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A resource for newcomers and residents

of Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee Counties


of North Mississippi
A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E C O M M E R C I A L D I S PAT C H | 2 0 2 0
Publisher
Peter Imes

CONTENT COORDINATOR
Claudi Arrington

EditorIAL
Ben Portnoy
Tess Vrbin
Isabelle Altman

PHOTOGRAPHERs
Claire Hassler
Antranik Tavitian

PRODUCTION
Tina Perry

advertising
Amber Dumas
Kelly Ervin
Melissa Johnson
Beth Proffitt
Mary Jane Runnels
Luther Shields
Jackie Taylor

circul ation
On the cover — Daniel Mike Floyd
and Nathalia Martinez Courtney Laury
are taking a stroll Deanna Robinson
through Lake Lowndes
State Park with their administration
children Sebastian (1) Debbie Foster
and Aria (4). The park Mary Ann Hardy
offers activities including
camping, water sports,
fishing and mountain
biking. Besides the 150-
acre Lake Lowndes, the
Insight is a publication of
The Commercial Dispatch
award winning 5.6 mile
P.O. Box 511
Opossum Trail offers self-
Columbus, MS 39703
guided hiking tours. 662-328-2424
www.cdispatch.com

Area Restaurant Guide .........4 Oktibbeha/Starkville...........42


The best dining options as voted on by readers A thriving downtown and the abundance
of The Dispatch newspaper of culture that accompanies Mississippi
State University’s continued growth makes
Mississippi .............................8 “Starkvegas” a jewel in the Golden Triangle’s
Everything and everyone you need to know in crown
Mississippi at the state level
Clay/West Point ..................56
Lowndes/Columbus............. 16 Culture and community abound in this historic
A historic gem on the banks of the Tennessee- prairie town in Clay County
Tombigbee River and home to the Columbus
Air Force Base and Mississippi University for Noxubee/Macon ..................66
Women Home of Noxubee County High School Tigers
championship football team and the 48,000-
acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
*Due to COVID-19, please call the businesses listed in this magazine in advance for their operating hours.

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ss

Area Restaurant
Guide ss

Chicken Tenders
n Harveys
u Chick-fil-A
u The Little Dooey
u Zaxby’s

Chicken Wings
n Buffalo Wild Wings
u American Deli & Grocery
u Wings Fish & More

Chinese
n Peking
u China House
u New China Royal

Coffee
n Beans & Cream
u Coffee House on 5th
u Starbucks
Huck’s Place Cajun-Creole cafe & bar
Crawfish
n Huck’s Place
Below is a list of the best dining options as voted on by readers of The Dispatch u Kidd’s Crawfish
u Breaux Bridge
newspaper in 2019. Businesses selected as the “Best” in a category are marked with an n.
uR uben’s Fish and Steak
Businesses selected as “Among the Best” are marked with an u.
House
u Rosey Baby
Atmosphere Biscuit Buffet
n Huck’s Place n Hardee’s n The Ranch House Creative Cuisine
u Proffitt’s Porch uC racker Barrel Old Country u Hibachi Buffet n J. Broussard’s
u Harveys Store uL ion Hills Center and Golf u Zachary’s
u The Ranch House Club u Umi
BBQ u Breaux Bridge
n Glenn’s BBQ & Fish Breakfast Catfish
u The Little Dooey n Cracker Barrel Old Country n Ruben’s Fish and Steak Dessert
u Hank’s #1 BBQ Store House n Southern Flour Bakery
u Ranch House u Glenn’s BBQ & Fish u Café on Main
Beer Selection u Hardee’s u The Little Dooey u Peppers
n Zachary’s u Proffitt’s Porch
u Huck’s Place Brisket Chicken
u The Smoke Stack n Glenn’s BBQ & Fish n Chick-fil-A Family Restaurant
u Hank’s #1 BBQ u Food Giant n Proffitt’s Porch
Best First Date u The Little Dooey u Popeyes u The Ranch House
Restaurant u Harveys
n Huck’s Place
u Harveys
u J. Broussard’s

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French Fries
n McDonald’s
u Zachary’s
u Arby’s
Top ratings on Yelp
u Hardee’s
Below is a list of the top 10 restaurants in the area
as ranked on Yelp. Rankings are as of June 2020.
Frozen Yogurt
n Smackers Frozen Yogurt
1. Huck’s Place - Columbus
u Local Culture
2. Oby’s - Starkville
u Bop’s
3. Two Brothers Smoked Meats - Starkville
4. Tin Lizzie Cafe - West Point
Grocery Store 5. Georgia Blue - Starkville
n Kroger
6. The Veranda - Starkville
u Kroger Starkville
7. Proffitt’s Porch - Columbus
u Sunflower
8. Anthony’s Good Food Market - West Point
9. Magnolia’s At The Ritz - West Point
Hamburger 10. King’s Craft Butcher & Cafe - Starkville
n Mugshots
uD oug & Hazel’s Drive
In
u Huck’s Place
Milk Shake Salsa
n Cook Out n Mi Toro
Happy Hour u Sonic Drive-In u Mi Hacienda
n Sonic
u Chick-fil-A u Tampico Bay
u Harveys
u Zachary’s
New Restaurant Sandwich
n Breaux Bridge n Sweet Peppers Deli
Ice Cream u Cook Out u Proffitt’s Porch
n Chunky Chuck’s
uU p Down Eatery and u United Deli & Grocery
u Sonic Drive-In
Coffeehouse
u Bop’s
Seafood
Outdoor Dining n Breaux Bridge
Japanese n Proffitt’s Porch u Huck’s Place
n Umi
u Zachary’s uR uben’s Fish and Steak
u Yamato
u Jackson Square Grill House
u Kiku
Pizza Sports Bar/Night
Locally Owned n Lost Pizza Co.
Restaurant Club
u CJ’s pizza n Muddy Waters
n Zachary’s
u Papa John’s Pizza u Sey’s
u The Mexican Kitchen
u Huck’s Place u Zachary’s
Plate Lunch
n Farmstead Restaurant Steak
Lunch in 30 u Huck’s Place
Minutes u Café On Main
n Old Hickory
n Zachary’s u Huck’s Place
u Huck’s Place u Golden Horn
Po-Boy
u The Ranch House
n Oby’s Sushi
u Huck’s Place
Margarita u Proffitt’s Porch
n Umi
n Mi Hacienda u Kroger
u Tampico Bay u Peking
Ribs
u Harveys
n Glenn’s BBQ & Fish Sweet Tea
u Mi Toro
u Hank’s #1 BBQ n McAlister’s Deli
u Bob Roberts
Mexican u Sweet Pepper’s Deli
n Mi Toro u Mi Toro
Salad
u The Mexican Kitchen
n Sweet Peppers Deli Thai
u Mi Hacienda
n Harveys n Thai by Thai
u McAlister’s Deli u Golden Bowl
u Zachary’s u Andaman Thai
u Thai Siam

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MISSISSIPPI

Welcome to

THE MAGNOLIA STATE celebrated its bicentennial three


years ago after it became the 20th state to join the union in 1817.
Mississippi was originally a territory occupied by the Chicksaw, 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 paves the way to replace the state flag, which has long contained the Confederate
battle flag in its design. 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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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: Northern Mockingbird Entered the Union: Dec. 10, 1817
Stone: Petrified wood Capital: Jackson
Beverage: Milk Area: 48,430 square miles
Fossil: Eocene whale Number of counties: 82
Land mammal: White-tailed deer Rank in nation: 35th in population (U.S. Census
Waterfowl: Wood duck 2019 estimate 2,976,149)
Fish: Largemouth bass
Insect: Honeybee

University of Southern Mississippi Campus Administration building in Hattiesburg.


MISSISSIPPI

Tate Reeves Delbert Hosemann Michael Watson Lynn Fitch David McRae
Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer

STATE OFFICIALS
Current state officials were elected in November 2019 and took office in January 2020. Physical and mailing addresses below may
differ; call for more information.

Governor Attorney General Commissioner Northern District


Tate Reeves Lynn Fitch 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. John Caldwell
Jackson, MS 39205 Jackson, MS 39205 Jackson, MS 39201 Mississippi Transportation
(601) 359-3150 (601) 359-3680 (601) 359-1100 Commission
governor@govreeves.ms.gov 401 N. West St.
Treasurer Commissioner Jackson, MS 39201
Lieutenant Governor David McRae of Insurance (601) 359-7000
Delbert Hosemann P.O. Box 138 Mike Chaney (662) 680-3323 (Tupelo office)
Office of the Lt. Governor Jackson, MS 39205 501 N. West St.
P.O. Box 1018 (601) 359-3600 Jackson, MS 39201 Northern District
Jackson, MS 39215 ms.treasurydept@ (601) 359-3569 Public Service
(601) 359-3200 treasury.ms.gov commissioner@mid.state.ms.us Commissioner
ltgov@senate.ms.gov Brandon Presley
State Auditor Public Service Commission
Secretary of State Shad White P.O. Box 1174
Michael Watson 501 N. West St. Suite 801 Jackson, MS 39215
Office of Sec. of State Jackson, MS 39201 (601) 961-5450
401 Mississippi St. (601) 576-2800 northern.district@
Jackson, MS 39201 auditor@osa.ms.gov psc.state.ms.us
(601) 359-1350

Shad White Andy Gipson Mike Chaney John Caldwell 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 Michael Guest
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 Michael Guest Current members of Mississip-
United States Senate Trent Kelly U.S. House of Representatives pi’s House of Representative
555 Dirksen U.S. House of Representatives 230 Cannon HOB were elected in 2019 and will
Senate Office Building 1721 Longworth House Office Building serve through 2023. The follow-
Washington, D.C. 20510 Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 ing are those members repre-
(202) 224-6253 Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5031 senting Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee
Wicker also has offices in (202) 225-4306 Starkville office: and/or Oktibbeha counties. To
Tupelo, Jackson, Hernando and Lowndes County office: 600 Russell St. Suite 160 contact a representative during
Gulfport. 318 N. Seventh St. Suite D Starkville, MS 39759 a session, telephone the Capitol
Visit www.wicker.senate.gov for Columbus, MS 39701 (662) 324-0007 switchboard at (601) 359-3770.
more information. (662) 327-0748 Visit www.guest.house.gov for
Visit www.trentkelly.house.gov more information. District 36
Cindy Hyde-Smith for more information. (Clay, Monroe)
United States Senate District 4 Karl Gibbs
113 Dirksen District 2 Steven Palazzo 543 George Walker Road
Senate Office Building Bennie Thompson U.S. House of Representatives West Point, MS 39773
Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. House of Representatives 2349 Rayburn House (662) 494-3669 (home)
(202) 224-5054 2466 Rayburn House Office Building kgibbs@house.ms.gov
Hyde-Smith also has offices in Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202)
Jackson, Oxford and Gulfport. Washington, D.C. 20515 225-5772 District 37
Visit www.hydesmith.senate.gov (202) 225-5876 Visit www.palazzo.house.gov for (Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha)
for more information. Visit www.benniethompson. more information. Vacant seat
house.gov for more information. Gary Chism, who was first
Mississippi will vote to fill both elected in 1999, retired in
U.S. senate seats in the state’s Mississippi will vote to fill Kelly June. A special election date
Nov. 5, 2024 election. and Thompson’s seats in the has not been set to fill this
state’s Nov. 2, 2020 election. seat.

Steven Palazzo Karl Gibbs


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

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MISSISSIPPI

Cheikh A. Taylor Dana McLean 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 District 15 District 32


(Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha) (Lowndes, Noxubee, Winston) (Choctaw, Montgomery, (Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee,
Cheikh A. Taylor Carl Mickens Oktibbeha, Webster) Winston)
383 Steele Road P.O. Box 427 Vacant seat Sampson Jackson II
Starkville, MS 39759 Brooksville, MS 39739 Gary Jackson, who held this 749 Matthew Jackson Road
(662) 617-8125 (work) (662) 425-1804 (cell) seat almost 17 years, retired in Preston, MS 39354
ctaylor@house.ms.gov cmickens@house.ms.gov June. A special election date (601) 743-5900 (work)
has not been set to fill this (601) 677-2305 (home)
District 39 District 43 seat. sjackson@senate.ms.gov
(Lowndes, Monroe) (Oktibbeha, Winston)
Dana McLean Rob Roberson District 16
332 Williamsburg Road 212 E. Main St. (Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee,
Columbus, MS 39705 Starkville, MS 39759 Oktibbeha)
(662) 328-0607 (cell) (662) 324-3810 (work) Angela Turner Ford
dmclean@house.ms.gov (662) 418-2914 (cell) P.O. Drawer 1500
rroberson@house.ms.gov West Point, MS 39773
District 41 (662) 494-6611 (work)
(Lowndes) aturner@senate.ms.gov
Kabir Karriem State Senators
P.O. Box 255 Current Mississippi state District 17
Columbus, MS 39703 senators were elected in 2019 (Lowndes, Monroe)
(662) 328-3063 (work) and will serve through 2023. Charles “Chuck” Younger
kkarriem@house.ms.gov The following are those senators 1213 Younger Road
representing Clay, Lowndes, Columbus, MS 39701
Noxubee, and/or Oktibbeha (662) 329-3430 (home)
counties. To contact a senator cyounger@senate.ms.gov
during a session, call the Capitol
switchboard at (601) 359-3770

Angela Turner Ford Charles “Chuck” Younger Sampson Jackson II


State Senator-District 16 State Senator-District 17 State Senator-District 32

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MISSISSIPPI

GENERAL INFORMATION
Anti-litter laws
Dumping trash or litter on the
highways or right-of-ways is a misde-
meanor offense subject to a fine.

Mississippi seat belt law


As of July 1, 2017, all car front and
rear-seat passengers will be required to
wear a seat belt. Violation of the safety
law is a misdemeanor offense punish-
able by a $25 fine.

Boat registration
Boats must be registered with the
Mississippi Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries and Parks office in Jackson.
Forms may be obtained at any county
tax collector’s office, at most sporting
goods stores, from MDWFP’s Jack-
son office or from the department’s
website at www.mdwfp.com/license/
boating. Trailer tags can be purchased
at the county tax collector’s office at the
courthouse.

