite 1200 501 N. Jefferson St. Mike Tagert
Jackson, MS 39205 Jackson, MS 39205 Jackson, MS 39201 Mississippi Transportation
(601) 359-3150 (601) 359-3680 (601) 359-1100 Commission
401 N. West St.
Lieutenant Governor Treasurer Commissioner Jackson, MS 39201
Tate Reeves Lynn Fitch of Insurance (601) 359-7000
Office of the Lt. Governor P.O. Box 138 Mike Chaney (662) 680-3323 (Tupelo office)
P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39205 501 N. West St.
Jackson, MS 39215 (601) 359-3600 Jackson, MS 39201 Northern District
(601) 359-3200 ms.treasurydept@ (601) 359-3569 Public Service
ltgov@senate.ms.gov treasury.ms.gov commissioner@mid.state.ms.us Commissioner
Brandon Presley
Secretary of State State Auditor Public Service Commission
Delbert Hosemann Stacey Pickering P.O. Box 1174
Office of Sec. of State 501 N. West St. Suite 801 Jackson, MS 39215
401 Mississippi St. Jackson, MS 39201 (601) 961-5450
Jackson, MS 39201 (601) 576-2800 northern.district@
(601) 359-1350 auditor@osa.ms.gov psc.state.ms.us

Stacey Pickering Andy Gipson Mike Chaney Mike Tagert Brandon Presley
State Auditor Commissioner of Agriculture Commissioner of Insurance Commissioner of Transportation Commissioner of Public Service
Northern District Northern District

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MISSISSIPPI

Roger Wicker Cindy Hyde-Smith Trent Kelly Bennie Thompson Gregg Harper
U.S. Senator U.S. Senator U.S. Representative-District 1 U.S. Representative-District 2 U.S. Representative-District 3

U.S. Senators U.S. Representatives District 3 State Representatives


Roger Wicker District 1 Gregg Harper Current members of
United States Senate Trent Kelly U.S. House of Representatives Mississippi’s House of
555 Dirksen U.S. House of Representatives 2227 Rayburn House Representative were elected in
Senate Office Building 1721 Longworth House Office Building 2015 and will serve through
Washington, D.C. 20510 Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 2019. The following are
(202) 224-6253 Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5031 those members representing
Wicker also has offices in (202) 225-4306 Starkville office: Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee
Tupelo, Jackson, Hernando Lowndes County office: 600 Russell St. Suite 160 and/or Oktibbeha counties.
and Gulfport. 318 N. Seventh St. Suite D Starkville, MS 39759 To contact a representative
Visit www.wicker.senate.gov Columbus, MS 39701 (662) 324-0007 during a session, telephone the
for more information. (662) 327-0748 Visit www.harper.house.gov for Capitol switchboard at (601)
Visit www.trentkelly.house.gov more information. 359-3770.
Cindy Hyde-Smith for more information.
United States Senate Mississippi will vote to fill District 36
113 Dirksen District 2 Harper’s seat in the state’s (Clay, Monroe)
Senate Office Building Bennie Thompson Nov. 6, 2018 election. Karl Gibbs
Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. House of Representatives 5543 George Walker Road
(202) 224-5054 2466 Rayburn House District 4 West Point, MS 39773
Hyde-Smith also has offices in Office Building Steven Palazzo (662) 494-3669 (home)
Jackson, Oxford and Gulfport. Washington, D.C. 20515 U.S. House of Representatives kgibbs@house.ms.gov
Visit www.hydesmith.senate. (202) 225-5876 2349 Rayburn House
gov for more information. Visit www.benniethompson. Office Building District 37
house.gov for more Washington, D.C. 20515 (Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha)
Mississippi will vote to fill both information. (202) 225-5772 Gary Chism
U.S. senate seats in the state’s Visit www.palazzo.house.gov P.O. Box 2343
Nov. 6, 2018 election. for more information. Columbus, MS 39704
(662) 327-0777 (work)
(662) 328-7769 (home)
gchism@house.ms.gov

Steven Palazzo Karl Gibbs Gary Chism


U.S. Representative-District 4 State Representative-District 36 State Representative-District 37

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MISSISSIPPI

Cheikh A. Taylor Jeff Smith Kabir Karriem Carl Mickens Rob Roberson
State Representative-District 38 State Representative-District 39 State Representative-District 41 State Representative-District 42 State Representative-District 43

District 38 District 42 a session, call the Capitol District 17


(Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha) (Lowndes, Noxubee, Winston) switchboard at (601) 359- (Lowndes, Monroe)
Cheikh A. Taylor Carl Mickens 3770 Charles “Chuck” Younger
383 Steele Road P.O. Box 427 1213 Younger Road
Starkville, MS 39759 Brooksville, MS 39739 District 15 Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 617-8125 (work) (662) 425-1804 (work) (Choctaw, Montgomery, (601) 359-3246 (office)
ctaylor@house.ms.gov (662) 726-9506 (home) Oktibbeha, Webster) (662) 329-3430 (home)
cmickens@house.ms.gov Gary Jackson cyounger@senate.ms.gov
District 39 P.O. Box 40
(Lowndes, Monroe) District 43 French Camp, MS 39745 District 32
Jeff Smith (Oktibbeha, Winston) (601) 359-3244 (office) (Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee,
P.O. Box 681 Rob Roberson (662) 547-6684 (home) Winston)
Columbus, MS 39703 212 E. Main St. gjackson@senate.ms.gov Sampson Jackson II
(662) 328-2711 (work) Starkville, MS 39759 749 Matthew Jackson Road
(662) 327-0407 (home) (662) 324-3810 (work) District 16 Preston, MS 39354
jsmith@house.ms.gov (662) 418-2914 (home) (Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, (601) 359-2886 (office)
rroberson@house.ms.gov Oktibbeha) (601) 677-2305 (home)
District 41 Angela Turner Ford sjackson@senate.ms.gov
(Lowndes) P.O. Box 1500
Kabir Karriem State Senators West Point, MS 39773
1326 15th St. N. Current Mississippi state (601) 359-3237 (office)
Columbus, MS 39701 senators were elected in (662) 494-6611 (work)
(662) 328-3063 (work) 2015 and will serve through aturner@senate.ms.gov.
(662) 400-0873 (home) 2019. The following are
kkarriem@house.ms.gov those senators representing
Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee,
and/or Oktibbeha counties.
To contact a senator during

Gary Jackson Angela Turner Ford Charles “Chuck” Younger Sampson Jackson II
State Senator-District 15 State Senator-District 16 State Senator-District 17 State Senator-District 32

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General Information

Anti-litter laws state, county and city taxes for the automobile must be paid
Dumping trash or litter on the highways or right-of-ways to the county tax collector.
is a misdemeanor offense subject to a fine. A person moving to Mississippi from another state must
register his or her vehicle in Mississippi within 30 days of de-
Mississippi seat belt law claring residency. If a vehicle owner fails to register within 30
As of July 1, 2017, all car front and rear-seat passengers days, he or she will be charged a standard late fee and may be
will be required to wear a seat belt. Violation of the safety law subject to fines if found in violation of the law. For informa-
is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $25 fine. tion, contact your county courthouse.

Boat registration Driver’s licenses


Boats must be registered with the Mississippi Depart- Qualified drivers may obtain a Mississippi driver’s
ment of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks office in Jackson. Forms license for a four-year period by visiting their local DMV,
may be obtained at any county tax collector’s office, at most presenting at least two forms of identification, paying the ap-
sporting goods stores, from MDWFP’s Jackson office or from propriate fee and passing the written and driving skills tests,
the department’s website at www.mdwfp.com/license/boating. if applicable. New Mississippi residents who present valid
Trailer tags can be purchased at the county tax collector’s out-of-state licenses may have the written or driving skills
office at the courthouse. tests waived.
Applicants for a driver’s license must be at least 16 years
Car tags of age. 16-year-old applicants must have six months’ expe-
Automobile license plates must be purchased at the rience under an intermediate license; this requirement does
county tax collector’s office within seven days of vehicle pur- not apply to new residents who have held driver’s licenses in
chase and must be renewed annually. At the time the license another state for at least six months.
plate is purchased at the courthouse, a registration fee and Mississippi residents of at least 15 years of age may
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MISSISSIPPI
apply for a temporary learner’s permit. A learner’s permit ance inside their vehicles at all times. Anyone operating a
allows the driver to operate a vehicle with the supervision of vehicle without proof of insurance will be subject to an initial
a licensed driver 21 years or older. An intermediate license penalty of a $500 fine and temporary suspension of his or her
may be issued to those who have held a learner’s permit for license.
at least 12 months without any traffic violations. To receive Every vehicle accident in which a person is killed or in-
an intermediate license one must pass a driving skills test jured or in which property damage is in excess of $250 must
administered by a driver’s license office. If an intermediate be reported to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety
license is granted, the driver is only allowed to operate a within 10 days. Failure to file a report is a misdemeanor
vehicle unsupervised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday offense subject to suspension of a driver’s license.
through Thursday and between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday. Applicants less than 18 years of age must show Motor Vehicle Inspection Law
proof of enrollment in school. Following a 2015 legislative repeal, drivers are no longer
For more information about driving laws, license fees required to have inspection stickers on vehicles.
and DMV locations visit www.dps.state.ms.us/driver-services/.
Better Business Bureau
Hunting and fishing licenses The Better Business Bureau is in place to protect against
Resident hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased irresponsible business and scams of all types. It also lends a
from most local sporting goods dealers and bait shops, as well helping hand to those reputable businesses in need.
as online at www.mdwfp.com. Standard licenses are valid for BBB implemented a program in January 1987 called
one year. Persons exempt from purchasing licenses are resi- “Customer Care,” which allows businesses to advertise they
dents under age 16 or older than age 65. All others, including are members of the bureau. Under the program, members are
military personnel, must purchase a license before hunting allowed to use an arbitration logo in newspapers, periodicals,
or fishing. All license types and prices may be found on the direct mail, flyers, handouts, billboards, posters, radio/TV,
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website under the letterheads, business cards and invoices. The logo cannot be
“purchase license and permits” tab. License fees are in addi- used in yellow page ads in telephone books, annual directo-
tion to agent and processing fees. ries and handbooks/manuals.
For more information about the Better Business Bureau
Marriage licenses in Mississippi and its services, call (601) 398-1700.
Marriage licenses are issued by a county’s circuit clerk,
and both parties must appear before the circuit clerk to final- Mississippi Voter ID law
ize the marriage application. Mississippi welcomes same-sex All Mississippians voting in person at the polls or by
marriages. Males at least 17 years old and females at least 15 absentee ballot in the circuit clerk’s office are required to
years old are capable of applying for marriage, but applicants present a photo ID before casting a ballot. Acceptable photo
under 21 must provide proof of consent from a parent or IDs include a driver’s license, state issued photo ID card, U.S.
legal guardian. Marriage applications must include the names, passport, firearms license, student photo ID issued by an ac-
ages and addresses of both parties. The cost of a marriage li- credited Mississippi university or college, U.S. military ID or
cense and necessary certificates is $22. For more information, a Mississippi voter identification card. For more information
including whether your county accepts card payments, call about voter IDs or how to register to vote visit msvoterid.
your local circuit clerk’s office. ms.gov. Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail do
not have to show a photo ID.
Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law
Mississippi law requires all drivers have proof of insur-

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Columbus/Lowndes County

Welcome to

The area known as Lowndes County, trading post, Columbus earned another nickname,
named after U.S. congressman William Jones Lown- “Possum Town” — not because of an abundance of
des, had begun to develop well before the county seat possums, but because to the area’s Native Americans,
of Columbus was chartered in 1821. In addition to the proprietor of the trading post resembled a pos-
encompassing the city of Columbus, Lowndes Coun- sum.
ty is home to the former railroad towns of Artesia, In 1820, Gen. Andrew Jackson brought his
Mayhew and Crawford and towns on the east side of Military Road through the area on the way to New
the county, including Caledonia and Steens. In recent Orleans. The first steamboat to navigate the river
years, Lowndes County has seen major industrial docked here in 1821, the same year that Columbus
development under the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber was incorporated.
of Commerce and the Golden Triangle Development Mississippi’s first public school, Franklin Acad-
LINK, both headquartered in Columbus. The Cham- emy, was founded in 1821 in Columbus. Franklin
ber has worked to bring businesses to highways 45 Academy still operates as an elementary school for
and 182, while the LINK has developed industrial kindergarten through fifth grade on the original site.
sites near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The The nation’s first “Decoration Day,” or Me-
LINK, which has brought major plants such as PAC- morial Day, was observed in 1866 when a group of
CAR, Steel Dynamics and Yokohama Tire Corpora- Columbus women decorated the graves of both the
tion to the region, has seen national media attention Confederate and Union soldiers at Friendship Cem-
and was featured in 2016 on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in etery. The women’s actions inspired national news
an episode exploring the manufacturing successes of recognition and the poem, “The Blue and the Gray.”
the area. Writers for The Atlantic, James and Deb America’s first state-supported college for women
Fallows, wrote about the optimism local officials and was founded in Columbus in 1884. Mississippi Uni-
industry leaders maintain in their 2018 book “Our versity for Women today continues its tradition of
Towns,” which explores small-town cultural scenes quality education for men and women.
across the United States. Many Columbus residents take pride in MUW
Chartered in 1821, Columbus serves as the as well as Columbus Air Force Base, an Air Force pilot
seat of Lowndes County. Despite changes over nearly training facility in operation since World War II. The
two centuries, residents of the “Friendly City” retain influx of military personnel brings innovative ideas
the hospitality for which they are justly known, wel- to the community, and many military retirees choose
coming the new, while preserving and paying homage this area as their permanent home.
to a storied past. Columbus is also proud of its historic Main
European explorer Hernando de Soto first Street district. The National Trust for Historic Pres-
entered Mississippi when he crossed the Tombigbee ervation named Main Street Columbus a winner of
River near Lowndes County in 1540. The first actual the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards, one of
trading post along this area of the Tombigbee was four winners nationally.
established not far from Columbus in 1790. From the

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THE facts
County: Lowndes more than 130 volunteer firefighters serve the coun-
County seat: Columbus ty; Police officers – 22 patrol officers in the county,
Population: According to the U.S. Census Bu- 67 patrol officers in the city
reau’s 2010 census, the population is 23,640 in the Climate: January daily average temperatures:
city and 59,779 in the county. The U.S. census is high of 54 degrees, low of 33 degrees; July daily
conducted every 10 years. In 2017, the U.S. Census average temperatures: high of 93 degrees, low of 70
Bureau estimated Columbus’ population was 24,041 degrees
and the county’s population was 59,186. Major highways: U.S. 45 and 82; state high-
Government: City – mayor and six-member ways 12, 50, 69, 182 and 373.
city council; County – elected five-member board of Industry: Principal manufactured products
supervisors. include electric motors, chemicals, plastics, paper,
Altitude: 211 feet above sea level rubber, clay and brick products, steel products, un-
Area: 21 square miles (city); 517 square miles manned aircraft, helicopters, truck engines, furniture
(county) and other wood products.
Assessed valuation: County – $602 million, Trade area: Retail trade area has a radius of 50
City – $195 million miles and a population of 250,000.
Public safety: Firefighters – 74 in the city,
Columbus/Lowndes County

Robert Smith Gene Taylor Joseph Mickens Charlie Box Fredrick Jackson Stephen Jones
Mayor Councilman, Ward 1 Councilman, Ward 2 Councilman, Ward 3 Councilman, Ward 4 Councilman, Ward 5

City officials
A mayor and city council govern Columbus. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote, based on the votes cast by city
residents in the primary and general elections. The six councilmen are also elected every four years based on votes in predetermined
sections, or wards, of the city. The current mayor and council were elected June 6, 2017. City Council meetings are held the first
and third Tuesdays of the month at 5 p.m. in the City Municipal Complex at 1501 Main St. Meetings are open to the public.