Car tags
Automobile license plates must be
purchased at the county tax collector’s
office within seven days of vehicle pur-
chase and must be renewed annually. At
the time the license plate is purchased
at the courthouse, a registration fee
and state, county and city taxes for the
automobile must be paid to the county
tax collector.
A person moving to Mississippi
from another state must register his Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
or her vehicle in Mississippi within 30
days of declaring residency. If a vehicle
skills tests waived. learner’s permit for at least 12 months
owner fails to register within 30 days,
he or she will be charged a standard late Applicants for a driver’s license without any traffic violations. To re-
fee and may be subject to fines if found must be at least 16 years of age. ceive an intermediate license one must
in violation of the law. For information, 16-year-old applicants must have six pass a driving skills test administered by
contact your county courthouse. months’ experience under an interme- a driver’s license office. If an intermedi-
diate license; this requirement does not ate license is granted, the driver is only
Driver’s licenses apply to new residents who have held allowed to operate a vehicle unsuper-
Qualified drivers may obtain a driver’s licenses in another state for at vised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. any
Mississippi driver’s license for a four- least six months. day of the week. Applicants less than 18
year period by visiting their local DMV, Mississippi residents of at least 15 years of age must show proof of enroll-
presenting at least two forms of identi- years of age may apply for a temporary ment in school.
fication, paying the appropriate fee and learner’s permit. A learner’s permit al- For more information about
passing the written and driving skills lows the driver to operate a vehicle with driving laws, license fees and DMV
tests, if applicable. New Mississippi the supervision of a licensed driver 21 locations visit www.dps.state.ms.us/driv-
residents who present valid out-of-state years or older. An intermediate license er-services/.
licenses may have the written or driving may be issued to those who have held a
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Mississippi State Fair

Hunting and fishing licenses Every vehicle accident in which a person is killed or
Resident hunting and fishing licenses may be pur- injured or in which property damage is in excess of $250
chased from most local sporting goods dealers and bait must be reported to the Mississippi Department of Public
shops, as well as online at www.mdwfp.com. Standard Safety within 10 days. Failure to file a report is a misde-
licenses are valid for one year. Persons exempt from pur- meanor offense subject to suspension of a driver’s license.
chasing licenses are residents under age 16 or older than
age 65. All others, including military personnel, must Better Business Bureau
purchase a license before hunting or fishing. All license The Better Business Bureau is in place to protect
types and prices may be found on the Mississippi Wildlife, against irresponsible business and scams of all types. It also
Fisheries, and Parks website under the “purchase license lends a helping hand to those reputable businesses in need.
and permits” tab. License fees are in addition to agent and BBB implemented a program in January 1987 called
processing fees. “Customer Care,” which allows businesses to advertise they
are members of the bureau. Under the program, members
Marriage licenses are allowed to use an arbitration logo in newspapers, pe-
Marriage licenses are issued by a county’s circuit clerk, riodicals, direct mail, flyers, handouts, billboards, posters,
and both parties must appear before the circuit clerk to radio/TV, letterheads, business cards and invoices. The
finalize the marriage application. Mississippi welcomes logo cannot be used in yellow page ads in telephone books,
same-sex marriages. Males at least 17 years old and females annual directories and handbooks/manuals.
at least 15 years old are capable of applying for marriage, For more information about the Better Business Bu-
but applicants under 21 must provide proof of consent reau in Mississippi and its services, call (601) 398-1700.
from a parent or legal guardian. Marriage applications must
include the names, ages and addresses of both parties. The Mississippi Voter ID law
cost of a marriage license and necessary certificates is $35. All Mississippians voting in person at the polls or by
For more information, including whether your county ac- absentee ballot in the circuit clerk’s office are required to
cepts card payments, call your local circuit clerk’s office. present a photo ID before casting a ballot. Acceptable pho-
to IDs include a driver’s license, state issued photo ID card,
Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law U.S. passport, firearms license, student photo ID issued by
Mississippi law requires all drivers to have proof of an accredited Mississippi university or college, U.S. mili-
insurance inside their vehicles at all times. Anyone operat- tary ID or a Mississippi voter identification card. For more
ing a vehicle without proof of insurance will be subject to information about voter IDs or how to register to vote visit
an initial penalty of a $500 fine and temporary suspension msvoterid.ms.gov. Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot
of his or her license. by mail do not have to show a photo ID.

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Columbus/Lowndes County

Welcome to

The area known as LOWNDES COUNTY, thusly earned the moniker, “Possum Town” — not
named after U.S. congressman William Jones Lown- due to an abundance of possums, but because to the
des, began developing well before Columbus was area’s Native Americans, the proprietor of the trading
chartered in 1821. Lowndes County is home to the post resembled a possum.
former railroad towns of Artesia, Mayhew and Craw- In 1820, Gen. Andrew Jackson brought his
ford and towns on the east side of the county, includ- Military Road through the area on the way to New
ing Caledonia and Steens. Orleans. The first steamboat to navigate the river
In recent years, Lowndes County has seen major docked here in 1821, the same year that Columbus
industrial development under the Columbus-Lown- was incorporated.
des Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Triangle Mississippi’s first public school, Franklin Acad-
Development LINK, both headquartered in Colum- emy, was founded in 1821 in Columbus. Franklin
bus. The Chamber has worked to bring businesses to Academy still operates as an elementary school for
highways 45 and 182, while the LINK has developed kindergarten through fifth grade on the original site.
industrial sites near the Golden Triangle Regional The nation’s first “Decoration Day,” or Me-
Airport. The LINK, which has brought major plants morial Day, was observed in 1866 when a group of
such as PACCAR and Steel Dynamics to the region, Columbus women decorated the graves of both the
has seen national media attention and was featured in Confederate and Union soldiers at Friendship Cem-
2016 on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an episode exploring etery. The women’s actions inspired national news
the manufacturing successes of the area. recognition and the poem, “The Blue and the Gray.”
Writers from 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
COLUMBUS serves as the seat of Lowndes as well as the Columbus Air Force Base, an Air Force
County. Despite changes over nearly two centuries, pilot training facility in operation since World War II.
residents of the “Friendly City” retain the hospitality The influx of military personnel has brought innova-
for which they are justly known, welcoming the new, tive ideas to the community and many military retir-
while preserving and paying homage to a storied past. ees have chosen this area as their permanent home.
European explorer Hernando de Soto first Columbus is also proud of its historic Main
entered Mississippi when he crossed the Tombigbee Street district. The National Trust for Historic Pres-
River near Lowndes County in 1540. The first actual ervation named Main Street Columbus a winner of
trading post along this area of the Tombigbee was es- the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards, one of
tablished not far from Columbus in 1790. Columbus four winners nationally.

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THE FACTS
County: Lowndes volunteer firefighters serve the county; Police officers
County seat: Columbus – 48 sworn deputies and nine part-time deputies in
Population: According to the U.S. Census Bu- the county, 53 patrol officers in the city, five mar-
reau’s 2010 census, the population is 23,640 in the shals and two reserve officers in Caledonia
city and 59,779 in the county. The U.S. census is Climate: January daily average temperatures:
conducted every 10 years. In 2019, the U.S. Census high of 51 degrees, low of 30 degrees; July daily
Bureau estimated Columbus’ population was 23,573 average temperatures: high of 93 degrees, low of 70
and the county’s population was 58,595. degrees
Government: City – mayor and six-member Major highways: U.S. 45 and 82; state high-
city council; County – elected five-member board of ways 12, 50, 69, 182 and 373.
supervisors. Industry: Principal manufactured products
Altitude: 217 feet above sea level include electric motors, chemicals, plastics, paper,
Area: 25.85 square miles (city); 516 square rubber, clay and brick products, steel products, un-
miles (county) manned aircraft, helicopters, truck engines, furniture
Assessed valuation: City – $195 million; and other wood products.
County – $602 million Trade area: Retail trade area has a radius of 50
Public safety: Firefighters – 52 in the city, 138 miles and a population of 250,000.

Mississippi University for Women


Columbus/Lowndes County

Robert Smith Ethel Stewart Joseph Mickens Charlie Box Pierre Beard 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 Street. Meetings are usually open to the
public, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the City Council live-streams their meetings on Facebook live.

Mayor Ward 4 Chief Financial Officer City Attorney


Robert E. Smith, Sr. Pierre Beard Deliah Vaughn Jeff Turnage
(662) 328-7021 (office) (662) 418-7329 (cell) (662) 329-5120 (office) (662) 328-2316 (office)
(662) 364-0433 (cell) ward4@columbusms.org deliah.vaughn@columbusms. (662) 364-0846 (cell)
rsmith@columbusms.org org jturnage@mitchellmcnutt.com
Ward 5
City Council Stephen Jones Chief of Police City Judges
Ward 1 (662) 386-5022 (cell) Fred Shelton Gary S. Goodwin
Ethel Stewart ward5@columbusms.org (662) 364-1829 (office) Rhonda Hayes-Ellis
(662) 251-3841 (office) fshelton@columbusms.org
(662) 329-1227 (home) Ward 6 City Prosecutor
(662) 425-1833 (cell) Bill Gavin Fire Chief Dennis Harmon
(662) 243-1919 (office) Martin Andrews
Ward 2 (662)-327-3323 (home) (662) 329-5121 Public Defender
Joseph W. Mickens, Sr. (662) 574-0295 (cell) ext. 4100 (office) Amanda Meadows
(662) 327-8882 (home) bgavin@cableone.net mandrews@columbusms.org
(662) 251-0724 (cell) City/County Tax
jmickens@columbusms.org Chief Operations Columbus Municipal Assessor and Collector
Officer School District Greg Andrews
Ward 3 David Armstrong Superintendent (662) 329-5700
Charlie Box (662) 329-5119 (office) Cherie Antoinette Labat,
(662) 327-1270 (home) (662) 251-5119 (cell) Ph.D.
(662) 889-2165 (cell) darmstrong@columbusms.org (662) 241-7400 (office)
charlie.box@columbusms.org labatc@columbuscityschools.
org

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. To file a re-
port or submit a request, visit their online
portal at:
www.thecityofcolumbusms.org/residents/
service-request

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

Harry Sanders Trip Hairston John Holliman Jeff Smith Leroy Brooks Eddie Hawkins
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 2019; the current board will serve through December 2024. The Board of
Supervisors meets regularly every 1st Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and occasionally on the 15th and last day of the month.
Meetings are held in the supervisors’ boardroom in the Lowndes County Courthouse. Usually meetings are open to the public,
however, due to COVID-19 they are live streamed on www.facebook.com/LowndesCountyMS.

Board of Supervisors District 5 District 2 Chancery Court Clerk


District 1 Leroy Brooks Willie “Sonny” Sanders Cindy Goode
Harry Sanders (662) 251-8125 (662) 251-4545 (662) 329-5800
(662) 242-0550 lclbrooks@bellsouth.net
sanders4282@bellsouth.net District 3 Circuit Court Judges
Sheriff Joe Ables, Jr. The circuit court office is located at
District 2 Eddie Hawkins (662) 328-4373 505 Second Ave. N. in downtown
Trip Hairston Lowndes County Sheriff’s Columbus.
(662) 251-5006 Dept. County Prosecutor Lee J. Howard, James T.
thairston@lowndescountyms. (662) 328-6788 Steve Wallace Kitchens, Jr. and Lee S.
com (662) 244-6000 Coleman
Superintendent
District 3 of Education Justice Court Judges Circuit Court Clerk
John Holliman Sam Allison The justice court office is located at Teresa Barksdale
(662) 574-5090 (662) 244-5005 309 South MLK Jr. Drive. (662) 329-5900
jeholliman@bellsouth.net Sam.Allison@lowndes.k12. Ron Cooke, Christopher
ms.us D. Hemphill and Peggy County Road Manager
District 4 G. Phillips Ronnie Burns
Jeff Smith Constables (662) 434-8219 (office)
(662) 386-6923 District 1 Justice Court Clerk (662) 251-8105 (cell)
lcjsmith@bellsouth.net Chris Griffin Linder Erby
(662) 386-4160 (662) 329-5929 County Administrator
Ralph Billingsley
(662) 329-5896
lcrbillingsley@bellsouth.net
Jay Fisher
Maps of the city and county are available to newcomers at the (Expected to take position in Oct.)
Golden Triangle Development LINK located at 1102 Main (662) 329-5770
Street. Call (662) 245-5055 for details. jfisher@lowndescountyms.com

Coroner
Greg Merchant
(662) 386-0704
gregmerchant@bellsouth.net
All emergency services in the county may be reached by
dialing 911. Fire Services
Coordinator
Sam Allison
Neal Austin
Superintendent of Education (662) 329-5152

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ABOUT CALEDONIA
The town of Caledonia was officially chartered in Caledonia is home to Caledonia Elementary School and
December of 1904 under Governor James Vardaman. Just Caledonia High School, a 4A school. Located down the street
northeast of Columbus, Caledonia has seen three expansions from the high school is Ola J. Pickett Park, where Caledonia’s
under county judges in 1971, 1973 and in the 1980s. The youth sports leagues play and where the two-day festival
community now has a population of just under 1,100 people. “Caledonia Days” is held each October.

TOWN GOVERNMENT
A mayor and five-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 Kelvin Burdine
(662) 549-2132 mattjacque@yahoo.com (662) 356-4117
wiggins3573@gmail.com
Tammy McCool Board Attorney
(662) 574-3744 Chris Hemphill
Board of Aldermen/women mtb_mccool@bellsouth.net (662) 327-4211 ext. 3
Tyler Brock
(662) 364-8654 Quinn Parham
otbrock@yahoo.com (662) 386-3113

Bill Darnell
(662) 402-7900
badarnell53@gmail.com

Mitch Wiggins Tyler Brock Bill Darnell Matthew Furnari


Mayor Board of Aldermen/ Board of Aldermen/ Board of Aldermen/
women women women

Tammy McCool Quinn Parham Kelvin Burdine Chris Hemphill


Board of Aldermen/ Board of Aldermen/ Town Marshal Board Attorney
women women

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Permits, licenses in Columbus. Call (662) 327-6660. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Building and business permits – City building and weekdays.
business permits may be obtained at the Building Inspection
Department located at 1621 Main St. Call (662) 245-5055 Taxes
for more information. Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valor-
For county permits, visit the County Administrative em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of
Building at 1121 Main St. in Columbus. Call the office at each year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to
(662) 329-5700 for more information, or contact Larry Sept. 15 of each year.
Collums with the county Building Inspection Department at Where to pay taxes – Municipal and county taxes are
(662) 329-5860. to be paid at the Lowndes County tax assessor’s office at
1121 Main St. Call (662) 329-5700 for information.
State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart-
Postal service
ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office
Residents can deposit their mail at a number of locations
covering Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties is located at
throughout the city and county.
1935 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo. Call (662) 842-4316 for
Columbus has three post office locations. The downtown
the Tupelo branch or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more informa-
location at 524 Main St. is a full-service post office open
tion on state tax information. Some payments may be made
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This post office
online.
has several window-service collection boxes on Sixth Street
Homestead exemption – Persons moving into Lowndes
South. The final collection time is 4 p.m. Monday through
County must have their house purchased by Dec. 31 and
Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. To contact the branch, call
deed recorded with the chancery clerk by Jan. 7 to file for
(662) 329-1091.
homestead exemption that same year. The applicant must
The second location at 235 Alabama St. in Columbus
have been living in the home on Jan. 1 of the year for which
offers general delivery, money order and PO Box services.
he or she is filing. Homestead exemptions may be filed at the
Retail hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
tax collector’s office on the first floor of the Lowndes County
The final collection time is 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tax Office, 1121 Main St. in Columbus. Exemptions must be
To contact the branch, call (662) 245-0247.
filed before April 1.
The third Columbus location is a full-service post office
A person filing for homestead exemption for the first
at 3202 Bluecutt Road. Retail hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 time should present the warranty deed for the property, their
p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Lowndes County automobile tag number(s), at least one form
Saturday. The final collection time is 5 p.m. Monday through of identification, social security number(s), the purchase price
Saturday. This location also offers passport services Monday and down payment amount of the home, as well as the house
through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. To contact the deed. For anyone filing because of a disability, they must
branch, call (662) 245-0247. present the original award letter stating they are 100 percent
County post offices are located in Steens, Artesia and disabled and the date he/she became disabled.
Caledonia. The Steens branch is located at 346 Steens Ver- For more information, contact the Lowndes County Tax
non Road and may be contacted by calling (662) 328-0909. Assessor at 1121 Main St. Call (662) 329-5700. Office hours
The Artesia branch is located at 11 S. Front St. and may be are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
contacted at (662) 272-5211. The Caledonia branch is locat-
ed at 650 Main St. and may be contacted at (662) 356-6497. Voter registration
In order to vote in Mississippi a person must reside in
Refuse collection the state and be 18 years old on or before Election Day. A
City – A monthly charge of $17 is included on residen- person must be registered with the county or city clerk at
tial customers’ electric bills. Trash and garbage are collected least 30 days prior in order to vote in local, state and national
twice weekly. The city’s Public Works Department will elections.
collect trash south of Fifth Avenue North on Mondays and For more information, contact Lowndes County Circuit
Thursdays, and residents north of Fifth Avenue North will Clerk Teresa Barksdale at (662) 329-5900. The circuit clerk’s
have their trash collected Tuesdays and Fridays. Call the pub- office is located in the Lowndes County Courthouse at 505
lic works director, Casey Bush, at (662) 329-5116 for more Second Ave. N. in downtown Columbus. City residents may
information. register at City Hall, 523 Main St., Monday through Friday
County – Those residents living in the county have their from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register by mail, residents may pick
garbage picked up once a week on a prescheduled basis for up a voter registration form at City Hall, the public library or
each area. The charge is $12 per month. download a form from the Secretary of State’s website. Forms
For information on the schedule for your area, contact can be mailed to the Office of Registrar, P.O. Box 1408 Co-
Golden Triangle Waste Services, 1311 Industrial Park Road lumbus, MS 39703.
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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
electricity service only. Gas
For more information, contact Columbus Light and Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the
Water at (662) 328-7192. Hours are Monday through Friday Golden Triangle.
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888)
County – Those moving to Lowndes County will have 286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosenergy.
to apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power As- com.
sociation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county. Caledonia Natural Gas serves the entire northeastern
org/residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service quadrant of Lowndes County, including the town of Caledo-
may be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. nia. For more information, contact Caledonia Natural Gas at
Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned, (662) 356-4250 or visit 639 Main St. in Caledonia.
and emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your
completed application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544

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Water the deposit.
City – To establish service within the city, newcomers, The Prairie Land Water Association is located at 150 Ar-
whether renting or owning, need to bring two forms of identi- tesia Road. For more information call (662) 245-1150. Hours
fication, including one with a recent photo, to the Columbus are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8
Light and Water Department, 420 Fourth Ave. S. Those a.m. to noon.
renting an apartment or house will need to present a lease South Lowndes – County residents using South Lown-
agreement. Homeowners must present their house deed. des Water Association will pay a $35 deposit to establish
A deposit is required to set up any service with CL&W. service if they own the home and $100 if they are renting.
For renters, a $300 deposit is required for combined elec- A $400 deposit is required to establish service if a new
tric and water services. For homeowners, a $200 deposit is water meter must be installed.
required for combined electric and water service. Whether For more information call (662) 329-3929. The South
renting or owning, a $100 deposit is required to establish Lowndes Water Association is located at 2109 O’Leary Lane.
water service only. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
East Lowndes – Rural water users who are hooked up Caledonia Water and Sewage – Caledonia residents
to the East Lowndes Water Association will pay a $50 depos- hooked up to Caledonia Water and Sewage will pay a $75
it and a $25 connection fee to establish service. deposit to establish service if they own the home and a $150
A $600 deposit is required to establish service if a new deposit to establish service on a rental property.
water meter must be installed. Caledonia Water and Sewage is located at 202 South
For more information contact East Lowndes Water St. in Caledonia. For more information, call (662) 356-6993.
Association at (662) 327-1651 or visit 1325 Ridge Road in Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Columbus. The association’s normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Monday through Friday. Home telephone service providers
West Lowndes – County residents hooked up to the AT&T – Service may be set up at either of the following
Prairie Land Water Association will pay a $50 deposit if they Columbus locations:
own the home and a $100 deposit if they are renting. All 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
residents must pay a $25 membership fee to establish service. 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
The cost of a new hookup with meter is $600, including Sparklight – Offers local and long-distance calling. To

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set up service call (662) 328-1781 or p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,
visit 319 College St., Columbus. Office and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 Wireless providers
p.m. on Thursday. AT&T – Service may be set up
Vonage – To set up service call at either of the following Columbus
(800) 608-5590. To sign up for Vonage locations:
services, customers must have a wired 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus;
high-speed internet connection. Visit (662) 328-7721
www.vonage.com for more information. 907-A Alabama St., Columbus;
(662) 244-0009
Internet providers C Spire – 1912 Highway 45 N.,
AT&T – Service may be set up Columbus; (855) 277-4735
at either of the following Columbus Cricket Wireless — 1805 High-
locations: way 45 N., Columbus; (662) 798-0650
2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; MetroPCS – Service may be set
(662) 328-7721 up at either of the following Columbus
907-A Alabama St., Columbus; locations:
(662) 244-0009 1906 Highway 45 Suite A, Colum-
C Spire – Service may be set up bus; (662) 328-7721
at 1912 Highway 45 N., Columbus; 907-A Alabama St., Columbus;
(662) 798-0650 (662) 244-0009
Sparklight – To set up service call Verizon Wireless – 1725 High-
(662) 328-1781 or visit 319 College St., way 45 N., Suite 2; (662) 328-1160
Columbus. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Churches by visiting www.columbuscityschools.
There are more than 210 churches org. The address for central office and
of all faiths in Columbus and Lowndes the office of the superintendent is 2630
County. A church directory is printed in McArthur Dr. The current superinten-
The Dispatch on Fridays or Sundays. dent is Dr. Cherie Labat.
County schools – The Lown-
Education des County School District has three
General information – Registra- elementary schools, two middle schools
tion for the fall school term is held in and three high schools.
the summer. Notice of the registration For more information about the
is published prior to the registration county school district contact Lowndes
period. Kindergarten in Columbus is County Superintendent of Education
available to all students in both public Sam Allison at (662) 244-5005. The
and private schools. superintendent’s office is located at
Students entering kindergarten 1053 Highway 45 S. in Columbus.
must be five years of age on or before Visit www.lowndes.k12.ms.us for more
Sept. 1. A birth certificate and a re- information.
cord of immunization (Form 121) are Mississippi School for Mathe-
required for registration. matics and Science – Located on the
City schools – In the Columbus campus of Mississippi University for
Municipal School District, there are five Women, MSMS is a residential, public
elementary schools, one middle school, high school for juniors and seniors. The
one high school, one vocational school public magnet school has a selective ad-
and one alternative school. mission process, and potential students
More information about the city apply during their sophomore years of
school system can be obtained by high school. Call (800) 400-4656 or
contacting the Columbus Municipal visit www.themsms.org for more infor-
School District at (662) 241-7453 or mation.

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Parochial schools – There are • East Mississippi Community
three parochial schools in the county. College, Golden Triangle Campus. For
Those are: more information, call (662) 243-
• Annunciation Catholic School, 1900 or see www.eastms.edu. EMCC
223 N. Browder St., (662) 328-4479 also offers some classes at the Colum-
• Columbus Christian Academy, bus Air Force Base.
6405 Military Road, Steens (662) • Saint Leo University, Colum-
328-7888 bus Air Force Base Education Center,
• Victory Christian Academy, 81 Fifth St., Suite 11, Columbus AFB;
100 Victory Loop, (662) 327-7744 (662) 729-8319
Private schools – There are two Other colleges and universities
private schools, one elementary and in the area include:
one high school, in the county. These • Mississippi State University in
are: Starkville, which is 22 miles west of
• Heritage Academy Elementary, Columbus.
623 Willowbrook Road • University of Mississippi in
• Heritage Academy High Oxford, 105 miles north of Columbus.
School, 625 Magnolia Lane • East Mississippi Community
To reach Heritage Academy call College, Scooba Campus, 52 miles
(662) 327-5272. For director of ad- south of Columbus.
missions, call (662) 327-1556. • Northeast Mississippi Commu-
Colleges – Two higher education nity College at Booneville, 100 miles
facilities are located in Lowndes Coun- north of Columbus.
ty. They are: • University of Alabama at Tus-
• Mississippi University for caloosa, 60 miles east of Columbus.
Women, 1100 College St. For more
information, call (662) 329-4750 or
see www.muw.edu.

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Libraries Contact branch clerk Bernice Wilson at (662) 272-5144.
The main branch of the Columbus-Lowndes Public
Library system, containing more than 100,000 volumes, is Media
located at 314 Seventh St. N. in Columbus. It is the main The Commercial Dispatch: 516 Main St., Columbus;
office for the county’s library system and is housed in a Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
28,000-square-foot building. There are branch libraries in Call (662) 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed
Artesia, Caledonia and Crawford. Sunday through Friday Visit www.cdispatch.com for more
Some of the library’s services include a meeting room information.
for the public that seats 75, a modern reference department, The Columbus Packet: 425 College St., Columbus;
a genealogy and local history department, a story hour for Printed weekly on Thursday. Call (662) 329-1741 or visit
preschoolers, and exhibits and art displays. columbuspacket.com for more information.
Columbus Public Library – Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Television stations serving the area include WCBI of
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Sat- Columbus, Channel 4 (CBS affiliate); WTVA of Tupelo,
urday. Call (662) 329-5300 or visit www.lowndeslibrary.com Channel 9 (NBC affiliate); WLOV of Tupelo, Channel 27
for more information. The branch clerk is Wil’lani Turner, (FOX affiliate) and WKDH of Tupelo, Channel 45 (ABC
wturner@lowndes.lib.ms.us. affiliate).
Artesia Public Library – Located at 18 S. Front St., Ar- Local radio stations include WMUW 88.5 FM,
tesia, MS 39736. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. WALN 89.3 FM, WMAB 89.9, WCSO 90.5 FM, WMSV
to 5:30 p.m. The library is closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch. Contact 91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7 FM, WMSU 92.1 FM, WTUG 92.9
branch clerk Bernice Wilson at (662) 272-5255. FM, WSYE 93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM, WKOR 94.9 FM,
Caledonia Public Library – Located at 754 Main St., WMFH 95.5 FM, WLZA 96.1 FM, WWMS 97.5 FM,
Caledonia, MS 39740. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon- WTXT 98.1 FM, WZLQ 98.5 FM, WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS
day, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact branch clerk Tori 99.9 FM, WKBB 100.9 FM, WQRR 101.7 FM, WNMQ
Hawkins at (662) 356-6384 for more information. 103.1 FM, WQJB 104.5 FM, WACR 105.3 FM, WMXU
Crawford Public Library – Located at 320 Main St., 106.1 FM, WQTP 107.5 FM, WTWG 1050 AM
Crawford, MS 39743. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-
day and Wednesday. The library is closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch.

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Medical facilities
• Allegro Family Clinic has four locations in Lowndes
County:
3654-B New Hope Road, (662) 329-1488
56 Dutch Lane, (662) 329-3808
4508 Highway 45 N., (662) 328-9702
3600 Bluecutt Road, (662) 570-4770
• Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle is located
just off Highway 45 North at 2520 Fifth Street N., (662)
244-1000.
• Caledonia Community Clinic; 171 South St., Caledo-
nia; (662) 855-0080
• Caledonia Medical Care; 9692 Wolfe Road, Caledo-
nia; (662) 356-0324
• The Clinic at Elm Lake; 3700 N. Frontage Road, Co-
lumbus; (662) 240-9999
• Columbus VA Outpatient Clinic; 824 Alabama St.,
Columbus; (662) 244-0391
• Convenient Care Medical Clinic; 2207 N. 5th St.,
Columbus; (662) 241-7177
• East Columbus Family Practice; 110 Alabama St.,
Columbus; (662) 327-0444
• Good Samaritan Medical Clinic; 520 College St.,
Columbus; (662) 244-0044
• Lowry Medical Clinic; 362 Park Creek Dr., Columbus;
(662) 244-8864
• Urgent Team; 1503 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662)
328-9623
• Weekends Plus Urgent Care, 3189 Highway 45 N.,
Holly Hills Plaza Suite H, Columbus; (662) 570-4507

Nursing homes
• Aurora Health and Rehabilitation; 310 Emerald Dr.,
Columbus; (662) 327-8021
• Garden Hill Assisted Living; 2082 Yorkville Road. E.,
Columbus; (662) 329-2772
• Plantation Pointe Retirement Community; 234 Wind-
sor Blvd., Columbus; (662) 241-5518
• Trinity Place Retirement Community; 230 Airline
Road, Columbus; (662) 327-9404
• Vineyard Court Nursing Center; 2002 Fifth St. N.,
Columbus; (662) 328-1133
• Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab Center; 81 Wind-
sor Blvd., Columbus; (662) 241-5518