Mayor Ward 5 Fire Chief Public Defender


Robert Smith Stephen Jones Martin Andrews Amanda Meadows
(662) 328-7021 (office) (662) 574-2029 (cell) (662) 329-5128
(662) 364-0433 (cell) ward5@columbusms.org ext. 4100 (office) City/County Tax
rsmith@columbusms.org mandrews@columbusms.org Assessor and Collector
Ward 6 Greg Andrews
City Council Bill Gavin Columbus Municipal (662) 329-5700
Ward 1 (662) 574-0295 School District
Gene Taylor bgavin@cableone.net Superintendent
(662) 251-3841 Cherie Labat
gtaylor@columbusms.org Chief Operations (662) 241-7400 (office)
Officer labatc@columbuscityschools.
Ward 2 David Armstrong org
Joseph Mickens, Sr. (662) 329-5119 (office)
(662) 251-0724 (662) 251-5119 (cell) City Attorney
jmickens@columbusms.org darmstrong@columbusms.org Jeff Turnage
(662) 328-2316 (office)
Ward 3 Chief Financial Officer (662) 364-0846 (cell)
Charlie Box Milton Rawle jturnage@mitchellmcnutt.com
(662) 889-2165 (662) 329-5120 (office)
charlie.box@columbusms.org milton.rawle@columbusms.org City Judges
Gary Goodwin and
Ward 4 Chief of Police Rhonda Hayes-Ellis
Fredrick Jackson Fred Shelton
(662) 418-7329 (662) 364-1829 (cell) City Prosecutor
ward4@columbusms.org fshelton@columbusms.org Dennis Harmon

Columbus Action Center


CAC offers an outlet for people to notify
city officials about any municipal issues
that need attention. The office is located
on the first floor of City Hall and can be
reached at (662) 329-5147. Visit their on-
line portal at www.thecityofcolumbusms.
org/residents/service-request to file a report
or submit a request.

Bill Gavin Fred Shelton Martin Andrews Cherie Labat City Hall and the Columbus Municipal
Councilman, Ward 6 Chief of Police Fire Chief Superintendent of Education Complex are open 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
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Columbus/Lowndes County

Harry Sanders Bill Brigham John Holliman Jeff Smith Leroy Brooks Mike Arledge
Supervisor, District 1 Supervisor, District 2 Supervisor, District 3 Supervisor, District 4 Supervisor, District 5 Sheriff

County officials
The responsibility for administering the duties of county government falls to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.
The county is divided into five districts, and 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 2015; the current board will serve through December 2019. The Board of
Supervisors meets regularly two to three times a month. It meets the first Monday of every month and again around the 15th of
the month and/or the last week of each month. Meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the supervisors’ boardroom in the Lowndes County
Courthouse and are open to the public.

Board of Supervisors Sheriff Justice Court Judges County Road Manager


District 1, (board president) Mike Arledge The justice court office is located at Ronnie Burns
Harry Sanders Lowndes County Sheriffs 309 South MLK Jr. Dr. (662) 434-8219 (office)
(662) 242-0550 Dept. (662) 328-6788 Chris Hemphill, Ron (662) 251-8105 (cell)
sanders4282@bellsouth.net Cooke and Peggy Phillips
Superintendent County Administrator
District 2 of Education Justice Court Clerk Ralph Billingsley
Bill Brigham Lynn Wright Linder Erby (662) 251-0496
(662) 386-7250 (662) 244-5000 (662) 329-5929 lcrbillingsley@bellsouth.net
brigham@cableone.net
Constables Chancery Court Clerk Coroner
District 3, (board vice-president) Willie “Hoot” West Lisa Younger Neese Greg Merchant
John Holliman (662) 356-4001 (662) 329-5800 (662) 386-0704
(662) 574-5090
jeholliman@bellsouth.net Joe Ables Circuit Court Judges Fire Services
(662) 328-4373 Lee Howard, James Coordinator
District 4 Kitchens, Jr. and Lee Neal Austin
Jeff Smith Willie “Sonny” Sanders Coleman (662) 329-5152
(662) 386-6923 (662) 251-4545
lcjsmith@bellsouth.net Circuit Court Clerk
County Prosecutor The circuit clerk’s office is located
District 5 Allison Kizer at 505 Second Ave. N. in
Leroy Brooks (662) 386-6924 downtown Columbus.
(662) 251-8125 Teresa Barksdale
lclbrooks@bellsouth.net (662) 329-5900

Maps of the city and county are available to newcomers at the Golden Triangle Development
LINK located at 1102 Main St. Call (662) 245-5055 for details.

All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.

Lynn Wright
Superintendent of Education

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About Caledonia
The town of Caledonia was officially chartered in De- Caledonia is home to Caledonia Elementary School
cember 1904 under Governor James Vardaman. Just north- and Caledonia High School, a 4A school. Located just down
east of Columbus, Caledonia has seen three expansions under the street from the high school is Ola J. Pickett Park where
county Judges in 1971, 1973 and in the 1980s. The commu- Caledonia’s youth sports leagues play and where the two-day
nity now has a population of around 1,200 people. festival “Caledonia Days” is held each October.

Town Government
A mayor and six-member board of aldermen govern Caledonia. Aldermen represent all of Caledonia and are not elected to represent
specific districts. Current town officials were elected in July 2017.

Mayor Matthew Furnari Town Marshal


Mitch Wiggins (662) 574-2591 Ben Kilgore
(662) 549-2132 mattjacque@yahoo.com (662) 574-4086
wiggins3573@gmail.com
Tammy McCool Board Attorney
Board of Aldermen/women (662) 574-3744 Chris Hemphill
Olen Brock mtb_mccool@bellsouth.net (662) 327-4211 ext. 3
(662) 364-8654
otbrock@yahoo.com John Parham
(662) 386-3113
Bill Darnell
(662) 402-7900
badarnell53@gmail.com

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General Information
Permits, licenses To contact the branch, call (662) 245-0247.
Building and business permits – City building and The third Columbus location is a full-service post office
business permits may be obtained at the Building Inspection at 3202 Bluecutt Road. Retail hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30
Department located at 1621 Main St. Call (662) 245-5055 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on
for more information. Saturday. The final collection time is 5 p.m. Monday through
For county permits, visit the County Administrative Saturday. This location also offers passport services Monday
Building at 1121 Main St. in Columbus. Call the office at through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. To contact the
(662) 329-5700 for more information, or contact Larry branch, call (662) 245-0247.
Collums with the county Building Inspection Department at County post offices are located in Steens, Artesia and
(662) 329-5860. Caledonia. The Steens branch is located at 346 Steens Ver-
non Road and may be contacted by calling (662) 328-0909.
Postal service The Artesia branch is located at 11 S. Front St. and may be
Residents can deposit their mail at a number of locations contacted at (662) 272-5211. The Caledonia branch is locat-
throughout the city and county. ed at 650 Main St. and may be contacted at (662) 356-6497.
Columbus has three post office locations. The downtown
location at 524 Main St. is a full-service post office open Refuse collection
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This post office City – A monthly charge of $17 is included on residen-
has several window-service collection boxes on Sixth Street tial customers’ electric bills. Trash and garbage are collected
South. The final collection time is 4 p.m. Monday through twice weekly. The city’s Public Works Department will
Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. To contact the branch, call collect trash south of Fifth Avenue North on Mondays and
(662) 329-1091. Thursdays, and residents north of Fifth Avenue North will
The second location at 235 Alabama St. in Columbus have their trash collected Tuesdays and Fridays. Call the pub-
offers general delivery, money order, and PO Box services. lic works director, Casey Bush, at (662) 329-5116 for more
Retail hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. information.
The final collection time is 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. County – Those residents living in the county have their

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garbage picked up once a week on a prescheduled basis for Tax Office, 1121 Main St. in Columbus. Exemptions must be
each area. The charge is $12 per month. filed before April 1.
For information on the schedule for your area, contact A person filing for homestead exemption for the first
Golden Triangle Waste Services, 1311 Industrial Park Road time should present the warranty deed for the property, their
in Columbus. Call (662) 327-6660. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Lowndes County automobile tag number(s), at least one
weekdays. form of identification, social security number(s), the purchase
price and down payment amount of the home, and the house
Taxes deed. For anyone filing because of a disability, they must
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valor- present the original award letter stating they are 100 percent
em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of disabled and the date he/she became disabled.
each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to For more information, contact the Lowndes County Tax
Sept. 15 of each year. Assessor at 1121 Main St. Call (662) 329-5700. Office hours
Where to pay taxes – Municipal and county taxes are are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
to be paid at the Lowndes County tax assessor’s office is at
1121 Main St. Call (662) 329-5700 for information. Voter registration
State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart- In order to vote in Mississippi a person must reside in
ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office the state and be 18 years old on or before Election Day. A
covering Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties is located at person must be registered with the county or city clerk at
1935 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo. Call (662) 842-4316 for least 30 days prior in order to vote in local, state and national
the Tupelo branch or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more informa- elections.
tion on state tax information. Some payments may be made For more information, contact Lowndes County Circuit
online. Clerk Teresa Barksdale at (662) 329-5900. The circuit clerk’s
Homestead exemption – Persons moving into Lowndes office is located in the Lowndes County Courthouse at 505
County must have their house purchased by Dec. 31 and Second Ave. N. in downtown Columbus. City residents may
deed recorded with the chancery clerk by Jan. 7 to file for register at City Hall, 523 Main St., Monday through Friday
homestead exemption that same year. The applicant must from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register by mail, residents may pick
have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year for which up a voter registration form at City Hall or the public library
he or she is filing. Homestead exemptions may be filed at the or download a form from the Secretary of State’s website.
tax collector’s office on the first floor of the Lowndes County Forms can be mailed to Office of Registrar, P.O. Box 1408
Columbus, MS 39703.

Utilities
Electricity for important information needed to complete the applica-
City – To establish service within the city, newcomers, tion.
whether renting or owning, need to bring two forms of identi- A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are
fication, including one with a recent photo, to the Columbus required for residential connection. An additional deposit,
Light and Water Department, 420 Fourth Ave. S. Those based on a credit check, may be required. Same day service
renting an apartment or house will need to present a lease may be available if all applicable fees and documentation are
agreement. Homeowners must present their house deed. received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m.
A deposit is required to set up any service with CL&W. For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power
For renters, a $300 deposit is required for combined elec- Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon-
tric and water services. For homeowners, a $200 deposit is day through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-County’s Columbus
required for combined electric and water service. Whether office is located at 5265 S. Frontage Road.
renting or owning, a $200 deposit is required to establish
Gas
electricity service only.
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the
For more information, contact Columbus Light and Golden Triangle.
Water at (662) 328-7192. Hours are Monday through Friday For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888)
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosener-
County – Those moving to Lowndes County will have gy.com.
to apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power As- Caledonia Natural Gas serves the entire northeastern
sociation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county. quadrant of Lowndes County, including the town of Caledo-
org/residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service nia. For more information, contact Caledonia Natural Gas at
may be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. (662) 356-4250 or visit 639 Main St. in Caledonia.
Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned,
and emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your Water
completed application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544 City – To establish service within the city, newcomers,
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whether renting or owning, need to bring two forms of identi- are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8
fication, including one with a recent photo, to the Columbus a.m. to noon.
Light and Water Department, 420 Fourth Ave. S. Those South Lowndes – County residents using South Lown-
renting an apartment or house will need to present a lease des Water Association will pay a $35 deposit to establish
agreement. Homeowners must present their house deed. service if they own the home and $100 if they are renting.
A deposit is required to set up any service with CL&W. A $400 deposit is required to establish service if a new
For renters, a $300 deposit is required for combined elec- water meter must be installed.
tric and water services. For homeowners, a $200 deposit is For more information call (662) 329-3929. The South
required for combined electric and water service. Whether Lowndes Water Association is located at 2109 O’Leary Lane.
renting or owning, a $100 deposit is required to establish Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
water service only. Caledonia Water and Sewage – Caledonia residents
East Lowndes – Rural water users who are hooked up hooked up to Caledonia Water and Sewage will pay a $75
to the East Lowndes Water Association will pay a $50 depos- deposit to establish service if they own the home and a $150
it and a $25 connection fee to establish service. deposit to establish service on a rental property.
A $600 deposit is required to establish service if a new Caledonia Water and Sewage is located at 202 South
water meter must be installed. St. in Caledonia. For more information, call (662) 356-6993.
For more information contact East Lowndes Water Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Association at (662) 327-1651 or visit 1325 Ridge Road in
Columbus. The association’s normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 Home telephone service providers
p.m. Monday through Friday. AT&T – Service may be set up at either of the following
West Lowndes – County residents hooked up to the Columbus locations:
Prairie Land Water Association will pay a $50 deposit if they 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
own the home and a $100 deposit if they are renting. All 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
residents must pay a $25 membership fee to establish service. CableOne – Offers local and long-distance calling.
The cost of a new hookup with meter is $600, including To set up service call (662) 328-1781 or visit 319 College
the deposit. St., Columbus. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday,
The Prairie Land Water Association is located at 150 Ar- Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
tesia Road. For more information call (662) 245-1150. Hours Vonage – To set up service call (800) 608-5590. To sign