Transportation
Car rentals
• Enterprise (2 locations):
2207 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7610
2080 Airport Rd., Columbus; (662) 327-6095
• Hertz, 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 327-
5121
• Budget, 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 328-
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Airports Wise Rd, Columbus; (662) 245-0461
• Golden Triangle Regional Airport, 2080 Airport Road, Tombigbee RV Park – 25 Nash Road, Columbus;
Columbus; (662) 327-4422 (662) 328-8655
• Columbus-Lowndes County Airport, 368 Fabritek Hidden Cove RV Park – 315 Sand Road, Columbus;
Drive, Columbus; (662) 570-1559 (662) 242-0786
Brown’s RV Park – 2002 Bluecutt Road, Columbus;
Bus lines, cab and limousine services (662) 328-1976
• Leo’s Luxury Limos, Columbus; (662) 329-2940 Parkwood RV Park – 319 E. Plymouth Road, Colum-
• Take Me Too Travels, Columbus; (662) 328-1911, bus; (662) 386-3047
takemetootravels@att.net Island Road RV Park – 533 Island Road., Columbus;
• ACR Coach Leasing (bus service), Mayhew; (662) (662) 549-2304
244-5773, sales@acrcoach.com Country Living RV Park – 447 Robinson Road, Co-
• SCS Charters (bus service), Columbus; (662) 329- lumbus; (662) 242-0786
5239 Lake Lowndes State Park – 3319 Lake Lowndes Road,
Columbus; (662) 328-2110
Accommodations Dewayne Hayes Campground and Recreation Area
Bed and breakfasts – 7934 Barton Ferry Road, Columbus; (662) 434-6939
Burnt Oak Lodge – 1563 Penn Station Road, Craw-
ford; (662) 272-9550 Banks
Puckett House – 1100 College St., Columbus; (662) BancorpSouth:
329-7126 2220 Highway 45, Columbus; (662) 328-1000
Shadowlawn Bed & Breakfast – 1024 College St., 120 Lehmberg Road, Columbus; (662) 329-5379
Columbus; (662) 327-3600 Bank First Financial Services:
Painted Lady of Columbus – 504 5th St. S., Colum- 900 Main St., Columbus; (662) 328-2345
bus; (662) 368-6700 2500 Military Road STE 8, Columbus; (662) 328-2248
2027 Highway 45, Columbus; (662) 328-2300
Cabins, camping 110 Lehmberg Road, Columbus; (662) 328-2341
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Bank of Commerce: Twin States Federal Credit Union:
427 Main St., Columbus; (662) 244-7001 59 Yorkville Park Square, Columbus; (662) 327-7666
Bank of Vernon:
9715 Wolfe Road, Caledonia; (205) 695-7141 Real Estate Agencies
3561 Bluecutt Road, Columbus; (662) 661-7981 Century 21 Doris Hardy and Associates, LLC – 3495
Cadence Bank: Bluecutt Road, Columbus; (662) 327-8596
803 Main St., Columbus; (662) 329-6311 Shannon Cockrell Realtor at Real Living – 6780 US-
3601 Bluecutt Road, Columbus; (662) 329-6555 45, Columbus; (662) 327-7325
Citizens National Bank: Crye-Leike Properties Unlimited – 4170 North High-
2412 Highway 45, Columbus; (662) 328-5357 way 45 Frontage Road, Columbus; (662) 328-1150
115 Lehmberg Road, Columbus; (662) 327-5893 Robinson Real Estate Inc – 294 Chubby Drive, Co-
Regions Bank: lumbus; (662) 328-1123
710 Main St., Columbus; (662) 734-4667 Coleman Realty and Investment Company – 2411
108 Alabama Street, Columbus; (800) 734-4667 Highway 45, Columbus; (662) 329-2323
2114 Highway 45, Columbus; (800) 734-4667 Richardson Realty – 2405 US-45, Columbus; (662)
Renasant Bank: 327-5000
905 Main Street, Columbus; (662) 245-5180 Rhett Real Estate – 2942 Bluecutt Road, Columbus;
595 18th Street North, Columbus; (662) 244-4900 (662) 329-3333
Trustmark: RE/MAX Partners – 698 Leigh Drive, Columbus; (662)
624 Main St., Columbus; (662) 329-7000 327-7705
1404 Old Aberdeen Road, Columbus; (662) 329-7011 Sandra Ward Grant Realtor – 2500 Military Road,
207 Alabama Street, Columbus; (662) 329-7077 Columbus; (662) 328-7500
Woodforest Bank: Southern Family & Associates Realty – 68 Brickerton
1913 US-45, Columbus; (662) 328-4225 St. STE 3, Columbus; (662) 327-9916
Swoope Real Estate – 1324 Military Road, Columbus;
Credit Unions (662) 327-0123
Air Force Federal Credit Union: Golden Triangle Association of Realtors Inc – 501
1908 Hwy 45 N STE1, Columbus; (800) 227-5328 7th St N, Columbus; (662) 328-7800
Columbus Municipal Credit Union: Long & Long Realtors – 118 8th Street S, Columbus;
1968 6th Street N., Columbus; (662) 327-3030 (662) 328-0770
MUW Federal Credit Union: McCarty Real Estate – 519 3rd Avenue, Columbus;
1100 College Street, Columbus; (662) 327-2500 (662) 328-7600
Statewide Federal Credit Union: Coldwell Banker West Realty Company – 2500 Mili-
1813 US-45, Columbus; (601) 420-5535 tary Rd, Columbus; (662) 328-7500
Triangle Federal Credit Union: Frank Loftis Real Estate – 112 3rd St. S, Columbus;
2330 US-45, Columbus; (662) 434-6052 (662) 240-8921
126 Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 434-6052 Hearts and Home Realty – 6780 Highway 45, Colum-
bus; (662) 327-7325

ANNUAL EVENTS
Catfish in the Alley: This festival, held in early spring homes and historic Friendship Cemetery and along the Tom-
each year, celebrates a historically significant African-Amer- bigbee River. Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors
ican business district in downtown Columbus. The event Bureau, (662) 329-1191, for registration info.
includes live music and good food, including Mississippi Tales From the Crypt: Mississippi School for Mathe-
farm-raised catfish. Catfish Alley is located at Fourth Street matics and Science students combine history and drama in
South, between College and Main streets. Contact the Co- this nationally recognized research project, as they portray
lumbus Convention and Visitors Bureau (662) 329-1191 for local personalities near their gravesites in Friendship Ceme-
more information. tery. Tales From the Crypt runs on select nights during spring
Annual Pilgrimage: This award-winning fall and spring Pilgrimage at the site of the first Decoration Day in 1866.
celebration of the area’s history and architectural heritage in- Call the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662)
cludes antebellum home tours, musical and dramatic perfor- 329-1191 for more information.
mances, period arts and more. Call the Preservation Society Hitching Lot Farmers Market: The Columbus farmers
of Columbus, (662) 889-1145, for more information. market is open May through October. Hours are Mondays
Pilgrimage half-marathon and 5K run: During Pil- 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays 7-10 a.m. In October,
grimage season, participate in or cheer on runners in a race the market only takes place on Saturdays. The market offers
through the downtown and south-side areas of Columbus. locally grown produce, artisanal goods, children’s activities
The half-marathon run takes participants past antebellum and more. The Hitching Lot market is located near the inter-
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section of Second Avenue and Second Juneteenth Celebration: To cel-
Street North. Contact Columbus Main ebrate the Emancipation Proclamation,
Street at (662) 328-6305 or email this free event held the third Saturday
Katherine Lucas at columbusmain- in June, offers food, music and games
street@gmail.com for more informa- at Sim Scott Park, 902 20th St. N. Call
tion. Cindy Lawrence at (662) 328-2491 for
Market Street Festival: Thou- more information.
sands of visitors flock to this award-win- Sounds of Summer: This free
ning festival held each May in down- concert series is held on summer eve-
town Columbus. Market Street features nings in June and July at the Columbus
live music on multiple stages and more Riverwalk. Contact Columbus Main
than 200 vendors of fine arts, crafts, Street at (662) 328-6305 for more
food and more. Contact Columbus information and this year’s concert
Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for schedule.
more information. Artesia Days: Typically held the
Eight of May Celebration: This first weekend in August, the Artesia
annual presentation by Mississippi Days festival features live music, craft
School for Mathematics and Science and food vendors, and a school supply
students commemorates the day – May giveaway in downtown Artesia. For
8, 1865 – federal troops arrived in information, call (662) 272-5104.
Columbus to free black slaves remaining Roast-n-Boast: Mississippi’s
in bondage. The event takes place in barbecue cooking competition, held
Sandfield Cemetery just off Main Street at the Columbus Fairgrounds, draws
on 25th Street South. Contact MSMS teams from around the country. Roast-
at (800) 400-4656 or email Chuck n-Boast offers music, food vendors and
Yarborough at cyarborough@themsms. children’s activities and is located just
org for more information. off Highway 69 South. The event takes

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place each year near the beginning of Christmas as downtown shops and busi-
October. Visit www.roastnboast.com or nesses present open house celebrations
contact the Columbus Convention and and refreshments. Contact Columbus
Visitors Bureau at (662) 329-1191 for Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for
more information. more information.
Tennessee Williams Tribute: Veteran’s Day Parade: Honor
The tribute and tour of Victorian area veterans and servicemen and wom-
homes, held in early September, honors en during the annual parade. Contact
one of America’s most prolific play- the Columbus Air Force Base at (662)
wrights, born in Columbus March 26, 434-7069 or the Columbus Convention
1911. Contact the Columbus Conven- and Visitors Bureau at (662) 329-1191
tion and Visitors Bureau at (662) 329- for more information.
1191 for more information. City Christmas Tree Lighting:
Eudora Welty Writers’ Sympo- Join friends and neighbors for this com-
sium: The Welty symposium, spon- munity event, held each year on the last
sored by Mississippi University for Monday of November in downtown
Women, honors Pulitzer Prize winning Columbus. Contact Columbus Main
novelist and one of MUW’s most dis- Street at (662) 328-6305 for more
tinguished scholars, Eudora Welty. The information.
symposium is typically held in late Oc- Wassail Fest: Downtown shops,
tober. For information, visit muw.edu/ restaurants and businesses serve wassail
welty or contact the university’s director (a hot, spiced, cider-like drink) and hold
of communications, Anika Perkins, at special activities, sales and promotions
(662) 329-7124. for this annual event held the first
Caledonia Days Celebration: Friday in December. Contact Colum-
This two-day event held in October at bus Main Street at (662) 328-6305 for
Ola J. Pickett park in Caledonia fea- more information.
tures music, vendors, games and more. Christmas Parade: This festive
Contact Amanda Boltwood at (662) downtown event, presented by Colum-
251-2875 for more information. bus Main Street, is held each Decem-
Art ‘n Antiques Show and Sale: ber. It features floats, music and more.
This popular antique show features Contact Columbus Main Street at
pieces from dealers across the South. (662) 328-6305.
Last year’s show was held the first Crawford Days: This festival, held
weekend of November. Call the Colum- in July each year, features live entertain-
bus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at ment, including music, speakers, a step
(662) 329-1191 for more information. show and more. Contact (662) 272-
Christmas Open House: Historic 5164 for more information.
downtown Columbus dresses up for

ATTRACTIONS
Racing Leisure activities
With three different race tracks, Antebellum homes: The Colum-
Columbus offers a variety of dirt-track bus Historic Foundation sponsors tours
motor races year-round. For a complete of some of the South’s finest antebel-
list of this year’s races and to view race lum homes. For maps and schedules,
results visit each strip’s website. call Visit Columbus at (800) 327-2682
Magnolia Motor Speedway: or visit www.visitcolumbusms.org.
495 US-45 , Columbus; www.magnoli- Blues Markers: Lowndes County
adirt.com; (662) 240-3478 is home to several Mississippi Blues
Columbus Speedway: Trail markers, identifying influential
574 Lacy Road, Columbus; www. area musicians and historic sites that
facbeook.com/columbusbullring; (662) have contributed to the blues culture of
241-6262 the Magnolia State. Go to www.visit-
Columbus Dragstrip Inc: columbusms.org/things-to-do-and-see/
1085 Hairston Bend Road, Columbus; attractions for information about local
(662) 327-3637 stops on this statewide tour.
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Art exhibition by folk artist Elayne Goodman at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.

Friendship Cemetery: Located at the corner of Fourth 2787. The arts center is located at 501 Main St. in Colum-
Street South and 15th Avenue South, this historic cemetery bus’ historic downtown.
was the site of the first Memorial Day observance in 1866. Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center:
Call (662) 328-4164 for more information. Birthplace of the late playwright Tennessee Williams, located
Mississippi University for Women: “The W,” as the at 300 Main St. Call (662) 329-1191 for operating hours and
school is affectionately known, was the first public college for tour information.
women in the United States. Stroll through the campus to Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Museum: The
see more than 20 buildings listed on the National Register of Tenn-Tom Waterway Transportation Museum and In-
Historic Places. termodal Learning Center, located at 318 Seventh St. N.,
African-American Heritage Tour: Columbus boasts highlight the uniqueness of the Waterway with its extensive
many African-American historical sites, including the famous lock and dam system and incorporates artifacts and informa-
Catfish Alley, a central meeting and business district for the tion from rail and highway transportation as well. For more
African-American community in the late 19th and early 20th information call (662) 328-3286
centuries. Go to www.visitcolumbusms.org/things-to-do-and-
see/history-and-heritage to explore other stops on the tour. Recreation
Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum: Built c. 1847, Those who enjoy recreational sports will have little
the building was home to one of the earliest citizens of Co- trouble finding something to do in the Golden Triangle area.
lumbus. It was restored in 1960 and now houses an exhibit From fishing to summer baseball, the Golden Triangle offers
containing Civil War memorabilia and artifacts from the a wide range of options to its residents.
area. The museum, located at 316 Seventh St. N. in Colum- While the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was built
bus, is open Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. for barge traffic, it also offers ample opportunities for fishing
Call (662) 327-8888 for information and tours. and water sports.
Rosenzweig Arts Center: The arts center is home to Several golf courses in the Golden Triangle area offer
the Columbus Arts Council, which coordinates and assists challenges to both the occasional hacker and the scratch
in promoting fine and performing arts locally. The CAC also player.
grants funding assistance for various civic and community If tennis is your racket, then both public and private
projects and offers classes and camps for all ages. Visit www. courts are available. A variety of habitats make the Golden
columbus-arts.org for more information, or call (662) 328- Triangle a hunter’s paradise.
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Columbus/Lowndes County
Fishing including the Stennis Lock and Dam and Waverley Landing.
Fishing in and around Columbus can be done at any of The Columbus Marina offers a spot for boaters to come
the following locations: ashore during their travels along the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
Columbus Lake on Tennessee-Tombigbee Water- The Marina is located at the 335-mile marker on the water-
way: Offers 9,000 acres of fresh water for fishing and water way or at 295 Marina Dr., Lock and Dam Road in Colum-
sports, located on West Plymouth Road, call (662) 327-2142 bus. For marina information, call (662) 327-8450.
for more information.
Columbus Lock and Dam East Bank: Located on Golf
Lock and Dam Road. The park opens at 6 a.m. and closes at There are several courses in the area, which can be found
nightfall. Call (662) 245-0461 for more information. at the following locations:
Dewayne Hayes Recreation Area and Campground: Green Oaks Golf Club:
Located at 7934 Barton Ferry Road in Columbus. Call (662) 326 Green Oaks Dr. in Columbus, call (662) 328-3879
434-6939 for more information. for more information
Lake Lowndes State Park: 150-acre lake located at Lion Hills Golf Club:
3319 Lake Lowndes Road in Columbus. Call (662) 328-2110 2331 Military Road in Columbus, call (662) 328-4837
for more information. for more information
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway: 3606 West Plym- Elm Lake Golf Club:
outh Road in Columbus. Call (662) 328-3286. 1609 Taylor Thurston Road in Columbus, call (662)
Several local organizations hold tournaments throughout 329-8964 for more information
the year to give anglers a chance to profit from their favorite
pastime. For information on local tournaments contact the Tennis
Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, (662) 329- Public tennis courts are available throughout the Golden
1191. Triangle area.
In Columbus, tennis courts are located at Propst Park,
Boating, water sports Lake Lowndes State Park and Mississippi University for
Both skiing and recreational boating have become popu- Women. The Magnolia Tennis Club, a private club located
lar activities on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. at 626 Magnolia Lane, has eight rubico courts and four hard
The waterway offers numerous places to launch boats, courts.

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Children playing at Propst Park

Hunting in the Golden Triangle area include both local residents and visitors to the
No matter what your favorite baseball and softball, bowling, horse- area. The Riverwalk features a 4.4-mile
game, the abundance of wildlife in the back riding, volleyball, soccer, disc golf walking path that winds from down-
area offers hunters a variety of challeng- and cycling. For more information town Columbus through trees along
es. about youth organized sports contact the banks of the Tennessee-Tombig-
Deer season in Mississippi gives Greg Lewis with the Columbus Recre- bee River. The path begins near the
hunters a chance to test their skill as a ation Authority at (662) 251-4016 or intersection of College Street and First
still hunter or with dogs. There is also a visit the recreation office located next to Street South and has new additions
bow season and a muzzle-loader season. Propst Park, 2535 Main St. connecting the Riverwalk to the soccer
There are doe days during the season. complex.
Waterfowl, wild turkey and small Local parks Soccer Complex: The downtown
game can also be found throughout the Propst Park: Columbus’ largest soccer complex features 10 soccer fields,
region. park is Propst Park, located at 2535 football fields and a bark park for small
For information on hunting sea- Main St. The park has a spray pad, and large dogs. New playground equip-
sons and licenses, visit the Mississippi skate ramps, softball and baseball fields, ment is also being installed. The soccer
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and batting cages, tennis courts, disc golf, complex is located downtown, near the
Parks website, www.mdwfp.com. community huts and pavilions, a play- intersection of Third Street and Sev-
ground and picnic tables. enth Avenue.
Other recreation Columbus Riverwalk: The Dwayne Hayes Recreation Area:
Other recreation activities available Riverwalk is a popular attraction for Located north of Columbus on Colum-
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bus Lake, Dwayne Hayes offers camp-
ing facilities, hiking trails, a splash pad
and more.
14th Avenue Minipark: Located
on 14th Avenue and 19th Street North,
it has an outdoor basketball court and
playground.
Lake Lowndes State Park and
Opossum Trail: This park, located at
3319 Lake Lowndes Road in Columbus,
has a 150-acre lake, a campground area
with cabins and a 5.6-mile trail. The
park also features a gymnasium, meet-
ing rooms, tennis courts, softball fields,
disc golf, picnic areas and a covered
picnic pavilion. Call (662) 328-2110 for
more information.
Lee Park: Located just off of
Seventh Street North, the park features
a playground, picnic tables, a pavilion
with a BBQ grill and restrooms. Call
(662) 327-4935 for more information.
Ola J. Pickett Park: Located at
9500 Wolfe Road in Caledonia, the
park features baseball and softball
fields, skate park, walking track, disc
golf, two playgrounds, a pavilion with a
BBQ grill and restrooms.
Sandfield Community Cen-
ter: Located at 617 Oak St., the area
features a community center, a pavilion
with picnic tables and a walking track.
Sim Scott Park: Located near the
intersection of 20th Street North and
Eighth Avenue, Sim Scott Park features
a splash pad, baseball and softball fields,
a picnic area, community hut, play-
ground and basketball courts.
Southside Park: Located near
the intersection of Seventh Street and
11th Avenue South, the park features a
baseball field, outdoor basketball courts,
a playground and a pavilion.
Townsend Park: Located near
the intersection of Seventh Avenue
South and 11th Street, the park fea-
tures a baseball field, community center
and playground.

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Starkville/Oktibbeha County

Welcome to

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

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THE FACTS
County: Oktibbeha miles (county)
County seat: Starkville Assessed valuation (2017): City — $242
Population: At the time of the U.S. Census million; County — $397 million
Bureau’s 2010 census, the most recent reported, Public Safety: Firefighters – 67, Police officers
Oktibbeha County had a population of 47,671. The – 56; Sheriff’s deputies – 30
2010 census reported a population of 23,888 in the Climate: On average, July is the warmest
city of Starkville. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated month, and January is the coolest. July: high daily
the 2019 population of Oktibbeha County to be average temperature of 92 degrees, low daily aver-
49,587 and a 2019 Starkville population of 25,653. age temperature of 71 degrees. January: high daily
Government: City – mayor and seven-member average temperature of 53 degrees, low daily average
board of aldermen; County – five-member board of temperature of 32 degrees.
supervisors Major highways: U.S. Highway 82; state high-
Altitude: 335 feet above sea level ways 12, 25, 182 and 383
Area: 25.62 square miles (city); 462 square

The Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering on the campus of Mississippi State University.
Starkville/Oktibbeha County

Lynn Spruill Ben Carver Sandra Sistrunk David Little Jason Walker Hamp Beatty
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 usually open to the public, however, due to the
COVID-19 pandemic the City Council live-streams their meetings on Facebook live.

Mayor Ward 5 City Clerk


Lynn Spruill Hamp Beatty Lesa Hardin
(662) 323-2525 ext. 3100 (662) 418-8978 (662) 323-2525 ext. 3117
l.spruill@cityofstarkville.org h.beatty@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 (662) 232-3208
b.carver@cityofstarkville.org
Ward 7 City Prosecuting Attorney
Ward 2 Henry N. Vaughn, Sr. Caroline Moore
Sandra C. Sistrunk (662) 769-5049 (325) 396-3670
(662) 418-4574 (662) 323-2400
s.sistrunk@cityofstarkville.org h.vaughn@cityofstarkville.org City Judge
J. Brian Kelley
Ward 3 Chief of Police (662) 324-3476
David Little Mark Ballard
(662) 418-9918 (662) 323-4131 Court Clerk
d.little@cityofstarkville.org mballard@cityofstarkville.org Jodi Hogue
(662) 323-2525 ext. 3115
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. Mark Ballard Charles Yarbrough


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

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Starkville/Oktibbeha County

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 2019. The current board will serve through December 2023.

Board of Supervisors Sheriff District 2 County Administrator


District 1, (board president) Steve Gladney Larnzy Carpenter, Jr. Emily Garrard
John Montgomery, Jr. (662) 323-2421 (662) 338-1062 (662) 323-1520
(662) 418-1614 sheriff@sheriff.oktibbeha. egarrard@gtpdd.com
jmontgomery@gtpdd.com ms.us District 3
Charles “Marty” Haug Circuit Clerk
District 2 Fire Services (662) 338-1063 Tony M. Rook
Orlando Trainer Coordinator (662) 323-1356
(662) 769-0071 Patrick Warner Constables trook@oktcircuitcourt.org
otrainer@gtpdd.com Oktibbeha County District 1
Courthouse Annex Shank Phelps Tax Assessor/Collector
District 3 (662) 435-0565 (662) 418-6444 Allen Morgan
Marvell Howard (662) 323-1273
(662) 769-0072 Superintendent District 2 amorgan@gtpdd.com
mhoward@gtpdd.com of Education Curtis D. Randle
Dr. Eddie Peasant (662) 418-2877 Coroner
District 4 (662) 615-0013 Michael Hunt
Bricklee Miller epeasant@starkville.k12.ms.us District 3 (662) 323-4320
(662) 295-2009 James Lindsey
bricklee@gtpdd.com County Board Attorney (662) 465-7507 Oktibbeha County
Loyd “Rob” Roberson Extension Office
District 5, (board (662) 324-3810 County Prosecutor Mississippi State
vice-president) Haley M. Brown University
Joe Williams Justice Court Judges (662) 546-0861 (662) 323-5916
(662) 418-2386 District 1 brownhm@gmail.com 106 Felix Long Dr.
jwilliams@gtpdd.com William “Tony” Boykin, Starkville, MS 39759
Jr. Chancery Clerk
(662) 338-1061 Sharon Livingston
(662) 323-5834
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 usually open to the public, however, due to COVID-19
meetings are live streamed on the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors youtube
channel.

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.


Patrick Warner Eddie Peasant
Fire Services Coordinator Superintendent of Education

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Starkville/Oktibbeha County

GENERAL INFORMATION
Permits, licenses Saturdays. To contact the branch, call (662) 263-8239. The
Building permits, business permits and privilege licenses Sturgis post office, located at 2738 Hwy. 12 W., is open 8-11
may be obtained through the building department or city a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final collec-
clerk’s office at city hall, depending on the license requested. tion times are 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.
Visit city hall at 110 W. Main St. or call (662) 323-2525 for To contact the branch, call (662) 465-7506.
more information.
Refuse collection
Postal service City – Starkville residents do not pay a deposit for resi-
There are a number of post office locations in Starkville dential garbage collection. Though, a monthly fee of $15.25
and Oktibbeha County: is added to residents’ utility bills for the regular service. Trash
The Starkville post office at 822 Taylor St. is a full-ser- is collected twice a week, on either Monday/Thursday or
vice facility open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Tuesday/Friday, depending on a resident’s location within
Friday. Final collection time Monday through Friday is 5:30 the city limits. For more information, call the Sanitation and
p.m., and final collection time on Saturday is 3 p.m. To con- Environmental Services Department at (662) 323-2652.
tact the branch, call (662) 323-4752. County – Golden Triangle Solid Waste Services collects
There is another full-service post office located on the garbage for residents of Oktibbeha County. No deposit is re-
Mississippi State University campus at 414 Lee Blvd. Hours quired to establish service. Residents are billed $13 a month
are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Final collection for service through the Golden Triangle Planning and Devel-
time on weekdays is 4 p.m., and final collection time on Sat- opment Unit. For information about pick-up days for your
urday is 10 a.m. To contact the branch, call (662) 323-5772. area, call (662) 327-6660. To establish service contact the
In Oktibbeha County, full-service post offices exist in Golden Triangle Planning and Development Office at (662)
Maben and Sturgis. The Maben post office, located at 157 324-7860.
Water St., is open 7:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday. Final col-
lection times are 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:45 a.m. on

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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 286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosenergy.
City – To establish service within the city limits, res- com.
idents should bring a form of identification and a copy of
their lease agreement or house deed to the Starkville Utilities Water
Department at 200 N. Lafayette St. The deposit to establish City – Residents may set up both electric and water ser-
electricity is $150. Visit www.starkvilleutilities.com or call vices at the Starkville Utilities Department, 200 N. Lafayette
(662) 323-3133 for more information. St. The deposit to establish electric and water is $185. Visit
County – Newcomers who live outside the city limits www.starkvilleutilities.com or call (662) 323-3133 for more
must apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power As- information.
sociation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county. County – Rural water users will need to establish service
org/residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service with one of the county’s water associations. Deposit amounts
may be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. may vary based on an association’s rates. Hooking up a new
Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned, meter will cost more than simply connecting service.
and emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your
completed application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544 Telephone Service
for important information needed to complete the applica- Home telephone service is provided through AT&T or
tion. MaxxSouth Broadband.
A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are AT&T – 902 ½ Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) 323-
required for residential connection. An additional deposit, 4262
based on a credit check, may be required. Same day service MaxxSouth Broadband – 911 Highway 12 W.,
may be available if all applicable fees and documentation are Starkville; (662) 268-8021
received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. Vonage – To set up service call (800) 608-5590. To sign
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power up for Vonage services, customers must have a wired high-
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- speed internet connection. Visit www.vonage.com for more
day through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-County’s Columbus information.
office is located at 5265 S. Frontage Road.
Wireless Providers
Gas AT&T – 902 ½ Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) 323-
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the 4262
Golden Triangle. C Spire – 337 Highway 12 W., Starkville; (855) 277-
For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888) 4735

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Verizon – 911, 108A Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) Internet Service Providers
324-1113 AFO Dial-Up Access – (662) 323-9491
Cricket Wireless – 823 Highway 12 W., Starkville; Hughes Net – (662) 324-9693
(662) 268-8055 MaxxSouth Broadband – (662) 268-8021
Starkville Rural Satellite – (662) 268-4027

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Churches and a career and technology center. East School, also part of
More than 150 churches exist in Starkville and Oktib- SOCSD, provides an alternative school for grades 5-12, an
beha County, representing numerous Protestant denomina- acceleration program and a GED program. Emerson Family
tions, at least one Catholic church and one Mosque. For a School, a fee-based childcare/pre-school program is also part
complete listing of churches, contact the Greater Starkville of the district. To contact the district, visit 401 Greensboro
Development Partnership at (662) 323-3322. St. or call (662) 324-4050.
Private schools – There are two private schools in the
Education county serving grades K-12:
General information – Notice of registration dates • Starkville Academy, 505 Academy Road. For more
and times for the upcoming school year are published during information call (662) 323-7814.
the summer by area schools. Kindergarten is available to all • Starkville Christian School, 303 Lynn Lane. For more
students in the city and county at both public and private information call (662) 323-7453.
institutions. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years Colleges – Mississippi State University, located in
old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll. A birth certificate and Starkville, has more than 20,000 undergraduate students. It
record of immunization are required for registration. Contact is one of state’s largest universities. The campus has its own
the school district or school for more information. post office and ZIP code and provides many opportunities for
The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. Call MSU’s
(SOCSD) serves the entire Oktibbeha County area with Office of University Relations at (662) 325-3442 for more
four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school information.