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up for Vonage services, customers must have a wired high- MetroPCS – Service may be set up at either of the fol-
speed internet connection. Visit www.vonage.com for more lowing Columbus locations:
information. 1906 Highway 45 Suite A, Columbus; (662) 570-4375
114-B Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 570-1305
Wireless providers
AT&T – Service may be set up at either of the following Internet/Broadband Options
Columbus locations: AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721 locations:
907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009 2005 Hwy 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
C Spire – 1912 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (855) 277- 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
4735 CableOne – 319 College St., Columbus (662) 328-1781
Cricket Wireless – 1805 Highway 45 N., Columbus; C Spire – 1912 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (855) 277-
(662) 798-0650 4735
Verizon Wireless – 1725 Highway 45 N., Suite 2, Exceed Technology – 2605 Cleda Dr., Columbus;
(662) 328-1160 (662) 328-8333

Community Information
Churches Parochial schools – There are three parochial schools in
There are more than 210 churches of all faiths in Co- the county. These are:
lumbus and Lowndes County. A church directory is printed • Annunciation Catholic School, 223 N. Browder St.,
in The Dispatch on Fridays or Sundays. (662) 328-4479
• Columbus Christian Academy, 6405 Military Road,
Education Steens (662) 328-7888
General information – Registration for the fall school • Victory Christian Academy, 100 Victory Loop, (662)
term is held in the summer. Notice of the registration is 327-7744
published prior to the registration period. Kindergarten in Private schools – There are two private schools, one
Columbus is available to all students in both public and elementary and one high school, in the county. These are:
private schools. • Heritage Academy Elementary, 623 Willowbrook
Students entering kindergarten must be five years of age Road
on or before Sept. 1. A birth certificate and a record of immu- • Heritage Academy High School, 625 Magnolia Lane
nization (Form 121) are required for registration. To reach Heritage Academy call (662) 327-5272. For
City schools – In the Columbus Municipal School director of admissions, call (662) 327-1556.
District, there are five elementary schools, one middle school, Colleges – Two higher education facilities are located in
one high school, one vocational school and one alternative Lowndes County. They are:
school. • Mississippi University for Women, 1100 College St.
More information about the city school system can be For more information, call (662) 329-4750 or see www.muw.
obtained by contacting the Columbus Municipal School edu.
District at (662) 241-7453 or by visiting www.columbusci- • East Mississippi Community College, Golden Trian-
tyschools.org. The address for central office and the office of gle Campus. For more information, call (662) 243-1900 or
the superintendent is 2630 McArthur Dr. The current super- see www.eastms.edu. EMCC also offers some classes at the
intendent, new to the district this year, is Cherie Labat. Columbus Air Force Base.
County schools – The Lowndes County School District • Saint Leo University, Columbus Air Force Base Edu-
has three elementary schools, two middle schools and three cation Center, 81 Fifth St., Suite 11, Columbus AFB; (662)
high schools. 729-8319
For more information about the county school district Other colleges and universities in the area include:
contact Lowndes County Superintendent of Education Lynn • Mississippi State University in Starkville, which is 22
Wright at (662) 244-5000. The superintendent’s office is miles west of Columbus.
located at 1053 Highway 45 S. in Columbus. Visit www. • University of Mississippi in Oxford, 105 miles north of
lowndes.k12.ms.us for more information. Columbus.
Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science – • East Mississippi Community College, Scooba Campus,
Located on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, 52 miles south of Columbus.
MSMS is a residential, public high school for juniors and • Northeast Mississippi Community College at Boon-
seniors. The public magnet school has a selective admission eville, 100 miles north of Columbus.
process, and potential students apply during their sophomore • University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 60 miles east of
years of high school. Call (800) 400-4656 or visit www. Columbus.
themsms.org for more information.
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Libraries The Columbus Packet: 425 Medical facilities
The main branch of the Colum- College St., Columbus; Printed weekly • Allegro Family Clinic has four
bus-Lowndes Public Library system, on Thursday. Call (662) 329-1741 or locations in Lowndes County:
containing more than 100,000 volumes, visit columbuspacket.com for more 3654-B New Hope Road, (662)
is located at 314 Seventh St. N. in information. 329-1488
Columbus. It is the main office for the Television stations serving the 56 Dutch Lane, (662) 329-3808
county’s library system and is housed area include WCBI of Columbus, Chan- 4508 Highway 45 N., (662) 328-
in a 28,000-square-foot building. There nel 4 (CBS affiliate); WTVA of Tupelo, 9702
are branch libraries in Artesia, Caledo- Channel 9 (NBC affiliate); WLOV of 3600 Bluecutt Road, (662) 570-
nia and Crawford. Tupelo, Channel 27 (FOX affiliate) and 4770
Some of the library’s services WKDH of Tupelo, Channel 45 (ABC • Baptist Memorial Hospital–
include a meeting room for the public affiliate). Golden Triangle is located just off High-
that seats 75, a modern reference de- Local radio stations include way 45 North at 2520 Fifth Street N.,
partment, a genealogy and local history WMUW 88.5 FM, WALN 89.3 (662) 244-1000.
department, a story hour for preschool- FM, WMAB 89.9, WCSO 90.5 FM, • Caledonia Community Clinic;
ers, and exhibits and art displays. WMSV 91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7 FM, 171 South St., Caledonia; (662) 855-
Columbus Public Library WMSU 92.1 FM, WTUG 92.9 FM, 0080
– Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon- WSYE 93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM, • Caledonia Medical Care; 9692
day-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday WKOR 94.9 FM, WMFH 95.5 FM, Wolfe Road, Caledonia; (662) 356-
and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call WLZA 96.1 FM, WWMS 97.5 FM, 0324
(662) 329-5300 or visit www.lownde- WTXT 98.1 FM, WZLQ 98.5 FM, • The Clinic at Elm Lake; 3700
slibrary.com for more information. The WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS 99.9 FM, N. Frontage Road, Columbus; (662)
branch clerk is Wil’lani Turner, wturn- WKBB 100.9 FM, WQRR 101.7 FM, 240-9999
er@lowndes.lib.ms.us. WNMQ 103.1 FM, WQJB 104.5 FM, • Columbus VA Outpatient Clinic;
Artesia Public Library – Located WACR 105.3 FM, WMXU 106.1 FM, 824 Alabama St., Columbus; (662)
at 323 Front St., Artesia, MS 39736. WQTP 107.5 FM, WTWG 1050 AM 244-0391
Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The library is closed
1-2 p.m. for lunch. Contact branch
clerk Bernice Wilson at (662) 272-5255
or via email at bwilson@lowndes.lib.
ms.us for more information.
Caledonia Public Library – Lo-
cated at 754 Main St., Caledonia, MS
39740. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The library is closed noon-1 p.m. for
lunch. Contact branch clerk Christy
Burks at (662) 356-6384 or via email
at cburks@lowndes.lib.ms.us for more
information.
Crawford Public Library – Lo-
cated at 320 Main St., Crawford, MS
39743. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday. The library
is closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch. Contact
branch clerk Bernice Wilson at (662)
272-5144 or via email at bwilson@
lowndes.lib.ms.us for more information.

Media
The Commercial Dispatch: 516
Main St., Columbus; Business hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Call (662) 328-2424 for sub-
scription information. Printed Sunday
through Friday Visit www.cdispatch.
com for more information.

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• Convenient Care Medical Clinic; 516 Lincoln Road, Days Inn – 1133 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662)
Columbus; (662) 241-7177 329-4545
• East Columbus Family Practice; 110 Alabama St., Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – 2011 Sixth St.
Columbus; (662) 327-0444 N., Columbus; (662) 241-1990
• Good Samaritan Medical Clinic; 520 College St., Co- Hampton Inn & Suites – 1915 Sixth St. N., Colum-
lumbus; (662) 244-0044 bus; (662) 245-1085
• Lowry Medical Clinic; 362 Park Creek Dr., Columbus; Heritage Inn – 1209 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662)
(662) 244-8864 328-4405
• Urgent Team; 1503 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 200 Sixth St. N.,
328-9623 Columbus; (662) 245-6133
• Weekends Plus Urgent Care, 3189 Highway 45 N., Hyatt Place of Columbus – 101 Hospital Dr. Ext.,
Holly Hills Plaza Suite H, Columbus; (662) 570-4507 Columbus; (662) 370-1800
La Qunita Inn – 1200 Highway 45 N., Columbus;
Nursing homes expected to open in 2018
• Aurora Health and Rehabilitation; 310 Emerald Dr., Motel 6 – 1203 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 327-
Columbus; (662) 327-8021 4450
• Garden Hill Assisted Living; 2082 Yorkville Road. E., Plymouth Bluff – 2200 Old West Point Road, Colum-
Columbus; (662) 329-2772 bus; (662) 241-6214
• Plantation Pointe Retirement Community; 234 Wind- Quality Inn – 1210 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662)
sor Blvd., Columbus; (662) 241-5518 329-2422
• Trinity Place Retirement Community; 230 Airline Red Roof Inn – 510 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662)
Road, Columbus; (662) 327-9404 329-8788
• Vineyard Court Nursing Center; 2002 Fifth St. N., Riverchase Inn – 2015 Military Road, Columbus;
Columbus; (662) 328-1133 (662) 328-6720
• Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab Center; 81 Wind- Wingate by Wyndham – 129 Brickerton St., Colum-
sor Blvd., Columbus; (662) 241-5518 bus; (662) 327-9999

Transportation Bed and breakfasts


Car rentals Burnt Oak Lodge – 1563 Penn Station Road, Craw-
• Enterprise (2 locations): ford; (662) 272-9550
2207 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7610 Jackie O’ House – 1700 Ninth St. S., Columbus; (662)
2080 Airport Rd., Columbus; (662) 327-6095 327-5100
• Hertz, 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 327- Puckett House – 1100 College St., Columbus; (662)
5121 329-7126
• Budget, 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 328- Shadowlawn Bed & Breakfast – 1024 College St.,
7824 Columbus; (662) 327-3600

Airports Cabins, camping


Golden Triangle Regional Airport, 2080 Airport Road, Brown’s RV Park – 2002 Bluecutt Road, Columbus;
Columbus; (662) 327-4422 (662) 328-1976
Country Living RV Park – 447 Robinson Road, Co-
Bus lines, cab and limousine services lumbus; (662) 242-0786
• Leo’s Luxury Limos, Columbus; (662) 329-2940 Dewayne Hayes Campground and Recreation Area
• Take Me Too Travels, Columbus; (662) 328-1911, – 7934 Barton Ferry Road, Columbus; (662) 434-6939
takemetootravels@att.net Hidden Cove RV Park – 315 Sand Road, Columbus;
• ACR Coach Leasing (bus service), Mayhew; (662) (662) 242-0786
244-5773, sales@acrcoach.com Island Road RV Park – 533 Island Road., Columbus;
• SCS Charters (bus service), Columbus; (662) 329- (662) 549-2307
5239 Lake Lowndes State Park – 3319 Lake Lowndes Road,
Columbus; (662) 328-2110
Accommodations Parkwood RV Park – 319 E. Plymouth Road, Colum-
Hotels/motels bus; (662) 386-3047
Best Western Executive Suites – 303 Shoney Dr., Tombigbee River RV Park – Wilkins-Wise Road,
Columbus; (662) 329-2255 Columbus; (662) 328-8655
Columbus Inn & Suites – 506 Highway 45 N., Co-
lumbus; (662) 328-5202
Courtyard by Marriott – 1995 Sixth St. N., Columbus;
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Annual Events
Catfish in the Alley: This festival, held in early spring walk. Contact Columbus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for
each year, celebrates a historically significant African-Amer- more information and this year’s concert schedule.
ican business district in downtown Columbus. The event Artesia Days: Typically held the first weekend in Au-
includes live music and good food, including Mississippi gust, the Artesia Days festival features live music, craft and
farm-raised catfish. Catfish Alley is located at Fourth Street food vendors, and a school supply giveaway in downtown Ar-
South, between College and Main streets. Contact the Co- tesia. For information, call Tresa Sanders at (662) 272-5104.
lumbus Convention and Visitors Bureau (662) 329-1191 for Roast-n-Boast: Mississippi’s barbecue cooking compe-
more information. tition, held at the Columbus Fairgrounds, draws teams from
Annual Pilgrimage: This award-winning spring celebra- around the country. Roast-n-Boast offers music, food vendors
tion of the area’s history and architectural heritage includes and children’s activities and is located just off Highway 69
antebellum home tours, musical and dramatic performances, South. The event takes place each year near the beginning of
period arts and more. In 2019, the city celebrates its 79th October. Visit www.roastnboast.com or contact the Colum-
annual Pilgrimage March 28-April 6. Call the Columbus bus Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) 329-1191 for
Convention and Visitors Bureau, (662) 329-1191, for more more information.
information. Tennessee Williams Tribute: The tribute and tour
Pilgrimage half-marathon and 5K run: During Pil- of Victorian homes, held in early September, honors one of
grimage season, participate in or cheer on runners in a race America’s most prolific playwrights, born in Columbus March
through the downtown and south-side areas of Columbus. 26, 1911. This year’s event, which includes a “Stella” shout-
The half-marathon run takes participants past antebellum ing contest, will take place Sept. 7, 8 and 9, and a Victorian
homes and historic Friendship Cemetery and along the Tom- homes tour will be offered that Sunday. Contact the Colum-
bigbee River. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors bus Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) 329-1191 for
Bureau, (662) 329-1191, for registration info. more information.
Tales From the Crypt: Mississippi School for Mathe- Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium: The Welty
matics and Science students combine history and drama in symposium, sponsored by Mississippi University for Women,
this nationally recognized research project, as they portray honors Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and one of MUW’s
local personalities near their gravesites in Friendship Ceme- most distinguished scholars, Eudora Welty. The symposium
tery. Tales From the Crypt runs on select nights during spring is typically held in late October. For information, visit muw.
Pilgrimage at the site of the first Decoration Day in 1866. edu/welty or contact the university’s director of communica-
Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) tions, Anika Perkins, at (662) 329-7124.
329-1191 for more information. Caledonia Day Celebration: This two-day event held
Hitching Lot Farmers Market: The Columbus farmers in October at Ola J. Pickett park in Caledonia features music,
market is open May through October. Hours are Mondays vendors, games and more. Contact Amanda Boltwood at
4-6 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays 7-10 a.m. In October, (662) 251-2875 for more information.
the market only takes place on Saturdays. The market offers Art ‘n Antiques Show and Sale: This popular antique
locally grown produce, artisanal goods, children’s activities show features pieces from dealers across the South. This
and more. The Hitching Lot market is located near the inter- year’s show will be held the first weekend of November. Call
section of Second Avenue and Second Street North. Contact the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (662)
Columbus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 or email Katherine 329-1191 for more information.
Lucas at columbusmainstreet@gmail.com for more informa- Christmas Open House: Historic downtown Co-
tion. lumbus dresses up for Christmas, as downtown shops and
Market Street Festival: Thousands of visitors flock to businesses present open house celebrations and refreshments.
this award-winning festival held each May in downtown Co- This year’s event will be held Nov. 2, 3 and 4. Contact
lumbus. Market Street features live music on multiple stages Columbus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for more informa-
and more than 200 vendors of fine arts, crafts, food and tion.
more. Contact Columbus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for Veteran’s Day Parade: Honor area veterans and ser-
more information. vicemen and women during the annual parade. Contact the
Eight of May Celebration: This annual presentation Columbus Air Force Base at (662) 434-7069 or the Colum-
by Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students bus Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) 329-1191 for
commemorates the day – May 8, 1865 – federal troops ar- more information.
rived in Columbus to free black slaves remaining in bondage. City Christmas Tree Lighting: Join friends and
The event takes place in Sandfield Cemetery just off Main neighbors for this community event, held each year on the
Street on 25th Street South. Contact MSMS at (800) 400- last Monday of November, in downtown Columbus. Contact
4656 or email Chuck Yarborough at cyarborough@themsms. Columbus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for more informa-
org for more information. tion.
Sounds of Summer: This free concert series is held on Wassail Fest: Downtown shops, restaurants and busi-
summer evenings in June and July at the Columbus River- nesses serve wassail (a hot, spiced, cider-like drink) and hold
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special activities, sales and promotions for this annual event Street at (662) 328-6305.
held the first Friday in December. Contact Columbus Main Crawford Days: This festival, held in July each year,
Street at (662) 328-6305 for more information. features live entertainment, including music, speakers, a step
Christmas Parade: This festive downtown event, show and more. 2018 marks the town’s 12th annual event.
presented by Columbus Main Street, is held each December. Contact (662) 272-5164 for more information.
It features floats, music and more. Contact Columbus Main

Attractions

Racing local stops on this statewide tour.