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Other colleges in the area include: unit and an emergency room staffed 24 hours a day. 400
• East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle Hospital Road, Starkville; (662) 323-4320
Campus, located just 10 miles from Starkville in Mayhew. To • Starkville Pediatric Clinic – 5 Professional Plaza,
reach the school, call (662) 243-1900 Starkville; (662) 323-0999
• Mississippi University for Women is located 24 miles • State Urgent Care – 521 S. Montgomery Suite 1,
east of Starkville in Columbus. To reach the school, call Starkville; (662) 338-4826
(662) 329-4750. • Urgent Team – 500 Russell St. Suite 3, Starkville;
(662) 324-2244
Libraries
The Starkville Public Library serves as the main Senior Services/Nursing Homes
branch of the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library • Carrington Nursing Center – 307 Reed Road, (662)
System. The library, located at 326 University Dr., is open 323-2202
Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday • Montgomery Gardens – 4348 Old Highway 12 W.,
through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To contact the Starkville (662) 268-4521
Public Library, call (662) 323-2766 or email starkvilleli- • Starkville Manor – 1001 Hospital Road, (662) 323-
brary@gmail.com. 6360
The Maben Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday, • BeeHive Homes of Starkville, 2156 Old West Point
Thursday and Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. and noon-4:30 p.m. To Road, (662) 323-2883
contact the branch, call (662) 263-5619. • Boardtown Village – 905 North Montgomery St.,
The Sturgis Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday, (662) 323-3461
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to contact the branch, • Golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging – 106 Miley
call (662) 465-7493. Dr., (662) 324-7860
All branch libraries offer a children’s story time. To • The Claiborne at Adelaide – 74 Claiborne Way,
receive a library card from your local branch, patrons must Starkville; (662) 268-9555
present proof of their local address. A parent or guardian
must accompany patrons 6-15 years old. Library cards are Transportation
free for county residents. If you live outside Oktibbeha Coun- Car rentals
ty, the fee is $10. • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – 404 Highway 12 West,
Starkville; (662) 323-3389
Media • Hertz Rent A Car - 801 Highway 12 W, Starkville;
The Starkville Dispatch: Call (662) 328-2424 for (662) 320-2380
subscription information. Printed six days a week, Tuesday • Mobyl Car + Truck + Van Rental – 205 Highway 12
through Sunday. Business hours are Monday through Friday, West, Starkville; (662) 461-7368
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Starkville Dispatch office is located at
101 S. Lafayette St. Visit www.cdispatch.com for news and Airports
more information. • Golden Triangle Regional Airport – 2080 Airport
Starkville Daily News: Call (662) 323-1642 for Road, Columbus; (662) 327-4422
subscription information. Printed seven days a week. The • George M. Bryan Airport – 120 Airport Road,
news office is located at 304 E. Lampkin St. Business hours Starkville; (662) 615-1848
are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.
starkvilledailynews.com for news and more information. Bus lines
Television stations serving the area are WOBV, Chan- • SMART Buses – Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit.
nel 5, an independent station licensed to Starkville; WCBI, For bus routes and arrival times visit transit.msstate.edu or
Channel 4, a CBS affiliate in Columbus; WTVA, Channel 9, call (662) 325-5204. Visit smart.msstate.edu for a full list of
an NBC affiliate in Tupelo; and WLOV, Channel 13, a FOX bus routes.
affiliate in Tupelo.
Radio stations in the area: WJZB 88.7 FM, WMAB Accommodations
89.9 FM, WCSO 90.5 FM, WMSV 91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7 Bed & breakfasts
FM, WMSU 92.1 FM, WSYE 93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM, Montgomery B & B – 607 Old West Point Road,
WKOR 94.9 FM, WLZA 96.1 FM, WWMS 97.5 FM, Starkville; (662) 617-8068
WZLQ 98.5 FM, WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS 99.9 FM, WKBB
100.9 FM, WNMQ 103.1 FM, WQJB 104.5 FM, WACR Cabins, camping
105.3 FM, WMXU 106.1 FM, WLSM 107.1 FM, WFCA Starkville KOA Holiday – 2661 County Lake Road,
107.9 FM, WCPC 940 AM, WSSO 1230 AM Starkville; (662) 324-0607
No Curfew Campground – Maben Road, Sturgis;
Medical facilities (662) 418-6118
• Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center, Starkville Cabin Rentals – 1407 Frye Road, Starkville;
built in 1973, has 96 patient beds, a six-bed intensive care (662) 312-0387
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Banks Woodforest Bank:
BancorpSouth: 1010 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 323-4772
400 University Dr., Starkville; (662) 323-9393
802 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 324-5500 Credit Unions
Bank of Commerce: Triangle Federal Credit Union:
315 University Dr, Starkville; (662) 324-0001 12036 MS-182, Starkville; (662) 434-6052
BankFirst Financial Services: Statewide Federal Credit Union:
1000 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 323-3995 333 MS-12, Starkville; (601) 420-5535
101 Russell St., Starkville; (662) 323-9599 United Methodist of MS Federal Credit Union:
Cadence Bank: 100 S. Primrose Ln., Starkville; (662) 324-1255
606 Highway 12 E, Starkville; (662) 324-4241
301 W. Main St., Starkville; (662) 324-4733 Real Estate Agencies
818 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 324-4275 Carole Gaston Realty – 206 East Lampkin St.,
CB and S Bank: Starkville; (662) 268-4809
303 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 324-4864 Coldwell Banker S.R.E. Realtors – 411 E. Lampkin
2720 Highway 12 W, Sturgis; (662) 465-7442 St., Starkville; (662) 323-8700
Citizens Bank of Philadelphia: Crye Leike Properties Unlimited – 500 Russell St
201 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 323-1420 #19, Starkville; (662) 615-0703
Mississippi Land Bank: Dallas and Associates – 1257 Louisville Street,
972 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 323-8150 Starkville; (662) 418-7180
Regions Bank: Dream Team Realty – 1014 N Jackson St Suite F,
300 University Dr., Starkville; (800) 734-4667 Starkville; (662) 205-0111
Renasant Bank: ERA Town and Campus Realty – 111 W. Main St.,
500 East Lampkin Street, Starkville; (662) 338-1200 Starkville; (662) 615-6077
806 Highway 12, Starkville; (662) 338-1131 Jackson Realty – 609 S. Montgomery St., Starkville;
Trustmark: (662) 323-1330
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Maroon and White Realty – 100 Starkville Properties – 100 Rus-
Starr Avenue, Starkville; (662) 615- sell St., Starkville; (662) 324-0037
0703 Tom Smith Land and Homes
McBride and Company Real Es- – 135 Jefferson St., Starkville; (662)
tate – 201 Academy Rd #4, Starkville; 268-6333
(662) 338-0882 Tommy Morgan Realty – 550
Michael Robinson Real Estate Russell St., Suite 104, Starkville; (662)
– 1089 Stark Road, Starkville; (662) 765-3733
338-1888 United Country Bulldog Realty
Re/Max Partners – 306 E. Lamp- – 11265 Hwy 12 W, Starkville; (662)
kin St., Starkville; (662) 498-1111 338-9288

ANNUAL EVENTS
International Fiesta: This fes- while they browse. Contact the Greater
tival, held the first Saturday of April Starkville Development Partnership at
each year, celebrates the diverse mix of (662) 323-3322 for more information.
cultures represented in the community. St. Patrick’s Day Sip and Shop:
The festival features food, music and This annual event held in March allows
dancing. The event is sponsored by locals to drink and eat at participating
the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center stores while they shop and enjoy special
at Mississippi State and is open to the in-store promotions. Contact the Great-
public. Call (662) 325-2033 for more er Starkville Development Partnership
information. at (662) 323-3322 for more informa-
Cotton District Arts Festival: tion.
This free festival is always held the Starkville Restaurant Week:
same weekend in April as MSU’s Super Leading up to Starkville Restaurant
Bulldog Weekend. The Cotton District Week, which is put on by the Greater
Arts Festival, put on by the Starkville Starkville Development Partnership, lo-
Area Arts Council, features live music cals nominate area charities. During the
and arts and craft vendors. Contact the week, held in April each year, the three
arts council at (662) 324-3080 for more charities with the most nominations get
information. placed on a ballot. Partnership restau-
Super Bulldog Weekend: Missis- rants allow people to choose a charity
sippi State University hosts this annual when they eat and at the end of the
spring homecoming. The weekend week, funds are donated to the winning
features a lineup of sporting events, cause. Contact the Greater Starkville
including MSU’s spring football scrim- Development Partnership at (662) 323-
mage, an SEC baseball game and more. 3322 for more information.
The scrimmage game is free, but other King Cotton Crawfish Boil:
events may require a ticket. Contact the Locals compete in this crawfish-cook-
MSU ticket office at (662) 325-2600 ing contest to be the best area crawfish
for information. boiler. The event is held in May each
Souperbowl: This event is a soup year in Starkville’s Cotton District. For
tasting contest put on by the Greater more information, or to sign up, contact
Starkville Development Partnership. the Greater Starkville Development
Chefs from local restaurants prepare the Partnership at (662) 323-3322.
soup for a chance to win a “Best Soup” Downtown at Sundown: This
award. The event takes place in January is a free summer concert series held at
each year in downtown Starkville. Con- Fire Station Park and sponsored by
tact the Greater Starkville Development the Greater Starkville Development
Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more Partnership. Concerts take place May
information. through August on the third Thursday
Unwine: This event, which takes of each month. Contact the Partnership
place around Valentine’s Day each at (662) 323-3322 for more informa-
year, allows locals to shop in downtown tion.
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Juneteenth: To celebrate the Emancipation Proclama-
tion, NAACP in cooperation with the JL King Center orga-
nized this free event for the first time in 2020 and it will be
held on the weekend of June 19th annually for now on. Call
Yulanda Haddix at (856) 220-0222 for more information.
Independence Day Celebration: This annual celebra-
tion takes place on July 4 each year at the Starkville Sports-
plex. Festivities include music, food vendors and a fireworks
show. Contact the Starkville Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment at (662) 323-2294 for more information.
Get Swept Up: This is an annual citywide service day,
during which residents spend time cleaning up the city. It is
The Starkville Community Market offers a variety of local specialties.
held each year on the Wednesday before Mississippi State’s
first home football game in August.
“Little Sturgis” Motorcycle Rally: This family-friendly proceeds are donated to a local organization. Past organiza-
event, held the third weekend in August each year, draws mo- tions have included the Mississippi Special Olympics and the
torcyclists from across the country for a bike show. The event T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disabilities. Contact
features games for children and contests. For more informa- SPD at (662) 323-4134 for more information.
tion, contact Donnie Hanson at (662) 341-0115. Starkville Christmas Parade: Kick off your holiday fes-
New South Weekends: August through November, tivities by joining the Starkville community on Main Street
the Greater Starkville Development Partnership puts on New for the city’s annual Christmas Parade. The parade is held the
South Weekends, featuring a variety of events during those Monday after Thanksgiving and features floats, music and
four months. Events include Starkville’s Night Market, Un- walking groups. Contact the Greater Starkville Development
wine, Pumpkin Palooza, a citywide tailgate and Starkville’s Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
Christmas open house. Contact the Partnership at (662) 323- Holiday Bazaar: This is an event held at The Mill
3322 for more information. in Starkville on the Wednesday and Thursday following
Bulldog Bash: This free event, held each fall, features Thanksgiving. It includes shopping promotions and arts and
a free outdoor concert at Mississippi State. Bulldog Bash is craft vendors. Contact the Greater Starkville Development
typically held the Friday before an SEC home football game. Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
MSU’s Student Association organizes the event. Starkfilled Christmas: Area churches organize caroling
Pumpkin Palooza: Held at the end of October, this each year in cooperation with the Greater Starkville Devel-
weekend-long festival includes trick-or-treating down Main opment Partnership. The event takes place downtown each
Street, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and more. Pump- December and is free and open to the public. Contact the
kin Palooza is part of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.
Partnership’s New South Weekends. Contact the Partnership Holiday Tour of Homes: This self-guided tour allows
at (662) 323-3322 for more information. residents to view beautiful holiday decorations on display
Policeman’s Charity Ball: Each fall the Starkville throughout the city. Contact the Greater Starkville Develop-
Police Department hosts this semi-formal event, from which ment Partnership at (662) 323-3322 for more information.

ATTRACTIONS
Around town information.
Greensboro Historic District: Starkville’s Greensboro Starkville Community Theater: The community the-
Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic ater hosts productions year-round. Call (662) 323-6855 or
Places. Anyone is welcome to drive through the district to visit www.sct-online.org for more information.
view some of the 30 Victorian homes on display.
Mississippi Horse Park: This 100-acre facility, at At Mississippi State
869 E. Poorhouse Road in Oktibbeha County, hosts regu- Chapel of Memories: Built in the early 1960s from the
lar events, including rodeos, motocross, barrel racing and brick of Old Main Dormitory – the first building on Missis-
livestock shows. Call the park at (662) 325-9350 for more sippi State’s campus – the chapel was dedicated in 1965. It is
information or to inquire about upcoming events. often the site of weddings and other student gatherings. The
Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum: The mu- chapel’s tower features 183 bells, which can be heard across
seum highlights local artifacts and people that find their campus.
stories intertwined with that of Oktibbeha County’s. It has Lee Hall: Named for Stephen D. Lee, the first president
both permanent and rotating exhibits. Hours are Tuesdays, of MSU, Lee Hall was built in 1909 as an academic and
Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. administration building and chapel. It has been designated as
Call (662) 323-0211 to schedule an appointment or for more a Mississippi Landmark.
Mitchell Memorial Library: The library recently un-
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derwent a multi-million dollar renovation, which established Mennonite bakery in Brooksville, you’ll fall in love with a
a Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Gallery and a Frank variety of special treats from pastries to Po’boy sandwiches.
and Virginia Williams civil war collection. The library houses Hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call
volumes, including manuscripts, maps and four special collec- (662) 738-5795.
tions.
Templeton Music Museum: The museum, located Local parks
on the fourth floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library, tells Starkville Sportsplex: A multi-purpose facility that
a story about the business of music. Starkville businessman includes four youth softball fields, four adult softball fields,
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 en- ment, a musical trail and one basketball court.
tertainment, fine restaurants, more than 500 hotel rooms and Moncrief Park: This Starkville park, located on North
more at two casinos: The Silver Star Hotel and Casino and Jackson Street, offers playground equipment, an inline hock-
The Golden Moon Hotel and Casino. Located on Highway ey court, a pavilion, a public swimming pool and Starkville’s
16 West near Philadelphia. Call (866) 447-3275 for more Dog Park.
information. Patriots Park: The park has a pavilion and playground
Ole Country Bakery: When you visit this traditional equipment and is located on Whitfield Street in Starkville.

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W e s t P O i n t / C l ay C o u n t y

Welcome to

CLAY COUNTY was organized May 12, 1871. of the Mississippi Main Street Association.
The county was created from parts of Chickasaw, Like nearby Columbus, West Point lays claim
Lowndes, Monroe as well as Oktibbeha counties and to having Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto come
originally named Colfax County after Schuyler Col- close to what is now the modern-day city during an
fax, Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant. In 1876, expedition in 1541. De Soto brought new breeds of
the Mississippi legislature changed the name to Clay horses and hogs with him and in doing so helped
County to honor American statesman Henry Clay, establish what would become a major part of the local
secretary of state under John Quincy Adams. economy — swine farming.
WEST POINT holds the Clay County seat, Officially incorporated in 1858, West Point
though several smaller communities are present — boasts a unique and elegant example of antebellum
including Cedar Bluff, Pheba, Montpelier, Abbott, architecture — Waverley Mansion. The octagonal
Grifth and Siloam. The Tombigbee River borders mansion, built by Col. George Hampton Young, is
Clay County to the east and nearby railways and a registered historic landmark and is open for tours
major highways offer extensive transportation for during weekends.
budding industry. As the northern-most of three The city’s defining moment came in 1909 when
towns constituting the Golden Triangle and just 50 J.C. Bryan Sr. began selling pork products out of a
miles south of Tupelo, Clay County residents enjoy West Point storefront. Although the Bryans sold
easy access to nearby universities, airports, industries the business to Sara Lee Food and Beverage Corp.
and leisure and recreational activities. in 1968, Bryan brand foods were produced in West
Located eight miles north of Highway 82 on Point until March 2007 when Sara Lee shut the plant
Highway 45 Alternate, West Point is a small town down and laid off more than 1,200 employees.
with budding Southern charm. Under the direction of the Golden Triangle
As the birthplace of renowned Blues musician Development LINK, West Point and Clay County
Howlin’ Wolf — an inductee into both the Blues have witnessed the expansion of a number of local
Foundation’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll manufacturing businesses, including Navistar, Plum
Hall of Fame — West Point boasts a rich and lively Creek Environmental, Ellis Steel and Royal Trucking.
cultural scene. Boasting murals throughout the town In the spring of 2018, poultry processing company
to its annual Prairie Arts Festival, it’s a certified Main Peco Foods announced it was bringing 300 jobs to the
Street Community and was one of the first members town in 2019.

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THE FACTS
County: Clay Public safety: Firefighters – 21 firefighters
County seat: West Point in the city, 70 volunteer firefighters for the county;
Population: The most recent formal census, Police officers – 35; Sheriff’s deputies – 27
recorded in 2010, reported a population of 11,307 Climate: On average, July is the warmest
in the city and 20,634 in the county. The U.S. month, and January is the coolest month. January
Census estimated a 2019 population of 10,404 in daily average temperatures: high of 51 degrees, low
West Point and 19,316 in Clay County. of 30 degrees; July daily average temperatures: high
Government: City – mayor and board of of 93 degrees, low of 70 degrees
five selectmen; County — five-member board of Major highways running through the coun-
supervisors ty: U.S. 45 Alternate; Highway 50
Altitude: 223 feet above sea level Industry: Manufacturing of truck and bus
Area: 21.13 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

Waverly Mansion
W e s t P o i n t / C l ay C o u n t y

CITY OFFICIALS
A mayor and board of five 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. Meetings are usually open to the public, however,
due to the COVID-19 pandemic the City Council live-streams their meetings on
Facebook live. City Hall is located at 580 Commerce St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. For more information, call (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 City Judges


Robbie Robinson Ken Poole Avery Cook Bennie L. Jones, Jr.
(662) 295-4716 (662) 295-9125 84 East Westbrook Street (662) 494-1024
rrobinson@wpnet.org kenpoole7@comcast.net (662) 494-1244 Mark Cliett
acook@wpnet.org (662) 494-4999
Board of selectmen/ Ward 4
women Keith McBrayer Fire Chief
Ward 1 (662) 494-0661 Ken Wilbourne
Leta Turner mcbrayer@wpms.net (662) 494-2105
(662) 295-9140 kwilbourne@wpnet.org
lturner@wpnet.org Ward 5
Jasper Pittman City Attorney
Ward 2 (662) 295-8715 Orlando Richmond, Sr.
William Binder jpittman7273@gmail.com (601) 948-5711
(662) 295-9103
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 2019 and their terms will expire in 2022. Board meetings are usually 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., however, due to COVID-19 meetings are currently closed to the public. The board may choose
to set additional nightly meetings. (662) 494-3124

Board of Supervisors District 4 Board Attorney Circuit Clerk


District 1 Shelton L. Deanes Angela Turner-Ford Kim Brown Hood
Lynn “Don” Horton (662) 494-7884 (barn) angela@bturnerlaw.com (662) 494-3384
(662) 494-6851 (barn) (662) 494-3313 (office) khood@claycounty.ms.gov
(662) 494-3313 (office) (662) 494-2104 (home) Justice Court Judges
(662) 494-0719 (home) (662) 295-6110 (cell) Thomas Hampton and Tax Assessor and
(662) 295-2323 (cell) Chris McBrayer Collector
lhorton@claycounty.ms.gov District 5 (662) 494-6140 Porsha Lee
Joe D. Chandler (662) 494-3432
District 2 (662) 494-4942 (barn) Constables (662) 494-2724
Luke Lummus (662) 494-3313 (office) District 1 plee@claycounty.ms.gov
(662) 494-5442 (barn) (662) 295-3240 (cell) Sherman Ivy
(662) 494-3313 (office) jchandler@claycounty.ms.gov District 2 Coroner
(662) 494-7037 (home) Charles “Lewis” Stafford, Alvin Carter
(662) 295-7037 (cell) Board Secretary Jr. (662) 492-4455
Nikki Cude
District 3, (board president) (662) 494-3313 Chancery Clerk
R.B. Davis ncude@claycounty.ms.gov Amy G. Berry
662) 494-3580 (barn) (662) 494-3124
(662) 494-3313 (office) Sheriff aberry@claycounty.ms.gov
(662) 494-6084 (home) Eddie Scott
(662) 295-1874 (cell) Clay County Sheriff’s
Department All emergency services in the county may be reached by
rbdavis@claycounty.ms.gov dialing 911.
(662) 494-2896
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Permits, licenses each year, as they become delinquent thereafter. According to
Building permits – Building permits may be obtained statute, county and city tax millage rates are set by the Board
at the building inspector’s office at 331 Washington St. Call of Supervisors and must be determined by Sept. 15 each year.
(662) 494-6601. For more information contact Eddie Longstreet, West Point’s
Privilege licenses – Privilege licenses, or business per- city clerk, at city hall or via email at elongstreet@wpnet.org.
mits, may be obtained at city hall: 580 Commerce St. Call Where to pay taxes – Municipal and city ad valorem
(662) 494-2573. taxes are to be paid at West Point City Hall: 580 Commerce
St., (662) 494-2573. County taxes and state ad valorem taxes
Postal service are payable at the Clay County Courthouse: 365 Court St.,
West Point has a full service post office at 376 Com- (662) 494-3124.
merce St. Retail hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart-
to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9-11 a.m. The last pickup of the ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office
day is 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. on Sat- covering Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties is located at
urday. Call (662) 494-3303. 1935 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo. Call (662) 842-4316 for
Stamps may be purchased at Walmart located at 5509 the Tupelo branch or visit www.dor.ms.gov for more informa-
Highway 45 Alt. S. tion on state tax information. Some payments may be made
Cedarbluff and Pheba each have a full service post office. online.
Retail hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 Homestead exemption – City and county applications
a.m. for homestead exemption on property should be filed each
15363 MS-50, Cedarbluff, (662) 494-2458 year no later than April 1 at the county tax office, 205 Court
101 N. Beasley Road, Pheba; (662) 494-6713 St. in West Point. A person filing for homestead exemption
for the first time should present the warranty deed for the
Refuse collection property, their Clay County automobile tag number(s), at
City – Within the city limits, garbage is collected week- least one form of identification, social security number(s), the
ly. The monthly fee for residents is $15.50. West Point also purchase price and down payment amount of the home, and
has a city recycling program. Residents pay a one-time fee the house deed. For anyone filing because of a disability, they
of $60 at city hall for a recycling bin. Recyclable items are must present the original award letter stating they are 100
collected every other Tuesday. For more information on city percent disabled and the date he/she became disabled.
refuse collection call Public Works director Joey Wright at Any applicant must have been living in the home on Jan.
(662) 524-0102. 1 of the year for which he or she is filing. The home must
County – The Clay County Board of Supervisors is have been purchased by Dec. 31 of the previous year and
in charge of the county’s garbage collection services. Trash recorded no later than Jan. 7.
is collected weekly by district. The monthly fee is $10. For For more information, contact Clay County Tax Asses-
information on the schedule for your area, contact county sor Porsha Lee at (662) 494-3432.
supervisor Luke Lummus at (662) 295-7037.
The White Goods Collection site may be used by Clay Voter registration
County residents to dispose of mattresses, appliances and In order to vote in Mississippi, a person must be a citi-
other household items. However, no household garbage is zen of the United States, reside in the state and be 18 years
allowed to be disposed of at the site. The site is located on of age on or before the election date. To register, visit the
Highway 47 near Lake Grove Road and is open Wednesday, Circuit Clerk’s office in the Clay County Courthouse, located
Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 205 Court St., West Point. A person must be registered
at least 30 days prior to vote in municipal, county, state and
Taxes national elections.
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valor- For more information, contact Clay County Circuit
em taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Oct. 15 Clerk’s office at (662) 494-3384.

UTILITIES
Electricity Deposits will vary for renters and homeowners, accord-
City — Within the city limits, newcomers, whether ing to usage. Renters must present a lease agreement. For
renting or owning, must present two forms of identification further information on billing and services, contact the West
to the West Point Water and Light Department’s administra- Point Water and Light Department at (662) 494-1432.
tive office at 644 Broad St. to establish services. One form of County — Those moving to Clay County will have to
identification must include a recent photo. Acceptable second apply for membership with 4-County Electric Power Associ-
forms of identification include social security cards, passports, ation. Applications may be retrieved from www.4county.org/
voter registration cards and birth certificates. residential-apply-for-service/. The application for service may
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be completed online; downloaded and mailed to P.O. Box the association’s office at 438 Mayhew Road, Mayhew. The
351, Columbus, MS 39703; or downloaded, scanned and deposit for service is $100 for homeowners and $150 for
emailed to support@4county.org. Before sending your com- renters. For more information contact the Golden Triangle
pleted application, contact 4-County at (800) 431-1544 for Water Association at (662) 327-3008.
important information needed to complete the application.
A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are Home telephone service providers
required for residential connection. An additional deposit, AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
based on a credit check, may be required. Same day service locations:
may be available if all applicable fees and documentation are 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- 39759; (662) 323-4262
day through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4-County has two of-
fice locations: 5265 S. Frontage Road, Columbus, MS 39701 Wireless providers
and 9776 Mississippi Highway 25 S., Starkville, MS 39759. AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
locations:
Gas 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in the 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
Golden Triangle. 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
For more information, contact Atmos Energy at (888) 39759; (662) 323-4262
286-6700, or visit the company’s website: www.atmosener- C Spire – 347 Highway 45 Alt. S., West Point; (855)
gy.com. 277-4735
Verizon – Russell Cellular West Point, 70 Airport Road,
Water West Point; (662) 605-3469
County — The West Point Water and Light Depart-
ment handles water service to the majority of county resi- Internet/Broadband Options
dents. For a few hundred residents not under city authority, AT&T – Service may be set up at any of the following
the Golden Triangle Water Association provides water locations:
services. 2005 Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7721
Rural residents setting up service with Golden Triangle 907-A Alabama St., Columbus; (662) 244-0009
Water Association must present their driver’s license, proof 902 ½ Mississippi Highway 12 W., Starkville, MS
of residency, and rent or lease agreement (if applicable) to 39759; (662) 323-4262

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Churches Point. Website: www.westpoint.k12.ms.us
West Point is home to more than 70 churches, ranging Parochial schools – Hebron Christian School
in denomination from Baptist to Catholic to Methodist as (pre-K-12): 5100 Henryville Road, Pheba; (662) 494-7513;
well as Presbyterian and many more. www.hebronchristianschool.com
Private schools – Oak Hill Academy (pre-K-12): 1682
Education N. Eshman Ave., West Point; (662) 494-5043; www.oakhil-
General information – Registration is held each sum- lacademy.net
mer for the year’s fall term. Notice of registration is published
prior to that time. Contact schools directly for exact registra- Colleges
tion dates. • East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle
Kindergarten in West Point is available to all students in Campus, is located 10 miles south of West Point.
both public and private schools. Those entering kindergarten • Mississippi University for Women is 21 miles east in
must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1. A birth certifi- Columbus.
cate, a Social Security card, and a record of immunization are • Mississippi State University is 18 miles southwest in
required for registration. Starkville.
Public schools – The West Point Consolidated School
District serves Clay County. There are four elementary Library
schools, one middle school, one high school and a career and The Bryan Public Library is located at 436 Commerce
technology center. The West Point Learning Center (grades St. The library serves as the headquarters for the Tombigbee
5-12) provides alternative education. The district’s superin- Regional Library System, which encompasses three counties
tendent is Mr. Burnell McDonald. To contact the school dis- in Northeast Mississippi and includes eight branches.
trict, call (662) 494-4242 or visit 359 Commerce St., West Special services provided by Bryan Public Library in-
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clude an adult literacy program, an inter-library loan service, WLSM 107.1 FM, WFCA 107.9 FM, WCRV 640 AM,
summer reading programs for youth, and a children’s story WCPC 940 AM, WTWG 1050 AM, WSSO 1230 AM,
time year-round. WWZQ 1240 AM
The library’s hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m-6 p.m.
and Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the library at (662) 494-4872 Medical facilities
for more information. • North Mississippi Medical Center – West Point is a
full-service, 60-bed medical and surgical facility located at
Media 835 Medical Center Drive. The private, not-for-profit hospi-
The Commercial Dispatch: 516 Main St., Columbus; tal opened in 1985 and is a North Mississippi Health Ser-
Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. vices affiliate. (662) 495-2300
Call (662) 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed In Tupelo, just 50 miles north of West Point, North
Sunday through Friday. Mississippi Medical Center provides extended services. The
The Daily Times Leader: 221 E. Main St., West Point; Tupelo hospital is a regional referral center and Level II
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. designated trauma center. For more information call (662)
Call (662) 494-1422 for subscription information. Printed 377-3000.
Wednesday and Saturday.
Television stations serving the area include WLOV Nursing homes, assisted living
(Fox affiliate) of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of Columbus; • West Point Community Living Center – 1122 N.
and WTVA (NBC and ABC affiliate) of Tupelo. Eshman Ave.,West Point; (662) 494-6011
Radio stations in the area: WJZB 88.7 FM, WALN • Dugan Memorial Home – 26894 E. Main Street,
89.3 FM, WMAB 89.9 FM, WCSO 90.5 FM, WMSV West Point; (662) 494-3640
91.1 FM, WAJS 91.7 FM, WMSU 92.1 FM, WGTC 92.7 •Waverly Care Home – 377 W. Broad Street, West
FM, WSYE 93.3 FM, WZBQ 94.1 FM, WKOR 94.9 Point; (662) 494-0074
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, Transportation
WAJV 98.9 FM, WSMS 99.9 FM, WKBB 100.9 FM, Cars rentals
WFTA 101.9 FM, WNMQ 103.1 FM, WWKZ 103.9 FM, • Enterprise, rental locations near West Point – 2207
WQJB 104.5 FM, WACR 105.3 FM, WMXU 106.1 FM, Highway 45 N., Columbus; (662) 328-7610