Located near the intersection of U.S. Highways 82 Friendship Cemetery: Located at the corner of Fourth
and 45, the Magnolia Motor Speedway offers a variety of Street South and 15th Avenue South, this historic cemetery
dirt-track motor races year-round. For a complete list of this was the site of the first Memorial Day observance in 1866.
year’s races and to view race results visit www.magnoliadirt. Call (662) 328-4164 for more information.
com or call the track at (662) 240-3478. Mississippi University for Women: “The W,” as the
school is affectionately known, was the first public college for
Leisure activities women in the United States. Stroll through the campus to
Antebellum homes: The Columbus Historic Founda- see more than 20 buildings listed on the National Register of
tion sponsors daily tours of some of the South’s finest ante- Historic Places.
bellum homes. For maps and schedules, call Visit Columbus African-American Heritage Tour: Columbus boasts
at (800) 327-2682 or visit www.visitcolumbusms.org. many African-American historical sites, including the famous
Blues Markers: Lowndes County is home to several Catfish Alley, a central meeting and business district for the
Mississippi Blues Trail markers, identifying influential area African-American community in the late 19th and early 20th
musicians and historic sites that have contributed to the blues centuries. Go to www.visitcolumbusms.org/things-to-do-and-
culture of the Magnolia State. Go to www.visitcolumbusms. see/history-and-heritage to explore other stops on the tour.
org/things-to-do-and-see/attractions for information about R.E. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center: This former

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school educated African American stu-
dents in a segregated south during the
early years of the civil rights era. The
school, located at 924 20th St. N. in
Columbus, was transformed into a mu-
seum and cultural center in 2011. The
museum is open Tuesdays 1-5 p.m. Call
(662) 328-8722 for more information.
Stephen D. Lee Home and
Museum: Built c. 1847, the building
was home to one of the earliest citizens
of Columbus. It was restored in 1960
and now houses an exhibit containing
Civil War memorabilia and artifacts
from the area. The museum, located
at 316 Seventh St. N. in Columbus, is
open Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by
appointment. Call (662) 327-8888 for
information and tours.
Rosenzweig Arts Center: The
arts center is home to the Columbus
Arts Council, which coordinates and
assists in promoting fine and perform-
ing arts locally. The CAC also grants
funding assistance for various civic and
community projects and offers class-
es and camps for all ages. Visit www.
columbus-arts.org for more information,
or call (662) 328-2787. The arts center
is located at 501 Main St. in Columbus’
historic downtown.
Tennessee Williams Home and
Welcome Center: Birthplace of the
late playwright Tennessee Williams,
located at 300 Main St. Tours are
offered Monday through Saturday 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. The home also features a
gift shop with locally-made goods. Call
(662) 328-0222 for more information.

Recreation
Those who enjoy recreational
sports will have little trouble finding Golden Triangle a hunter’s paradise. information.
something to do in the Golden Triangle Dewayne Hayes Recreation Area
area. From fishing to summer baseball, Fishing and Campground: Located at 7934
the Golden Triangle offers a wide range Fishing in and around Columbus Barton Ferry Road in Columbus. Call
of options to its residents. can be done at any of the following (662) 434-6939 for more information.
While the Tennessee-Tombigbee locations: Lake Lowndes State Park: 150-
Waterway was built for barge traffic, Columbus Lake on Tennes- acre lake located at 3319 Lake Lowndes
it also offers ample opportunities for see-Tombigbee Waterway: Offers Road in Columbus. Call (662) 328-
fishing and water sports. 9,000 acres of fresh water for fishing 2110 for more information.
Several golf courses in the Golden and water sports, located on West Tennessee-Tombigbee Water-
Triangle area offer challenges to both Plymouth Road, call (662) 327-2142 way: 3606 West Plymouth Road in
the occasional hacker and the scratch for more information. Columbus. Call (662) 328-3286.
player. Columbus Lock and Dam East Several local organizations hold
If tennis is your racket, then both Bank: Located on Lock and Dam Road. tournaments throughout the year to
public and private courts are available. The park opens at 6 a.m. and closes at give anglers a chance to profit from
And a variety of habitats make the nightfall. Call (662) 245-0461 for more their favorite pastime. For information

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on local tournaments contact the Columbus Convention and In Columbus, tennis courts are located at Propst Park,
Visitor’s Bureau, (662) 329-1191. Lake Lowndes State Park and Mississippi University for
Women. The Magnolia Tennis Club, a private club located
Boating, water sports at 626 Magnolia Lane, has eight rubico courts and four hard
Both skiing and recreational boating have become popu- courts.
lar activities on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
The waterway offers numerous places to launch boats, Hunting
including the Stennis Lock and Dam and Waverley Landing. No matter what your favorite game, the abundance of
The Columbus Marina offers a spot for boaters to come wildlife in the area offers hunters a variety of challenges.
ashore during their travels along the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Deer season in Mississippi gives hunters a chance to test
The Marina is located at the 335-mile marker on the water- their skill as a still hunter or with dogs. There is also a bow
way or at 295 Marina Dr., Lock and Dam Road in Colum- season and a muzzle-loader season.
bus. For marina information, call (662) 327-8450. There are doe days during the season.
Waterfowl, wild turkey and small game can also be
Golf found throughout the region.
There are several courses in the area, which can be found For information on hunting seasons and licenses, visit
at the following locations: the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Green Oaks Golf Club: 326 Green Oaks Dr. in Colum- website, www.mdwfp.com.
bus, call (662) 328-3879 for more information
Lion Hills Golf Club: 2331 Military Road in Colum- Other recreation
bus, call (662) 328-4837 for more information Other recreation activities available in the Golden
Elm Lake Golf Club: 1609 Taylor Thurston Road in Triangle area include baseball and softball, bowling, horse-
Columbus, call (662) 329-8964 for more information back riding, volleyball, soccer, disc golf and cycling. For more
information about youth organized sports contact Greg Lewis
Tennis with the Columbus Recreation Authority at (662) 251-4016
Public tennis courts are available throughout the Golden or visit the recreation office located next to Propst Park, 2535
Triangle area. Main St.

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Local parks 5.6-mile trail. The park also features a gymnasium, meeting
Propst Park: Columbus’ largest park is Propst Park, rooms, tennis courts, softball fields, disc golf, picnic areas
located at 2535 Main St. The park has a spray pad, skate and a covered picnic pavilion. Call (662) 328-2110 for more
ramps, softball and baseball fields, batting cages, tennis information.
courts, disc golf, community huts and pavilions, a playground Lee Park: Located just off of Seventh Street North,
and picnic tables. the park features a playground, picnic tables, a pavilion with
Columbus Riverwalk: The Riverwalk is a popular at- a BBQ grill and restrooms. Call (662) 327-4935 for more
traction for both local residents and visitors to the area. The information.
Riverwalk features a 4.4-mile walking path that winds from Ola J. Pickett Park: Located at 9500 Wolfe Road in
downtown Columbus through trees along the banks of the Caledonia, the park features baseball and softball fields, skate
Tennessee-Tombigbee River. The path begins near the inter- park, walking track, disc golf, two playgrounds, a pavilion
section of College Street and First Street South and has new with a BBQ grill and restrooms.
additions connecting the Riverwalk to the soccer complex. Sandfield Community Center: Located at 617 Oak
Soccer Complex: The downtown soccer complex fea- St., the area features a community center, a pavilion with
tures 10 soccer fields, football fields and a bark park for small picnic tables and a walking track.
and large dogs. New playground equipment is also being Sim Scott Park: Located near the intersection of 20th
installed. The soccer complex is located downtown, near the Street North and Eighth Avenue, Sim Scott Park features a
intersection of Third Street and Seventh Avenue. splash pad, baseball and softball fields, a picnic area, commu-
Dwayne Hayes Recreation Area: Located north of nity hut, playground and basketball courts.
Columbus on Columbus Lake, Dwayne Hayes offers camping Southside Park: Located near the intersection of
facilities, hiking trails, a splash pad and more. Seventh Street and 11th Avenue South, the park features a
14th Avenue Minipark: Located on 14th Avenue and baseball field, outdoor basketball courts, a playground and a
19th Street North, it has an outdoor basketball court and pavilion.
playground. Townsend Park: Located near the intersection of
Lake Lowndes State Park and Opossum Trail: This Seventh Avenue South and 11th Street, the park features a
park, located at 3319 Lake Lowndes Road in Columbus, baseball field, community center and playground.
has a 150-acre lake, a campground area with cabins, and a

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Starkville/Oktibbeha County

Welcome to

The area of Mississippi now known as Oktib- town population of just 25,000.
beha County was originally part of land belong- In 1875, a fire swept through downtown
ing to the Choctaw Indians. It takes its name from Starkville and destroyed 52 buildings. However,
a creek in the northern part of the county, which determined people in the community rebuilt the area,
formed a portion of the boundary between the Choc- placing the stores further apart than before and wid-
taw and Chickasaw nations. ening Main Street by 20 feet, resulting in the present
Oktibbeha, in the Choctaw language, means width.
“icy water.” It is estimated that in the early 1800s, One of the area’s strongest promoters was Col.
there were between 1,000 and 1,500 Choctaws living W.B. Montgomery. Not only did he revolution-
within the county’s present-day boundaries. In 1830, ize the agricultural base of the area from cotton to
after local Native Americans surrendered their land to dairy farming, he was also instrumental in securing
white settlers through the Treaty of Dancing Rab- Starkville as the location of the new state agricultural
bit Creek, the area’s population grew. Newcomers and mechanical college, Mississippi A&M, in 1878.
were attracted to what is now Starkville by two large The college would eventually develop into Missis-
springs and the favorable lay of the land. Oktibbeha sippi State University and become the backbone of
County was formally organized Dec. 23, 1833. the local economy. Starkville also depends on many
The seat of Oktibbeha County is Starkville, different industries, as businesses in the area are
the Golden Triangle’s university town. Starkville was suppliers of wood products, clothing, electronics and
originally named Boardtown for the city’s sawmill industrial cable.
operations. In 1837, the year it was officially incor- Part of the rapidly growing Golden Triangle
porated, the town was renamed to honor American area, Starkville and Oktibbeha County have enjoyed
Revolution general John Stark. Starkville is home to impressive growth in the past two decades. Much of
Mississippi State University, founded in 1878 as the that growth has been rooted in technology thanks to
Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of an increased research emphasis at MSU. Industry has
Mississippi. Mississippi State, or MSU, now boasts an continued to blossom in the Golden Triangle under
undergraduate enrollment of almost 20,000 students the Golden Triangle Development LINK, a main
— who, from August through May, nearly double the promoter of regional industry.

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THE facts
County: Oktibbeha Assessed valuation (2017): City — $242
County seat: Starkville million; County — $397 million
Population: At the time of the U.S. Census Public Safety: Firefighters – 65, Police officers
Bureau’s 2010 census, the most recent reported, – 60; Sheriff’s deputies – 20
Oktibbeha County had a population of 47,671. The Climate: On average, July is the warmest
2010 census reported a population of 23,888 in the month, and January is the coolest. July:  high daily
city of Starkville. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated average temperature of 92 degrees, low daily aver-
the 2017 population of Oktibbeha County to be age temperature of 71 degrees. January:  high daily
49,799 and a 2017 Starkville population of 25,352. average temperature of 53 degrees, low daily average
Government: City – mayor and seven-member temperature of 31 degrees.
board of aldermen, County – five-member board of Major highways: U.S. Highway 82; state high-
supervisors ways 12, 25, 182 and 383
Altitude: 335 feet above sea level
Starkville/Oktibbeha County

Lynn Spruill Ben Carver Sandra Sistrunk David Little Jason Walker Patrick Miller
Mayor Alderman, Ward 1 Alderwoman, Ward 2 Alderman, Ward 3 Alderman, Ward 4 Alderman, Ward 5

City officials
A mayor and seven-member board of aldermen govern Starkville. The mayor is elected every four years by a majority vote from
city residents. The seven aldermen, who also serve four-year terms, are elected based on votes in predetermined wards of the city.
The present mayor and aldermen were elected in 2017. Their terms officially expire in 2021.The board meets the first and third
Tuesdays of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall boardroom. Meetings are open to the public.

Mayor Ward 5 City Clerk


Lynn Spruill Patrick Miller Lesa Hardin
(662) 323-2525 (662) 418-8978 (662) 323-2525 ext. 3117
l.spruill@cityofstarkville.org p.miller@cityofstarkville.org l.hardin@cityofstarkville.org

Board of aldermen/women Ward 6 City Attorney


Ward 1 Roy A. Perkins Christopher Latimer
Ben Carver (662) 324-7300 (662) 234-4845
(662) 769-7017 royaperkins@hotmail.com
b.carver@cityofstarkville.org City Prosecuting
Ward 7 Attorney
Ward 2 Henry N. Vaughn Sr. Caroline Moore
Sandra Sistrunk (662) 769-5049
(662) 418-4574 (662) 323-2400 City Judge
s.sistrunk@cityofstarkville.org h.vaughn@cityofstarkville.org Rodney Faver

Ward 3 Chief of Police Court Clerk


David Little Frank R. Nichols Shalonda Sykes
(662) 418-9918 (662) 323-4134 (662) 323-2525 ext. 3115
d.little@cityofstarkville.org r.nichols@cityofstarkville.org s.sykes@cityofstarkville.org

Ward 4 Fire Chief


Jason Walker Charles Yarbrough
(662) 617-0130 (662) 323-1845
j.walker@cityofstarkville.org c.yarbrough@cityofstarkville.org

City Hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Monday through Friday and is located at
110 West Main St.

Roy A. Perkins Henry Vaughn, Sr. Frank Nichols Charles Yarbrough


Alderman, Ward 6 Alderman, Ward 7 Chief of Police Fire Chief

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John Montgomery Orlando Trainer Marvell Howard Bricklee Miller Joe Williams Steve Gladney
Supervisor, District 1 Supervisor, District 2 Supervisor, District 3 Supervisor, District 4 Supervisor, District 5 Sheriff

County officials
A five-member Board of Supervisors governs the five districts of Oktibbeha County. Supervisors hold office for four-year terms. The
last election was held in 2015. The current board will serve through December 2019.

Board of Supervisors Sheriff District 2 County Administrator


District 1, (board vice-president) Steve Gladney Larnzy Carpenter Jr. Emily Garrard
John Montgomery (662) 323-2421 (662) 338-1062 (662) 323-1520
(662) 418-1614 sheriff@sheriff.oktibbeha.ms.us egarrard@gtpdd.com
jmontgomery@gtpdd.com District 3
Fire Services Charles “Marty” Haug Circuit Clerk
District 2, (board president) Coordinator (662) 338-1063 Tony M. Rook
Orlando Trainer Kirk Rosenhan (662) 323-1356
(662) 769-0071 Oktibbeha County Constables trook@oktcircuitcourt.org
otrainer@gtpdd.com Courthouse Annex District 1
(662) 435-0565 Shank Phelps Tax Assessor/Collector
District 3 Allen Morgan
Marvell Howard Superintendent District 2 (662) 323-1273
(662) 769-0072 of Education Curtis D. Randle amorgan@gtpdd.com
mhoward@gtpdd.com Dr. Eddie Peasant
(662) 324-4050 District 3
District 4 James Lindsey Coroner
epeasant@starkville.k12.ms.us Michael Hunt
Bricklee Miller
(662) 323-4320
(662) 295-2009 County Board Attorney County Prosecutor
bricklee@gtpdd.com Loyd “Rob” Roberson Haley Brown
(662) 546-0861
Oktibbeha County
(662) 324-3810
District 5 brownhm@gmail.com Extension Office
Joe Williams Justice Court Judges Mississippi State University
(662) 418-2386 Chancery Clerk (662) 323-5916
District 1
jwilliams@gtpdd.com Sharon Livingston 106 Felix Long Dr.
William “Tony” Boykin
(662) 323-5834 Starkville, MS 39759
Jr.
(662) 338-1061 slivingston@gtpdd.com

The Board of Supervisors meets the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m., unless the
first Monday falls on a holiday. In that case the supervisors meet the following Tuesday.
Meetings are held in the boardroom on the second floor of the Oktibbeha County
Courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.

Maps of the city and county are available at the Greater Starkville Development
Partnership, 200 E. Main St. Call (662) 323-3322.

All emergency services in the county can be reached by dialing 911.

Kirk Rosenhan Eddie Peasant


Fire Services Coordinator Superintendent of Education

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General Information

Permits, licenses lection times are 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:45 a.m. on
Building permits, business permits and privilege licenses Saturdays. To contact the branch, call (662) 263-8239. The
may be obtained through the building department or city Sturgis post office, located at 2738 Highway 12 W., is open
clerk’s office at city hall, depending on the license requested. 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final
Visit city hall at 110 W. Main St. or call (662) 323-2525 for collection times are 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Satur-
more information. days. To contact the branch, call (662) 465-7506.

Postal service Refuse collection


There are a number of post office locations in Starkville City – Starkville residents do not pay a deposit for resi-
and Oktibbeha County: dential garbage collection. Though, a monthly fee of $15.25
The Starkville post office at 822 Taylor St. is a full-ser- is added to residents’ utility bills for the regular service. Trash
vice facility open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through is collected twice a week, on either Monday/Thursday or
Friday. Final collection time Monday through Friday is 5:30 Tuesday/Friday, depending on a resident’s location within
p.m., and final collection time on Saturday is 3 p.m. To con- the city limits. For more information, call the Sanitation and
tact the branch, call (662) 323-4752. Environmental Services Department at (662) 323-2652.
There is another full-service post office located on the County – Golden Triangle Solid Waste Services collects
Mississippi State University campus at 414 Lee Blvd. Hours garbage for residents of Oktibbeha County. No deposit is re-
are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final collection quired to establish service. Residents are billed $13 a month
time on weekdays is 4 p.m., and final collection time on Sat- for service through the Golden Triangle Planning and Devel-
urday is 10 a.m. To contact the branch, call (662) 323-5772. opment Unit. For information about pick-up days for your
In Oktibbeha County, full-service post offices exist in area, call (662) 327-6660. To establish service contact the
Maben and Sturgis. The Maben post office, located at 157 Golden Triangle Planning and Development Office at (662)
Water St., is open 7:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Monday 324-7860.
through Friday and 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday. Final col-

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Taxes Oktibbeha County Courthouse, 101 E. Main St.
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valor- A person filing for homestead exemption for the first
em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 time should present the warranty deed for the property, their
each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to Oktibbeha County automobile tag number(s), at least one
Sept. 15 each year and go into effect Oct. 1. form of identification, social security number(s), the purchase
For car tags, tax millage goes into effect Oct. 1. price and down payment amount of the home, and the house
Where to pay taxes – Taxes should be paid at the tax deed. For anyone filing because of a disability, they must
collector’s office in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. For present the original award letter stating they are 100 percent
more information, contact the county tax collector at (662) disabled and the date he/she became disabled.
323-1273. For more information, contact the Oktibbeha County
State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart- tax assessor at (662) 323-1273 or the homestead exemption
ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office office at (662) 323-8131 for more information.
covering Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties is located at
1935 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo. Call (662) 842-4316 for Voter registration
the Tupelo branch or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more informa- In order to vote in Mississippi a person must reside in
tion on state tax information. Some payments may be made the state and be 18 years old on or before Election Day. A
online. person must be registered with the circuit clerk’s office at
Homestead exemption – Persons moving into Oktib- least 30 days prior in order to vote in local, state and national
beha County must have their house purchased by Dec. 31 elections.
and deed recorded with the chancery clerk by Jan. 7 to file For more information, contact Oktibbeha County Cir-
for homestead exemption that same year. The applicant must cuit Clerk Tony Rook at (662) 323-1356. The circuit clerk’s
have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year for which office is located in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex,
he or she is filing. Homestead exemptions may be filed at the 108 W. Main St., in downtown Starkville.

Utilities

Electricity Golden Triangle.


City – To establish service within the city limits, res- For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888)
idents should bring a form of identification and a copy of 286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosener-
their lease agreement or house deed to the Starkville Utilities gy.com.
Department at 200 N. Lafayette St. The deposit to establish
electricity is $150. Visit www.starkvilleutilities.com or call Water
(662) 323-3133 for more information. City – Residents may set up both electric and water ser-
County – Newcomers who live outside the city limits vices at the Starkville Utilities Department, 200 N. Lafayette
must apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power As- St. The deposit to establish electric and water is $185. Visit
sociation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county. www.starkvilleutilities.com or call (662) 323-3133 for more
org/residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service information.
may be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. County – Rural water users will need to establish service
Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned, with one of the county’s water associations. Deposit amounts
and emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your may vary based on an association’s rates. Hooking up a new
completed application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544 meter will cost more than simply connecting service.
for important information needed to complete the applica-
tion. Telephone Service
A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are Home telephone service is provided through AT&T or
required for residential connection. An additional deposit, MaxxSouth Broadband.
based on a credit check, may be required. Same day service AT&T – 902 ½ Highway 12 W., Starkville; (877) 376-
may be available if all applicable fees and documentation are 5911
received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. MaxxSouth Broadband – 911 Highway 12 W.,
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power Starkville; (662) 268-8021
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- Vonage – To set up service call (800) 608-5590. To sign
day through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-County’s Columbus up for Vonage services, customers must have a wired high-
office is located at 5265 S. Frontage Road. speed internet connection. Visit www.vonage.com for more
information.
Gas
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the

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Wireless Providers Cricket Wireless – 823 Highway 12 W., Starkville;
AT&T – 902 ½ Highway 12 W., Starkville; (877) 376- (662) 268-8055
5911
C Spire – 337 Highway 12 W., Starkville; (855) 277- Internet Service Providers
4735 AFO Dial-Up Access – (662) 323-9491
Verizon – 911 Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) 324- Hughes Net – (662) 324-9693
1113 MaxxSouth Broadband – (662) 268-8021
Starkville Rural Satellite – (662) 268-4027

Community Information

Churches Libraries
More than 150 churches exist in Starkville and Oktib- The Starkville Public Library serves as the main
beha County, representing numerous Protestant denomina- branch of the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library
tions, at least one Catholic church and one Mosque. For a System. The library, located at 326 University Dr., is open
complete listing of churches, contact the Greater Starkville Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9
Development Partnership at (662) 323-3322. a.m. to 4 p.m. To contact the Starkville Public Library, call
(662) 323-2766 or email starkvillelibrary@gmail.com.
Education The Maben Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday,
General information – Notice of registration dates Thursday and Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. and noon-4:30 p.m. To
and times for the upcoming school year are published during contact the branch, call (662) 263-5619.
the summer by area schools. Kindergarten is available to all The Sturgis Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday,
students in the city and county at both public and private Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to contact the branch,
institutions. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years call (662) 465-7493.
old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll. A birth certificate and All branch libraries offer a children’s story time. To
record of immunization are required for registration. Contact receive a library card from your local branch, patrons must
the school district or school for more information. present proof of their local address. A parent or guardian
The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District must accompany patrons 6-15 years old. Library cards are
(SOCSD) serves the entire Oktibbeha County area with free for county residents. If you live outside Oktibbeha Coun-
four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, ty, the fee is $10.
and a career and technology center. East School, also part of
SOCSD, provides an alternative school for grades 5-12, an Media
acceleration program and a GED program. Emerson Family The Starkville Dispatch: Call (662) 328-2424 for
School, a fee-based childcare/pre-school program is also part subscription information. Printed six days a week, Sunday
of the district. To contact the district, visit 401 Greensboro through Friday. Business hours are Monday through Friday,
St. or call (662) 324-4050. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Starkville Dispatch office is located at
Private schools – There are two private schools in the 101 S. Lafayette St. Visit www.cdispatch.com for news and
county serving grades K-12: more information.
• Starkville Academy, 505 Adademy Road. For more Starkville Daily News: Call (662) 323-1642 for
information call (662) 323-7814. subscription information. Printed seven days a week. The
• Starkville Christian School, 303 Lynn Lane. For more news office is located at 304 E. Lampkin St. Business hours
information call (662) 323-7453. are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.
Colleges – Mississippi State University, located in starkvilledailynews.com for news and more information.
Starkville, has more than 20,000 undergraduate students. It Radio stations in the area: WJZB 88.7 FM, WMAB
is one of state’s largest universities. The campus has its own 89.9 FM, WCSO 90.5 FM, WMSV 91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7
post office and ZIP code and provides many opportunities for FM, WMSU 92.1 FM, WSYE 93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM,
cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. Call MSU’s WKOR 94.9 FM, WLZA 96.1 FM, WWMS 97.5 FM,
Office of University Relations at (662) 325-3442 for more WZLQ 98.5 FM, WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS 99.9 FM, WKBB
information. 100.9 FM, WNMQ 103.1 FM, WQJB 104.5 FM, WACR
Other colleges in the area include: 105.3 FM, WMXU 106.1 FM, WLSM 107.1 FM, WFCA
• East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle 107.9 FM, WCPC 940 AM, WSSO 1230 AM
Campus, located just 10 miles from Starkville in Mayhew. To Television stations serving the area are WOBV, Chan-
reach the school, call (662) 243-1900 nel 5, an independent station licensed to Starkville; WCBI,
• Mississippi University for Women is located 24 miles Channel 4, a CBS affiliate in Columbus; WTVA, Channel 9,
east of Starkville in Columbus. To reach the school, call an NBC affiliate in Tupelo; and WLOV, Channel 13, a FOX
(662) 329-4750. affiliate in Tupelo.

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Medical facilities 74 Claiborne Adelaide Way, (662) 268-9555
• Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center,
built in 1973, has 96 patient beds, a six-bed intensive care Car rentals
unit and an emergency room staffed 24 hours a day. 400 • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 404 Highway 12 W., (662)
Hospital Road, Starkville; (662) 323-4320 323-3389
• Starkville Pediatric Clinic – 5 Professional Plaza, • Travel Leaders – (662) 323-5007
Starkville; (662) 323-0999 • U-Save Auto Rental – 205 Highway 12 W., (662)
• State Urgent Care – 521 S. Montgomery Suite 1, 461-7368
Starkville; (662) 338-4826
• Urgent Team – 500 Russell St. Suite 3, Starkville; Transportation
(662) 324-2244 • Golden Triangle Regional Airport – 2080 Airport
Road, Columbus; (662) 327-4422
Senior Services/Nursing Homes • SMART Buses – Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit.
• Carrington Nursing Center, 307 Reed Road, (662) For bus routes and arrival times visit transit.msstate.edu or
323-2202 call (662) 325-5204. Visit smart.msstate.edu for a full list of
• Montgomery Gardens, 4348 Old Highway 12 W., bus routes.
(662) 323-4663
• Starkville Manor, 1001 Hospital Road, (662) 323-
6360
• BeeHive Homes of Starkville, 2156 Old West Point
Road, (662) 323-2883
• Boardtown Village – Apartment complex/retirement
community for the elderly or those who are mobility im-
paired; 905 North Montgomery St., (662) 323-3461
• Golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging – 106 Miley
Dr., (662) 324-7860
• The Claiborne at Adelaide – Retirement community,

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Annual Events
International Fiesta: This festival, held the first Satur- Unwine: This event, which takes place around Val-
day of April each year, celebrates the diverse mix of cultures entine’s Day each year, allows locals to shop in downtown
represented in the community. The festival features food, Starkville with discounts and wine taste while they browse.
music and dancing. The event is sponsored by the Holmes Contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at
Cultural Diversity Center at Mississippi State and is open to (662) 323-3322 for more information.
the public. Call (662) 325-2033 for more information. St. Patrick’s Day Sip and Shop: This annual event
Cotton District Arts Festival: This free festival is held in March allows locals to drink and eat at participating
always held the same weekend in April as MSU’s Super stores while they shop and enjoy special in-store promotions.
Bulldog Weekend. The Cotton District Arts Festival, put on Contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at
by the Starkville Area Arts Council, features live music and (662) 323-3322 for more information.
arts and craft vendors. Contact the arts council at (662) 324- Starkville Restaurant Week: Leading up to Starkville
3080 for more information. Restaurant Week, which is put on by the Greater Starkville
Super Bulldog Weekend: Mississippi State University Development Partnership, locals nominate area charities.
hosts this annual spring homecoming. The weekend features During the week, held in April each year, the three charities
a lineup of sporting events, including MSU’s spring football with the most nominations get placed on a ballot. Partner-
scrimmage, an SEC baseball game and more. The scrimmage ship restaurants allow people to choose a charity when they
game is free, but other events may require a ticket. Contact eat, and at the end of the week, funds are donated to the
the MSU ticket office at (662) 325-2600 for information. winning cause. Contact the Greater Starkville Development
Souperbowl: This event is a soup tasting contest put Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
on by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Chefs King Cotton Crawfish Boil: Locals compete in this
from local restaurants prepare the soup for a chance to win crawfish-cooking contest to be the best area crawfish boiler.
a “Best Soup” award. The event takes place in January each The event is held in May each year in Starkville’s Cotton
year in downtown Starkville. Contact the Greater Starkville District. For more information, or to sign up, contact the
Development Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more infor- Greater Starkville Development Partnership at (662) 323-
mation. 3322.
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Downtown at Sundown: This is a free summer weekend-long festival includes trick-or-treating down Main
concert series held at Fire Station Park and sponsored by the Street, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and more. Pump-
Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Concerts take kin Palooza is part of the Greater Starkville Development
place May through August on the third Thursday of each Partnership’s New South Weekends. Contact the Partnership
month. Contact the Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
information. Policeman’s Charity Ball: Each fall the Starkville
Independence Day Celebration: This annual celebra- Police Department hosts this semi-formal event, from which
tion takes place on July 4 each year at the Starkville Sports- proceeds are donated to a local organization. Past organiza-
plex. Festivities include music, food vendors and a fireworks tions have included the Mississippi Special Olympics and the
show. Contact the Starkville Parks and Recreation Depart- T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disabilities. Contact
ment at (662) 323-2294 for more information. SPD at (662) 323-4134 for more information.
Get Swept Up: This is an annual citywide service day, Starkville Christmas Parade: Kick off your holiday fes-
during which residents spend time cleaning up the city. It is tivities by joining the Starkville community on Main Street
held each year on the Wednesday before Mississippi State’s for the city’s annual Christmas Parade. The parade is held the
first home football game in August. Monday after Thanksgiving and features floats, music and
“Little Sturgis” Motorcycle Rally: This family-friendly walking groups. Contact the Greater Starkville Development
event, held the third weekend in August each year, draws mo- Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
torcyclists from across the country for a bike show. The event Holiday Bazaar: This is an event held at The Mill
features games for children and contests. For more informa- in Starkville on the Wednesday and Thursday following
tion, contact Donnie Hanson at (662) 341-0115. Thanksgiving. It includes shopping promotions and arts and
New South Weekends: August through November, craft vendors. Contact the Greater Starkville Development
the Greater Starkville Development Partnership puts on New Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
South Weekends, featuring a variety of events during those Starkfilled Christmas: Area churches organize caroling
four months. Events include Starkville’s Night Market, Un- each year in cooperation with the Greater Starkville Devel-
wine, Pumpkin Palooza, a citywide tailgate and Starkville’s opment Partnership. The event takes place downtown each
Christmas open house. Contact the Partnership at (662) 323- December and is free and open to the public. Contact the
3322 for more information. Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
Bulldog Bash: This free event, held each fall, features Holiday Tour of Homes: This self-guided tour allows
a free outdoor concert at Mississippi State. Bulldog Bash is residents to view beautiful holiday decorations on display
typically held the Friday before an SEC, home football game. throughout the city. Contact the Greater Starkville Develop-
MSU’s Student Association organizes the event. ment Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
Pumpkin Palooza: Held at the end of October, this

Attractions
Around town At Mississippi State
Greensboro Historic District: Starkville’s Greensboro Chapel of Memories: Built in the early 1960s from the
Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic brick of Old Main Dormitory – the first building on Missis-
Places. Anyone is welcome to drive through the district to sippi State’s campus – the chapel was dedicated in 1965. It is
view some of the 30 Victorian homes on display. often the site of weddings and other student gatherings. The
Mississippi Horse Park: This 100-acre facility, at chapel’s tower features 183 bells, which can be heard across
869 E. Poorhouse Road in Oktibbeha County, hosts regu- campus.
lar events, including rodeos, motocross, barrel racing and Lee Hall: Named for Stephen D. Lee, the first president
livestock shows. Call the park at (662) 325-9350 for more of MSU, Lee Hall was built in 1909 as an academic and
information or to inquire about upcoming events. administration building and chapel. It has been designated as
Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum: The mu- a Mississippi Landmark.
seum highlights local artifacts and people that find their Mitchell Memorial Library: The library recently un-
stories intertwined with that of Oktibbeha County’s. It has derwent a multi-million dollar renovation, which established
both permanent and rotating exhibits. Hours are Tuesdays, a Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Gallery and a Frank
Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. and Virginia Williams civil war collection. The library houses
Call (662) 323-0211 to schedule an appointment or for more volumes, including manuscripts, maps and four special collec-
information. tions.
Starkville Community Theater: The community the- Templeton Music Museum: The museum, located
ater hosts productions year-round. Call (662) 323-6855 or on the fourth floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library, tells
visit www.sct-online.org for more information. a story about the business of music. Starkville businessman

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Charles H. Templeton Sr. donated the collection to MSU in seven soccer fields, and three concession stands. The sports-
1987. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 plex is located at 405 Lynn Lane.
p.m. To schedule a tour call (662) 325-6634. George Evans Parks: The park offers basketball courts
MAFES Sales Store: The store sells many products, and playground equipment and is located at 610 E. Gillespie
including cheese, ice cream, jams/jellies and meat that are St.
produced on the MSU campus by students, faculty and staff. J. L. King Senior Memorial Park: The park offers two
Visit msucheese.com for more information. multi-purpose fields, two basketball courts, two tennis courts
MSU Art Gallery: The MSU Art Gallery, located in and a splash pad. It is located at 400 N. Long St.
McComas Hall, features monthly exhibits by students, facul- Josey Park: This community park, located on Josey
ty and guest artists. Call (662) 325-2970 for more informa- Avenue, offers playground equipment, a concrete court and
tion. Starkville’s Community Garden.
McKee Park: The park, located on Lynn Lane, has six
In the area youth baseball fields, four tennis courts, playground equip-
Pearl River Resort: This resort features nightly live ment, a musical trail and one basketball court.
entertainment, fine restaurants, more than 500 hotel rooms Moncrief Park: This Starkville park, located on North
and more at two casinos: The Silver Star Hotel and Casino Jackson Street, offers playground equipment, an inline hock-
and The Golden Moon Hotel and Casino. Located on High- ey court, a pavilion, a public swimming pool and Starkville’s
way 16 W. near Philadelphia. Call (866) 447-3275 for more Dog Park.
information. Patriots Park: The park has a pavilion and playground
Ole County Bakery: When you visit this traditional equipment and is located on Whitfield Street in Starkville.
Mennonite bakery in Brooksville, you’ll fall in love with a
variety of special treats from pastries to Po’boy sandwiches.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call
(662) 738-5795.

Local parks
Starkville Sportsplex: A multi-purpose facility that
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Welcome to

Clay County was organized May 12, 1871. Like nearby Columbus, West Point lays claim
The county was created from parts of Chickasaw, to having Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto come
Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha counties, and orig- close to what is now the modern-day city during an
inally named Colfax County after Schuyler Colfax, expedition in 1541. De Soto brought new breeds of
Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant. In 1876, the horses and hogs with him and in doing so helped
Mississippi legislature changed the name to Clay establish what would become a major part of the local
County to honor American statesman Henry Clay, economy — swine farming.
secretary of state under John Quincy Adams. Officially incorporated in 1858, West Point
West Point holds the Clay County seat, as no boasts a unique and elegant example of antebellum
other incorporated towns exist in the county of just architecture — Waverley Mansion. The octagonal
under 20,000 residents. Several smaller communities, mansion, built by Col. George Hampton Young, is a
however, are present, including Cedar Bluff, Pheba, registered historic landmark and is open for tours on a
Montpelier, Abbott, Griffith and Siloam. The Tom- regular basis. The mansion was recently listed for sale.
bigbee River borders Clay County to the east, and The city’s defining moment came in 1909 when
nearby railways and major highways offer extensive J.C. Bryan Sr. began selling pork products out of a
transportation for budding industry. Given its prime West Point storefront.
location as the northern-most of three towns consti- Although the Bryans sold the business to Sara
tuting the Golden Triangle and just 50 miles south Lee Food and Beverage Corp. in 1968, Bryan brand
of Tupelo, Clay County residents enjoy easy access foods were produced in West Point until March 2007
to nearby universities, airports, industries and leisure when Sara Lee shut the plant down and laid off more
and recreational activities. than 1,200 employees.
Located eight miles north of Highway 82 on Under the direction of the Golden Triangle
Highway 45 Alternate, West Point is a small Development LINK, West Point and Clay County
town with lots of Southern charm. have witnessed the expansion of a number of local
West Point is the birthplace of renowned Blues manufacturing businesses, including Navistar, Plum
musician Howlin’ Wolf, an inductee into both the Creek Environmental, Ellis Steel and Royal Trucking.
Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and In 2015, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi
Roll Hall of Fame. From murals on display through- (YTMM) opened a $300 million plant. Yokohama
out the town to its annual Prairie Arts Festival, West has since employed over 650 people in the West
Point boasts a rich and lively cultural scene. Point community. The company manufactures over
West Point is a certified Main Street Communi- one million tires annually.
ty and was one of the first members of the Mississippi In the spring of 2018, poultry processing compa-
Main Street Association, designed to maintain and ny Peco Foods announced it was bringing 300 jobs to
promote vibrant downtown areas across the state. the town in 2019.

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THE facts
County: Clay Public safety: Firefighters – 18 volunteer
County seat: West Point firefighters; Police officers – 27; Sheriff’s deputies –
Population: The U.S. Census estimated 18 active
a 2017 population of 10,675 in West Point and Climate: On average, July is the warmest
19,640 in Clay County. The most recent formal month, and January is the coolest month. January
census, recorded in 2010, reported a population of daily average temperatures: high of 53 degrees, low
11,307 in the city and 20,634 in the county. of 31 degrees; July daily average temperatures: high
Government: City – mayor and board of of 92 degrees, low of 71 degrees
selectmen; County — five-member board of super- Major highways running through the coun-
visors ty: U.S. 45 Alternate; Highway 50
Altitude: 223 feet above sea level Industry: Manufacturing of truck and bus
Area: 4.25 square miles (city); 416 square tires, chemical manufacturing, production of
miles (county) mine-resistant vehicles, manufacturing of dump-
Assessed valuation: City – $89 million; sters and disposal bins, steel manufacturing for
County: $108 million metal buildings and frames

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City officials
A mayor and board of selectmen govern West Point.The mayor is elected every four
years by a majority vote from city citizens. The five selectmen are elected based on
voters in predetermined wards of the city. The current mayor and selectmen were
elected in 2017. Their terms will expire in 2021. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. on
the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. City Hall is
located at 580 Commermce St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
580 Commerce St., (662) 494-2573

Maps of the city and county are available at the chancery clerk’s office.
Robbie Robinson Avery Cook
Mayor Chief of Police

Mayor Ward 3 Chief of Police


Robbie Robinson Ken Poole Avery Cook
(662) 295-4716 (662) 295-9125 84 East Westbrook Street
rrobinson@wpnet.org kenpoole7@comcast.net (662) 494-1244

Board of selectmen/women Ward 4 Fire Chief


Ward 1 Keith McBrayer Ken Wilbourne
Leta Turner (662) 494-0661 (662) 494-2105
(662) 295-9140 mcbrayer@wpms.net
lturner@wpnet.org City Attorney
Ward 5 Orlando Richmond, Sr.
Ward 2 Jasper Pittman
William Binder (662) 295-8715 City Judge
(662) 295-9103 jpittman7273@gmail.com Benny L. Jones
wbinder@wpnet.org

COUNTY officials
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. Supervisors serve four-year terms. The current board
of supervisors were elected in 2015. Their terms will expire in 2019. Board meetings are open to the public and held at the
Clay County Courthouse, located at 365 Court St., the first Monday, the Thursday following the first Monday, and the fourth
Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. The board may choose to set additional nightly meetings. (662) 494-3124

Board of Supervisors Joe D. Chandler Justice Court Judges Circuit Clerk


District 1 (662) 295-3240 (cell) Thomas Hampton and Robert Harrell, Jr.
Lynn “Don” Horton jchandler@claycounty.ms.gov Chris McBrayer (662) 494-3384
(662) 295-2323 (cell) (662) 494-6140 rharrell@claycounty.ms.gov
lhorton@claycounty.ms.gov Board Secretary
Nikki Cude Constables Tax Assessor and
District 2 (662) 494-3313 District 1 Collector
Luke Lummus ncude@claycounty.ms.gov Sherman Ivy Paige Lamkin
(662) 295-7037 ˆ (662) 494-3432
District 3, (board president) Sheriff District 2 (662) 494-2724
R.B. Davis Eddie Scott Charles “Lewis” Stafford, plamkin@claycounty.ms.gov
(662) 295-1874 (cell) Clay County Sheriff’s Jr.
rbdavis@claycounty.ms.gov Dept. Coroner
(662) 494-2896 Chancery Clerk Alvin Carter
District 4 Amy Berry (662) 492-4455
Shelton L. Deanes Board Attorney (662) 494-3124
(662) 295-6110 (cell) Angela Turner Ford aberry@claycounty.ms.gov
District 5 angela@bturnerlaw.com

All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.

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General Information

Permits, licenses County – The Clay County Board of Supervisors is


Building permits – Building permits may be obtained in charge of the county’s garbage collection services. Trash
at the building inspector’s office at 331 Washington St. Call is collected weekly by district. The monthly fee is $10. For
(662) 494-6601. information on the schedule for your area, contact county
Privilege licenses – Privilege licenses, or business per- supervisor Luke Lummus at (662) 295-7037.
mits, may be obtained at city hall: 580 Commerce St. Call The White Goods Collection site may be used by Clay
(662) 494-2573. County residents to dispose of mattresses, appliances and
other household items. However, no household garbage is
Postal service allowed to be disposed of at the site. The site is located on
West Point has a full service post office at 376 Com- Highway 47 near Lake Grove Road and is open Wednesday,
merce St. Retail hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9-11 a.m. The last pickup of the
day is 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. on Sat- Taxes
urday. Call (662) 494-3303. Personal taxes – State, county, and municipal ad valor-
Stamps may be purchased at Walmart located at 5509 em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Oct. 15
Highway 45 Alt. S. each year, as they become delinquent thereafter. According
to statute, county and city tax millage rates are set by the
Refuse collection Board of Supervisors and must be determined by Sept. 15
City – Within the city limits, garbage is collected week- each year. For more information contact Paige Lamkin, West
ly. The monthly fee for residents is $15.50. West Point also Point’s city clerk and tax collector, at city hall or via email at
has a city recycling program. Residents pay a one-time fee elongstreet@wpnet.org.
of $60 at city hall for a recycling bin. Recyclable items are Where to pay taxes – Municipal and city ad valorem
collected every other Tuesday. For more information on city taxes are to be paid at West Point City Hall: 580 Commerce
refuse collection call Public Works director Joey Wright at St., (662) 494-2573. County taxes and state ad valorem taxes
(662) 524-0102. are payable at the Clay County Courthouse: 365 Court St.,

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(662) 494-3124. percent disabled and the date he/she became disabled.
State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart- Any applicant must have been living in the home on Jan.
ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office 1 of the year for which he or she is filing. The home must
covering Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties is located at have been purchased by Dec. 31 of the previous year and
1935 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo. Call (662) 842-4316 for recorded no later than Jan. 7.
the Tupelo branch or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more informa- For more information, contact Clay County Tax Asses-
tion on state tax information. Some payments may be made sor Paige Lamkin at (662) 494-3432.
online.
Homestead exemption – City and county applications Voter registration
for homestead exemption on property should be filed each In order to vote in Mississippi, a person must be a citi-
year no later than April 1 at the county tax office, 205 Court zen of the United States, reside in the state, and be 18 years
St. in West Point. A person filing for homestead exemption of age on or before the election date. To register, visit the
for the first time should present the warranty deed for the Circuit Clerk’s office in the Clay County Courthouse, located
property, their Clay County automobile tag number(s), at at 365 Court St., West Point. A person must be registered
least one form of identification, social security number(s), the at least 30 days prior to vote in municipal, county, state and
purchase price and down payment amount of the home, and national elections.
the house deed. For anyone filing because of a disability, they For more information, contact Clay County Circuit
must present the original award letter stating they are 100 Clerk’s office at (662) 494-3384.

Utilities
Electricity second forms of identification include social security cards,
City — Within the city limits, newcomers, whether passports, voter registration cards, and birth certificates.
renting or owning, must present two forms of identification Deposits will vary for renters and homeowners, accord-
to the West Point Water and Light Department’s adminis- ing to usage. Renters must present a lease agreement. For
trative office at 644 Broad St. to establish services. One form further information on billing and services, contact the West
of identification much include a recent photo. Acceptable Point Water and Light Department at (662) 494-1432.

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County — Those moving to Clay County will have to Water Association must present their driver’s license, proof
apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power Associ- of residency, and rent or lease agreement (if applicable) to
ation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county.org/ the association’s office at 438 Mayhew Road, Mayhew. The
residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service may deposit for service is $100 for homeowners and $150 for
be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. Box renters. For more information contact the Golden Triangle
351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned, and Water Association at (662) 327-3008.
emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your com-
pleted application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544 for Home telephone service providers
important information needed to complete the application. AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are locations:
required for residential connection. An additional deposit, 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
based on a credit check, may be required. Same day service 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
may be available if all applicable fees and documentation are 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. 39759; (662) 323-4262
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- Wireless providers
day through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-County has two of- AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
fice locations: 5265 S. Frontage Road, Columbus, MS 39701 locations:
and 9776 Mississippi Highway 25 S., Starkville, MS 39759. 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
Gas 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the 39759; (662) 323-4262
Golden Triangle. C Spire – 347 Highway 45 Alt. S., West Point; (855)
For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888) 277-4735
286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosener- Verizon – Russell Cellular West Point, 70 Airport Road,
gy.com. West Point; (662) 605-3469

Water Internet/Broadband Options


County — The West Point Water and Light Depart- AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
ment handles water service to the majority of county resi- locations:
dents. For a few hundred residents not under city authority, 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
the Golden Triangle Water Association provides water 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
services. 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
Rural residents setting up service with Golden Triangle 39759; (662) 323-4262

Community Information
Churches tendent is Mr. Burnell McDonald. To contact the school dis-
West Point is home to more than 70 churches, ranging trict, call (662) 494-4242 or visit 359 Commerce St., West
in denomination from Baptist to Catholic to Methodist to Point. Website: www.westpoint.k12.ms.us
Presbyterian and many more. Parochial schools – Hebron Christian School
(pre-K-12): 5100 Henryville Road, Pheba; (662) 494-7513;
Education www.hebronchristianschool.com
General information – Registration is held each sum- Private schools – Oak Hill Academy (pre-K-12): 1682
mer for the year’s fall term. Notice of registration is published N Eshman Ave., West Point; (662) 494-5043; www.edline.
prior to that time. Contact schools directly for exact registra- net/pages/oak_hill_academy
tion dates.
Kindergarten in West Point is available to all students in Colleges
both public and private schools. Those entering kindergarten • East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle
must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1. A birth certifi- Campus, is located 10 miles south of West Point.
cate, a Social Security card, and a record of immunization are • Mississippi University for Women is 21 miles east in
required for registration. Columbus.
Public schools – The West Point Consolidated School • Mississippi State University is 18 miles southwest in
District serves Clay County. There are four elementary Starkville.
schools, one middle school, one high school and a careet and
technology center. The West Point Learning Center (grades Library
5-12) provides alternative education. The district’s superin- The Bryan Public Library is located at 436 Commerce
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St. The library serves as the headquar-
ters for the Tombigbee Regional Library
System, which encompasses three
counties in Northeast Mississippi and
includes eight branches.
Special services provided by Bryan
Public Library include an adult literacy
program, an inter-library loan service,
summer reading programs for youth,
and a children’s story time year-round.
The library’s hours are Mon-
day-Thursday 10 a.m-6 p.m. and Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the library at (662)
494-4872 for more information.

Media
The Commercial Dispatch: 516
Main St., Columbus; Business hours are
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call (662) 328-2424 for subscription
information. Printed Sunday through
Friday.
The Daily Times Leader: 221 E.
Main St., West Point; Business hours
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Call (662) 494-1422 for sub-
scription information. Printed Tuesday
through Saturday.
Television stations serving the
area include WLOV (Fox affiliate)
of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of
Columbus; and WTVA (NBC and ABC
affiliate) of Tupelo.
Radio stations in the area: WJZB
88.7 FM, WALN 89.3 FM, WMAB
89.9 FM, WCSO 90.5 FM, WMSV
91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7 FM, WMSU
92.1 FM, WGTC 92.7 FM, WSYE
93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM, WKOR
94.9 FM, WAFM 95.7 FM, WLZA
96.1 FM, WAFR 96.9 FM, WWMS
97.5 FM, WTXT 98.1 FM, WZLQ
98.5 FM, WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS 99.9
FM, WKBB 100.9 FM, WFTA 101.9
FM, WNMQ 103.1 FM, WWKZ
103.9 FM, WQJB 104.5 FM, WACR
105.3 FM, WMXU 106.1 FM, WLSM
107.1 FM, WFCA 107.9 FM, WCRV
640 AM, WCPC 940 AM, WTWG
1050 AM, WSSO 1230 AM, WWZQ
1240 AM

Medical facilities
• North Mississippi Medical Cen-
ter–West Point is a full-service, 60-bed
medical and surgical facility located at
150 Medical Center Drive. The private,
not-for-profit hospital opened in 1985

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W e s t P O i n t / C l ay C o u n t y
and is a North Mississippi Health Services affiliate. (226) 2207 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7610
495-2300 404 Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) 323-3389
In Tupelo, just 50 miles north of West Point, North 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 327-6095
Mississippi Medical Center provides extended services. The Budget — 2080 Airport Road, Columbus, (662) 328-
Tupelo hospital is a regional referral center and Level II 7824
designated trauma center. For more information call (662) Hertz — 2080 Airport Road, Columbus, (662) 327-
377-3000. 5121

Nursing homes, assisted living Airports


• West Point Community Living Center, 1122 N. Esh- McCharen Field – local airport with the capabilities
man Ave., (662) 494-6011 to support corporate jet aircrafts and small private and sport
• Dugan Memorial Home, 26894 E. Main St., (662) planes.
494-3640 Golden Triangle Regional Airport — Third largest
• Waverly Care Home, 315 W. Broad St., (662) 494- airport in the state and just a 15-minute drive from West
0074 Point. This commercial airport is supported primarily by
Delta Connection flights.
Rentals
Cars and vans
Enterprise – rental locations near West Point:

Annual Events
Prairie Arts Festival: The Saturday before Labor Day for what has been called “one of the top 10 events in the
each year, more than 300 area artists, craftsmen, and vendors South” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more informa-
participate in the Prairie Arts Festival, held in West Point’s tion on this year’s event visit prairieartsfestival.org.
historic downtown. Admission is free. A 5K run is held in Black Prairie Blues Festival: Formerly the “Howlin’
conjunction with the festival, and live music fills the streets Wolf Blues Festival,” the Black Prairie Blues Festival is held

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each year on the Friday before the Prairie Arts Festival. This
event honors blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, a West Point na-
tive, and other musicians who have contributed to the area’s
renowned music and cultural scenes.
West Point Farmers Market: Each year from May to
August local farmers, craftsmen and bakers sell produce and
other handmade goods at the Mossy Oak Pavilion in West
Point. The farmers market is held on Thursdays from 5-6:30
p.m.
Boo Parade: Costumes and candy for kids and fun for
the whole family.
Christmas Parade: The parade runs through historic
downtown West Point. Participating floats have the opportu-
nity to be judged for cash prizes.
Relay for Life: Held in the spring each year, this event
helps raise money for the American Cancer Society and en-
courages locals to “fight for the cure.”
For more information on events in the West Point area,
contact the West Point Growth Alliance at (662)4 94-5121
or email info@westpointms.org.

Attractions
Things to Do play courts.
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum: 57 E. Westbrook St., Sally Kate Winters Memorial Park: Located at 731
(662) 295-8361 (West Point is working to create a down- E. Broad St., this park features fountains, an old-fashioned
town museum that would house a Howlin’ Wolf exhibit, bandstand for special events, a playground for children, a
while also paying tribute to other area blues musicians.) gazebo, and an “Arbor of Memories,” made with bricks pur-
Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum: 5 Depot Dr., chased in memory of loved ones.
(662) 494-8910 Jesse Harmon Sports Complex: Located at 307 Mac
Waverly Plantation Mansion: 1852 Waverly Mansion Cox Road, features a new splash pad, and is home to baseball
Road, (662) 494-1399 and soccer fields.
West Point-Clay County Arts Council: P.O. Box 105, Marshall Park: Located at 120 Wood St., this park of-
(662) 494-5678 fers a disc golf course, a half-mile walking path, tennis courts,
Old Waverly: Named “Mississippi’s #1 Golf Course” picnic areas, covered verandas, a skateboarding park and a
and one of “America’s Top 100 Courses,” 1 Magnolia Dr., recently installed playground.
(662) 494-6463 Zuber Park: Located at 6470 Highway 45 Alt. , this
Mossy Oak Golf Course: 1 Mossy Oak Dr., (662) park offers tennis courts, basketball courts and walking paths.
524-1000 Kids; Town: Located at 283 East St., this park offers
Prairie Wildlife Preserve: Provides outdoor and wild- a playground in the center of historic downtown and is
life experiences on a nearly 6,000-acre property in the heart designed for young children. It offers ideal spaces to host
of Mississippi’s black belt region. Guests can enjoy quail birthday parties and picnics.
hunting, white-tailed deer hunting, rabbit and dove hunting, Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway: Located at 186
bird watching, and horseback riding. 4225-B. Bryan Dr., E. Westbrook St., features a 3.75-mile recreational walkway
(662) 494-1235 running through town. The pathway replaced railroad tracks
West Point Hall of Fame Museum: Located at 580 that formerly ran through the city and is informally known as
Commerce St. (upstairs in city hall) the “Rails to Trails Parkway.”
Other area parks include:
Local parks • Sportsman Park, 120 Fifth St.
Town Creek Recreation Area: Offers 100 campsites, • Half Mile Park, 287 W. Half Mile St.
is equipped for recreational vehicles, and has a wash-room • Progress Street Park, 275 Progress St.
facility. The campground area has a multi-use shelter, a bike • West Point Recreation Center, 119 Wood St.
trail, hiking trails, two children’s play lots and two multi-use • Bryan Reading Park, 436 Commerce St.
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Macon/Noxubee County

Welcome to

Noxubee County was one of 26 counties was founded on Feb. 9, 1833 as “Taladega.” The
in Mississippi resulting from Indian cession east of town’s name was changed to Macon – for Nathan-
the Mississippi River. On Sept. 27, 1830, the United iel Macon, a North Carolina congressman and U.S.
States entered into a treaty, known as the Dancing speaker of the house – on Aug. 10, 1835.
Rabbit Creek Treaty, with the Choctaw Indians. The Andrew Jackson Military Road crossed
The tribe signed the treaty on what is now Noxubee the Noxubee River, which runs near the present
County land. The treaty, through which Choctaws town, just west of Macon.
Much of life in Macon revolves around the
surrendered land to white settlers, was the first re- land, from cattle grazing to catfish farming.
moval treaty fulfilled under the Indian Removal Act The Mennonite congregations spread across
of 1830. In December 1833, the State Legislature Noxubee represent a substantial part of its
authorized Noxubee as a county. population and economy. Though they interact
Today, Noxubee County’s three largest commu- freely with the community, Mennonites maintain
nities – Macon, Brooksville and Shuqualak – sit along a separate and distinct culture. Social life revolves
US Highway 45, which runs north and south through around church; children attend church-run schools.
Mennonite farmers tend large tracts of cotton,
the county. corn and soybeans. Catfish farming is another
In the largely rural area, Macon serves as the agricultural mainstay.
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THE facts
County: Noxubee cers – 8 (including police chief); Sheriff Dept. – 6
County seat: Macon (including sheriff)
Population: Population statistics from the Climate: On average, August is the warmest
2010 U.S. Census, the most recent recorded, report month, and January is the coolest month. August
a county population of 11,545. In 2017, the U.S. daily average temperatures: high of 92 degrees, low
Census Bureau estimated a county population of 70 degrees; January daily average temperatures:
of 10,742. Macon currently has 3,100 residents, high of 54 degrees, low of 32 degrees.
according to the town’s website. Major highways: U.S. Highway 45
Government: City – mayor and board of al- Industry: The primary manufacturing indus-
dermen; County – five-member board of supervisors try in Noxubee County nods to the county’s history
Altitude: 210 feet above sea level as a farming community. Noxubee county facilities
Area: City – 3.5 square miles; County – nearly produce lumber, trailers, forest products and utility
700 square miles. poles. Fish and chicken products are processed at
City statistics: Firefighters – 31 volunteer Superior Fish Products and Peco Foods.
fighters, paid chief and assistant chief; Police offi-
Macon/Noxubee County

City officials
A mayor and board of aldermen govern Macon. The mayor and aldermen are elected every four years.
Current city officials were elected in 2017. 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 city. City Hall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and may be
reached by calling (662) 726-5847. Aldermen meet the first and second Tuesdays of each month at 5:30
p.m. in city hall – 339 E. Pulaski St., Macon. The meetings are open to the public.

Bob Boykin
Mayor

Mayor Ward 3 Chief of Police City Attorney


Bob Boykin Tommy Campbell Lucious Macon Roderick Walker
(662) 726-5847 Macon Police Dept. (662) 726-5977
Ward 4 (662) 726-5838
Board of Aldermen Willie Dixon, Jr. City Judge
Ward 1 Fire Chief Timothy Gowan
Earnest Harmon Alderman-at-large William Whitehead
Buz McGuire
Ward 2
Patrick Hopkins

COUNTY officials
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 four-year terms.
Meetings are held on the first floor of the Noxubee County Courthouse – 2832 Jefferson St,. Macon, MS 39341 – on the first
Monday and Friday of each month. At the Friday meeting, supervisors schedule an additional board meeting for the month. All
meetings take place at 9 a.m. and are open to the public. For more information contact the Noxubee County Courthouse at (662)
726-5181.

Board of Supervisors District 5 Board Attorney Circuit Clerk


District 1 Bruce Brooks Christopher Hemphill Freda Phillips
Larry Tate (662) 361-9070 (662) 328-3468 (662) 726-5737
(662) 361-8492
Sheriff Justice Court Judges Tax Assessor and
District 2, (board president) Terry Grassaree Tim Gowan and Collector
William Oliver (662) 361-8491 Dorothy Stewart Betty Robinson
(662) 361-0772 (662) 726-4744
Superintendent Constables
District 3 of Education Frank Draper and Coroner
Sherman Patterson Roger Liddell Derone Moseley R.L. Calhoun
(662) 361-5550 (662) 726-4527 (662) 361-0740
Chancery Clerk
District 4 Mary Shelton
Eddie Coleman (662) 726-4243
(662) 361-1565

Maps of the city and county are available at the Noxubee County Economic and Community Development Alliance office, located at
198 Washington St., Macon. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Outside of office hours, maps are
available on the front door.

All emergency services in the county may be reached by dialing 911.

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General Information
Permits, licenses p.m., Saturday 8-10 a.m.; to contact call (662) 793-4839
City – Building permits and business licenses may be
obtained at Macon City Hall. Call (662) 726-5847 for more Refuse collection
information or visit city hall at 339 E. Pulaski St. City – Waste Pro, which has an office in Columbus,
County – Business permits and licenses for county collects garbage in Macon and areas of Noxubee County. In
residents may be obtained at the county tax assessor’s office, Macon, garbage is collected Monday and Thursday. In the
located in the Noxubee County Courthouse – 2832 Jefferson county, garbage is collected Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or
St., Macon. Friday depending on location. The monthly fee for city and
county residents is $14, which is included on residents’ utility
Postal service bills.
Noxubee County has three full-service post offices, one
in Macon, one in Brooksville and one in Shuqualak. Taxes
Macon: 3022 Jefferson St.; final collection is 4:15 p.m. Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valor-
Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; to contact call Oct. 1 of each year.
(662) 726-5420 Where to pay taxes – Municipal, county and state ad
Brooksville: 11 Depot St.; final collection is 4:15 p.m. valorem taxes are payable to the Noxubee County tax collec-
Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: tor’s office, located at 2832 Jefferson St. Suite 2, in Macon.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m.-noon, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart-
Thursday 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday 8-10 a.m.; to contact call ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office
(662) 738-5890 covering Noxubee County is located at 900-A Highway 19 S.
Shuqualak: 135 Pine St.; final collection is 3:45 p.m. in Meridian. Call (601) 438-2273 for the Meridian branch
Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more information on state tax
Monday through Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 information. Some payments may be made online.

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Homestead exemption – Applications for homestead For more information, contact the Noxubee County Tax
exemption on property should be filed each year by the last Assessor/Collector’s office at (662) 726-4744.
working day in March at the county tax office, located at
2832 Jefferson St. A person filing for homestead exemption Voter registration
for the first time should present the tax office with his/her In order to vote in Mississippi, a person must be a
property deeds, the Social Security numbers for him/herself citizen of the United States, reside in the state, and be 18
and spouse, and vehicle tags for all vehicles registered in Nox- years of age on or before the election date. To register, visit
ubee County. For anyone filing because of a disability, they the Circuit Clerk’s office in the Noxubee County Courthouse,
must present the original award letter stating they are 100 located at 2832 Jefferson St. in Macon. A person must be
percent disabled and the date he/she became disabled. registered at least 30 days prior to vote in municipal, county,
Any applicant must have been living in the home on Jan. state and national elections.
1 of the year for which he or she is filing. The home must For more information, contact the Noxubee County
have been purchased by Dec. 31 of the previous year and Circuit Clerk, Freda Phillips, at (662) 726-5737.
recorded no later than Jan. 7.

Utilities
Electric Water
City — Newcomers to Macon establish water, electric, County — Rural water users will need to establish
and garbage collection services with the Macon Electric, service with one of the area’s water associations. Usually
Water and Sewer Department. Whether renting or owning, associations charge a deposit and a connection fee. The cost
residents must bring two forms of identification (one of of hookup will be more if a new water meter is required. For
which must include a photo ID) to the department’s office, more information, contact the municipality closest to your
located at 2943 Jefferson St. in Macon, to secure service. residence.
Renters must present their lease agreement, and homeowners
must present the deed to their property. Service deposits are Telephone services
the same among renters and homeowners: $200 for electric- To establish home telephone service, Noxubee County
ity connection, $50 for water hook-up, and $25 for garbage residents may visit any nearby AT&T store, including loca-
collection. For more information contact the Macon Electric, tions in Starkville and Columbus.
Water and Sewer Department at (662) 726-5251. Starkville store: 902 ½ MS Highway 12 W., (662)
323-4262
County — Those moving outside Macon’s town limits Columbus stores: 907-A Alabama St., (662) 244-0009
into Noxubee County will have to apply for membership with or 2005 Highway 45 N., (662) 328-7721
4-County Electric Power Association. Applications may be Home telephone service may also be secured through
retrieved from www.4county.org/residential-apply-for-service/. Vonage. To set up service call (800) 608-5590. To sign up
The application for service may be completed online; down- for Vonage services, customers must have a wired high-speed
loaded and mailed to P.O. Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; internet connection. Visit www.vonage.com for more infor-
or downloaded, scanned, and emailed to support@4county. mation.
org. Before sending your completed application, contact
4-County at (800) 431-1544 for important information Cell service providers
needed to complete the application. Cell phone service may be set up AT&T stores in
A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are Starkville and Columbus.
required for residential connection. An additional deposit, C Spire – The closest store to Noxubee County is in
based on a credit check, may be required. Starkville, 337 Highway 12 W., (855) 277-4735.
Same day service may be available if all applicable fees Verizon – The closest store to Noxubee County is in
and documentation are received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. Columbus, 1725 Highway 45 N, Suite 2, (662) 328-1160
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- Internet/Broadband Options
day through Friday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 4-County has two office AT&T– service may be set up AT&T stores in Starkville
locations: 5265 S. Frontage Road, Columbus and 9776 MS and Columbus
Highway 25 S., Starkville. Exceed Technologies – 2605 Cleda Dr., Columbus;
(662) 328-8333
Gas Viasat – Satellite internet service may be set up through
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in a nearby retailer at either of the following locations:
Noxubee County. For more information on service, contact Go Pro Tech Solutions – 1514-B Main St., Columbus;
Atmos Energy at (888) 286-6700, or visit the company’s (888) 976-8441
website: www.atmosenergy.com. Gator Computers – 413 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
E., Starkville; (662) 323-4900
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COmmunity Information

Churches The Brooksville Public Library is located at 13758 W.


Noxubee County has over 100 active churches. Many Main St. in Brooksville. Its hours are 2-5 p.m. Monday and
are concentrated in and around Macon, the county’s seat, Thursday. The branch librarian is Barbara Mickens. For the
but churches spread to all corners of Noxubee. The churches Brooksville Public Library, call (662) 738-4559.
include primarily protestant denominations and several sites The Vista J. Daniel Memorial Library in Shuqualak is
with rich histories. located at 402 Residence St. Its hours are 2-5 p.m. Monday
and Thursday. The branch librarian is Eddie Pearl Fox. For
Education the Shuqualak library, call (662) 793-9576.
General information — Registration for students in the
Noxubee County School District takes place each year near Media
the end of July. Notice of registration is published prior to The Commercial Dispatch: 516 Main St., Columbus;
that time on the District’s website: www.noxcnty.k12.ms.us. business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on Call (662) 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed
or before Sept. 1. To register for classes, parents must pres- Sunday through Friday.
ent the school at which they are registering with their child’s The Macon Beacon: printed weekly; 2904 Jefferson
birth certificate, record of immunization, and two proofs of St., Macon; (662) 726-4747
residency. Television stations serving the area include WLOV
Public schools – Earl Nash Elementary School, Macon (Fox affiliate) of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of Columbus;
(grades K-4); Reed Elementary School, Shuqualak (grades WTOK (ABC affiliate) of Meridian; and WTVA (NBC affili-
K-6); Wilson Elementary School, Brooksville (grades K-6); ate) of Tupelo.
B.F. Liddell Middle School, Macon (grades 5-8); Noxubee Radio stations in the area: WALN 89.3 FM; WMAB
County High School, Macon (grades 9-12) 89.9 FM; WWQD 90.3 FM; WCSO 90.5 FM; WMSV 91.1
FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WTUG 92.9 FM; WSYE 93.3 FM;
Colleges WZBQ 94.1 FM; WKOR 94.9 FM; WLZA 96.1 FM; WTXT
• Mississippi University for Women, about 30 miles 98.1 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WKBB 100.9
from Macon, in Columbus. FM; WQRR 101.7 FM; WNMQ 103.1 FM; WQJB 104.5
• Mississippi State University, about 35 miles from FM; WUCL 105.7 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM; WLSM 107.1
Macon, in Starkville. FM; WFCA 107.9 FM; WYLS 670 AM; WCPC 940 AM
• Meridian Community College, about 54 miles from
Macon, in Meridian. Medical facilities
• University of Alabama, about 69 miles from Macon, in • Noxubee General Hospital, 78 Hospital Road, Ma-
Tuscaloosa, Ala. con; (662) 726-4231
• Shelton State Community College, about 72 miles In addition to its main hospital facility, Noxubee Gener-
from Macon, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. al Hospital has three branch clinics:
• Itawamba Community College, about 81 miles from • Macon Primary Care Clinic; 78 Hospital Road, Macon
Macon, in Fulton. • Macon Medical Clinic; 3878 Jefferson St., Macon
• Holmes Community College, about 94 miles from • Brooksville Medical Clinic; 1556 N. Oliver St.,
Macon, in Goodman. Brooksville
• East Mississippi Community College, about 30 miles
from Macon, in Scooba. Nursing homes
• University of West Alabama, about 50 miles from • Noxubee County Nursing Home, 606 N. Jefferson St.,
Macon, in Livingston, Ala. Macon; (662) 726-2097
• Elderly Care Center, 496 Magnolia Dr., Macon; (662)
Library 726-2630
The Noxubee County Public Library is a three-branch
system, operating in Macon, Brooksville, and Shuqualak. Transportation
The Ada S. Fant Library in Macon, located at 145 Dr. Macon Municipal Airport, located at 105 W. Pulaski
M.L.K. Jr. Drive, is the main branch. Its hours are 8 a.m.-6 St., is operated by the City of Macon and open to the public
p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Macon for use. The airport features a 50-foot-wide, 3,000-foot-long
library offers computer services, faxing, printing, genealogy runway.
services, children’s story time programs, computer classes,
and free Wi-Fi. The director of the Noxubee County Pub-
lic Library and head librarian of the Ada S. Fant Libary is
Shameka Conner. To contact the Macon branch, call (662)
726-5461.

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Annual Events

Dancing Rabbit Festival: This festival, named for the June each year at Cedar Creek Park, this festival commemo-
1830 treaty agreement between the Choctaw tribe and the rates the abolition of slavery in the United States. It features
U.S. Government, is held the fourth weekend in October a variety of family-oriented entertainment, including sports
each year. The Dancing Rabbit Festival celebrates Noxubee activities, arts and craft vendors and food offerings.
County’s heritage. Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, For more information contact the Noxubee County
an open mic session, pony rides, inflatables, games, a train Economic and Community Development Alliance at (662)
ride and more. The highlight of the festival is a concert on the 726-4456 or visit the alliance’s office at 198 Washington St.
courthouse lawn. in Macon.
Juneteenth Festival: Held on the second Saturday of

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Local Attractions

Noxubee County Historical Trail: This trail takes 323-5548 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Noxubee.
visitors on a self-guided tour through the county to see points Noxubee Sportsplex: Located at 61 Sportsplex Dr., this
of historical interest and learn more about the area’s history. park includes baseball and softball fields, concession areas,
For a list of stops on the trail, contact the Noxubee County and an open-air covered arena.
Economic and Community Development Alliance. (662) Zach Brooks Golf Course: This nine-hole golf course,
726-4456 located in Macon’s Piney Woods community, can be used
Noxubee County Historical Society Museum: The most days of the year. (662) 726-5847
museum features a collection of artifacts detailing the history
of Noxubee County. Some artifacts date back to the 1800s,
when Choctaw Indians occupied the land. The Museum is
located on the second floor of the War Memorial Building in
Macon, across the street from the county courthouse. Tours
are by appointment only. For more information about the
museum or the Noxubee historical society, or to schedule a
museum tour, contact Anderson Thomas at (662) 425-6270.

Local parks
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge: This 48,000-acre
wildlife refuge (see photo on page 71) offers visitors opportu-
nities for hiking, hunting, fishing and bird-watching, among
other outdoor activities. The refuge office and visitor center
is open Wednesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call (662)

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