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404 Highway 12 W., Starkville; (662) 323-3389 BankFirst Financial Services:
2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 327-6095 538 US-45 Alt., West Point; (662) 494-1964
• Budget – 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 328- 7342 Highway 45 Alt. N., West Point; (662) 494-1964
7824 Cadence Bank:
• Hertz – 2080 Airport Road, Columbus; (662) 327- 107 Commerce Street, West Point; (662) 494-5284
5121 215 Hwy 45 S., West Point; (662) 494-1731
Regions Bank:
Airports 26661 E. Main St., West Point; (662) 494-6972
• McCharen Field, local airport with the capabilities to Renasant Bank:
support corporate jet aircrafts and small private and sport 27363 E. Main Street, West Point; (877) 367-5371
planes. 26164 E. Main Street, West Point; (662) 495-5454
• Golden Triangle Regional Airport, third largest airport Woodforest Bank:
in the state and just a 15-minute drive from West Point. This 1313 US 45 S., West Point; (662) 494-4848
commercial airport is supported primarily by Delta Connec-
tion flights. Real Estate Agencies
Copeland McLean Real Estate – 26467 E. Main St.,
Accommodations West Point; (662) 295-0326
Camping, cabins Hometown Realty – 26489 E. Main St., West Point;
Bryan Lodge – 3990 Old Vinton Rd, West Point; (662) (662) 492-0223
494-5858 Mid-South Real Estate LLC – 26040 W. Main St.,
West Point; (662) 630-5430
Banks Mossy Oak Properties Bottomland – 5741 Hwy 45
BancorpSouth: Alt. S., West Point; (662) 495-1121
662 E. Broad St., West Point; (662) 494-4431 Old Waverly Real Estate and Development – 1 Mag-
nolia Dr., West Point; (662) 494-6463

ANNUAL EVENTS
Prairie Arts Festival: The Saturday before Labor Day other handmade goods at the Mossy Oak Pavilion in West
each year, more than 300 area artists, craftsmen and vendors Point. The farmers market is held on Thursdays from 5-6:30
participate in the Prairie Arts Festival, held in West Point’s p.m.
historic downtown. Admission is free. A 5K run is held in Macon Hay Day: This traditional fall farmers market
conjunction with the festival, and live music fills the streets is held each year on the first or second Saturday of October
for what has been called “one of the top 10 events in the and features live music, a hay ride, pumpkin vendors and fall
South” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more informa- activities for the whole family.
tion on this year’s event visit prairieartsfestival.org. Boo Parade: Costumes and candy for kids and fun for
Black Prairie Blues Festival: Formerly the “Howlin’ the whole family. Always on Halloween.
Wolf Blues Festival,” the Black Prairie Blues Festival is held Christmas Parade: Usually held in early December, the
each year on the Friday before the Prairie Arts Festival. This parade runs through historic downtown West Point. Par-
event honors blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, a West Point na- ticipating floats have the opportunity to be judged for cash
tive, and other musicians who have contributed to the area’s prizes.
renowned music and cultural scenes. For more information on events in the West Point area,
West Point Farmers Market: Each year from May to contact the West Point Growth Alliance at (662)4 94-5121
August local farmers, craftsmen and bakers sell produce and or email info@westpointms.org.

ATTRACTIONS
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum: 57 E. Westbrook St., Waverly Plantation Mansion: 1852 Waverly Mansion
(662) 295-8361. The Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum features Road, (662) 494-1399. Waverly Mansion is a renovated
memorabilia and information honoring Howlin’ Wolf and antebellum home with unique architecture, including an
the many other musicians from the Black Prairie Region. octagonal shaped cupola and self-supporting curved stair-
Hours: By appointment only. ways, which has been renovated and opened for tours. Hours:
Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum: 5 Depot Dr., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
(662) 494-8910 West Point-Clay County Arts Council: P.O. Box 105,
(662) 494-5678
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Old Waverly: Named “Mississippi’s #1 Golf Course” Jesse Harmon Sports Complex: Located at 307 Mac
and one of “America’s Top 100 Courses,” 1 Magnolia Dr., Cox Road, features a new splash pad, and is home to baseball
(662) 494-6463 and soccer fields.
Mossy Oak Golf Course: 1 Mossy Oak Dr., (662) Marshall Park: Located at 120 Wood St., this park of-
524-1000 fers a disc golf course, a half-mile walking path, tennis courts,
Prairie Wildlife Preserve: Provides outdoor and wild- picnic areas, covered verandas, a skateboarding park and a
life experiences on a nearly 6,000-acre property in the heart recently installed playground.
of Mississippi’s black belt region. Guests can enjoy quail Zuber Park: Located at 6470 Highway 45 Alt. , this
hunting, white-tailed deer hunting, rabbit and dove hunt- park offers tennis courts, basketball courts and walking paths.
ing, bird watching and horseback riding. 4225-B. Bryan Dr., Kid Town: Located at 283 East St., this park offers a
(662) 494-1235 playground in the center of historic downtown and is de-
West Point Hall of Fame Museum: Located at 580 signed for young children. It offers ideal spaces to host birth-
Commerce St. (upstairs in city hall) day parties and picnics.
Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway: Located at 186
Local parks E. Westbrook St., features a 3.75-mile recreational walkway
Town Creek Recreation Area: Offers 100 campsites, running through town. The pathway replaced railroad tracks
is equipped for recreational vehicles, and has a wash-room that formerly ran through the city and is informally known as
facility. The campground area has a multi-use shelter, a bike the “Rails to Trails Parkway.”
trail, hiking trails, two children’s play lots and two multi-use Other area parks include:
play courts. • Sportsman Park, 120 Fifth St.
Sally Kate Winters Memorial Park: Located at 731 • Half Mile Park, 287 W. Half Mile St.
E. Broad St., this park features fountains, an old-fashioned • Progress Street Park, 275 Progress St.
bandstand for special events, a playground for children, a • West Point Recreation Center, 119 Wood St.
gazebo, and an “Arbor of Memories,” made with bricks pur- • Bryan Reading Park, 436 Commerce St.
chased in memory of loved ones.
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Macon/Noxubee County

Welcome to

NOXUBEE COUNTY was one of 26 counties ga.” The town’s name was changed to Macon – for
in Mississippi resulting from Indian cession east Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina congressman
of the Mississippi River. On Sept. 27, 1830, the and U.S. speaker of the house – on Aug. 10, 1835.
United States entered into a treaty, known as the The Andrew Jackson Military Road crossed
Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty, with the Choctaw the Noxubee River, which runs near the present
Indians. The tribe signed the treaty on what is town, just west of Macon.
now Noxubee County land. The treaty, through Much of life in Macon revolves around the
which Choctaws surrendered land to white settlers, land, from cattle grazing to catfish farming.
was the first removal treaty filled under the Indi- The Mennonite congregations spread across
an Removal Act of 1830. In December 1833, the Noxubee represent a substantial part of its popu-
State Legislature authorized Noxubee as a county. lation and economy. Though they interact freely
Today, Noxubee County’s three largest com- with the community, Mennonites maintain a
munities – Macon, Brooksville and Shuqualak – sit separate and distinct culture. Social life revolves
along US Highway 45, which runs north and south around church; children attend church-run
through the county. schools.
In the largely rural area, MACON serves as Mennonite farmers tend large tracts of cot-
the county seat and the center of community life. ton, corn and soybeans. Catfish farming is another
Macon was founded on Feb. 9, 1833 as “Talade- agricultural mainstay.

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THE FACTS
County: Noxubee Dept. – 6
County seat: Macon Climate: On average, August is the warmest
Population: Population statistics from the month, and January is the coolest month. August
2010 U.S. Census, the most recent recorded, report daily average temperatures: high of 92 degrees, low
a county population of 11,546. In 2019, the U.S. of 69 degrees; January daily average temperatures:
Census Bureau estimated a county population high of 55 degrees, low of 32 degrees.
of 10,417. Macon currently has 3,100 residents, Major highways: U.S. Highway 45
according to the town’s website. Industry: The primary manufacturing indus-
Government: City – mayor and board of al- try in Noxubee County nods to the county’s history
dermen; County – five-member board of supervisors as a farming community. Noxubee county facilities
Altitude: 197 feet above sea level produce lumber, trailers, forest products and utility
Area: 3.85 square miles (city); 700 square poles. Fish and chicken products are processed at
miles (county) Superior Fish Products and Peco Foods.
City statistics: Firefighters – 22 volunteer
fighters and paid chief; Police officers – 8; Sheriff

Church of the Nativity Episcopal


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. Meetings are usually open to the public, however, due to the
COVID-19 pandemic the City Council live-streams their meetings on Facebook live

Bob Boykin
Mayor

Mayor Ward 3 Chief of Police City Attorney


Bob Boykin Tommy Campbell Davine Beck Roderick “Ricky” Walker
(662) 726-5847 Macon Police Dept. (662) 726-5977
bboykin@cityofmacon.org Ward 4 (662) 726-5838
Willie Dixon, Jr. City Judge
Board of Aldermen Fire Chief Timothy L. Gowan
Ward 1 Alderman-at-large David Estes (662) 726-2918
Earnest Harmon Phillip “Buz” McGuire (662) 726-5847
(662) 726-5847
Ward 2
James Watkins

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 usually open to the public, however, due to COVID-19 meetings are currently closed for 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) 327-4211 (662) 726-5737
(662) 361-8492 noxctycircuitcourtclerkfre-
Sheriff Justice Court Judges dap@gmail.com
District 2 Tommy Roby Dirk Dickson and Doro-
William Oliver (662) 726-5133 thy Stewart Tax Assessor and
(662) 361-0772 Collector
Constables Emmit Mickens
District 3 Interim Superintendent Frank Draper and (662) 726-4744
Doris Patterson of Education Derone Moseley
(662) 361-5550 Rodriguez F. Broadnax (662) 726-5834 Coroner
(662) 726-4527 R.L. Calhoun
District 4, (board president) Chancery Clerk (662) 361-0740
Eddie Coleman Mary Shelton
(662) 361-1565 (662) 726-4243

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 each year.
City – Building permits and business licenses may be Where to pay taxes – Municipal, county and state ad va-
obtained at Macon City Hall. Call (662) 726-5847 for more lorem taxes are payable to the Noxubee County tax collector’s
information or visit city hall at 105 W. Pulaski St. office, located at 2832 Jefferson St. Suite 2, in Macon.
County – Business permits and licenses for county State income tax is payable to the Mississippi Depart-
residents may be obtained at the county tax assessor’s office, ment of Revenue by April 17. The DOR’s district office
located in the Noxubee County Courthouse – 505 Jefferson covering Noxubee County is located at 900-A Highway 19 S.
St., Macon. in Meridian. Call (601) 438-2273 for the Meridian branch or
visit www.dor.ms.gov for more information on state tax infor-
Postal service mation. Some payments may be made online.
Noxubee County has three full-service post offices. Homestead exemption – Applications for homestead
Macon — 3022 Jefferson St.; final collection is 4:15 p.m. exemption on property should be filed each year by the last
Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: working day in March at the county tax office, located at 2832
Monday through Wednesday and Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 Jefferson St. A person filing for homestead exemption for the
p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 9-11 a.m.; (662) first time should present the tax office with his/her property
726-5420 deeds, the Social Security numbers for him/herself and spouse,
Brooksville — 11 E. Depot St.; final collection is 4:15 and vehicle tags for all vehicles registered in Noxubee County.
p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: For anyone filing because of a disability, they must present the
Monday through Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to noon, and original award letter stating they are 100 percent disabled and
1-4 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday 8-10 a.m.; (662) the date he/she became disabled.
738-5890 Any applicant must have been living in the home on Jan.
Shuqualak — 135 Pine St.; final collection is 3:45 p.m. 1 of the year for which he or she is filing. The home must have
Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday; Hours: been purchased by Dec. 31 of the previous year and recorded
Monday through Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m., no later than Jan. 7.
Saturday 8-10 a.m.; (662) 793-4839 For more information, contact the Noxubee County Tax
Assessor/Collector’s office at (662) 726-4744.
Refuse collection
Waste Pro, which has an office in Columbus, collects Voter registration
garbage in Macon and areas of Noxubee County. In Macon, In order to vote in Mississippi, a person must be a citizen
garbage is collected Monday and Thursday. In the county, of the United States, reside in the state and be 18 years of
garbage is collected Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday age on or before the election date. To register, visit the Circuit
depending on location. The monthly fee for city and county Clerk’s office in the Noxubee County Courthouse, located
residents is $14, which is included on residents’ utility bills. at 505 Jefferson St. in Macon. A person must be registered
at least 30 days prior to vote in municipal, county, state and
Taxes national elections.
Personal taxes – State, county and municipal ad valorem For more information, contact the Noxubee County Cir-
taxes, except on motor vehicles, must be paid by Feb. 1 of each cuit Clerk, Freda Phillips, at (662) 726-5737.
year. County and city tax millage rates are set prior to Oct. 1 of

UTILITIES

Electric County — Those moving outside Macon’s town limits


City — Newcomers to Macon establish water, electric into Noxubee County will have to apply for membership with
and garbage collection services with the Macon Electric and 4-County Electric Power Association. Applications may be
Water Department. Whether renting or owning, residents retrieved from www.4county.org/residential-apply-for-service/.
must bring two forms of identification (one of which must The application for service may be completed online; down-
include a photo ID) to the department’s office, located at 312 loaded and mailed to P.O. Box 351, Columbus, MS 39703; or
Jefferson St. in Macon, to secure service. Renters must present downloaded, scanned and emailed to support@4county.org.
their lease agreement, and homeowners must present the deed Before sending your completed application, contact 4-County
to their property. Service deposits are the same among renters at (800) 431-1544 for important information needed to com-
and homeowners: $200 for electricity connection, $50 for plete the application.
water hook-up, and $25 for garbage collection. For more infor- A $25 membership fee and a $25 connection fee are re-
mation contact the Macon Electric and Water Department at quired for residential connection. An additional deposit, based
(662) 726-5251. on a credit check, may be required.

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Same day service may be available if all applicable fees Columbus:
and documentation are received by 4-County by 3:30 p.m. 907-A Alabama St.; (662) 244-0009
For more information, contact 4-County Electric Power 2005 Highway 45 N., (662) 328-7721
Association’s customer call center at (800) 431-1544 Mon- Home telephone service may also be secured through
day through Friday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 4-County has two office Vonage. To set up service call (800) 608-5590. To sign up for
locations: 5265 S. Frontage Road, Columbus and 9776 MS Vonage services, customers must have a wired high-speed inter-
Highway 25 S., Starkville. net connection. Visit www.vonage.com for more information.

Gas Cell service providers


Atmos Energy is the primary gas service provider in Nox- Cell phone service may be set up AT&T stores in
ubee County. For more information on service, contact Atmos Starkville and Columbus.
Energy at (888) 286-6700, or visit the company’s website: C Spire – The closest store to Noxubee County is in
www.atmosenergy.com. Starkville
337 Highway 12 W.; (855) 277-4735.
Water Verizon – The closest store to Noxubee County is in
Rural water users will need to establish service with one Columbus
of the area’s water associations. Usually associations charge a 1725 Highway 45 N, Suite 2; (662) 328-1160
deposit and a connection fee. The cost of hookup will be more
if a new water meter is required. For more information, contact Internet/Broadband Options
the municipality closest to your residence. AT&T – service may be set up AT&T stores in Starkville
and Columbus
Telephone services Exceed Technologies – 2787 S. Frontage Road, Colum-
To establish home telephone service, Noxubee County bus; (662) 328-8333
residents may visit any nearby AT&T store, including locations Viasat – Satellite internet service may be set up through a
in Starkville and Columbus. nearby retailer:
Starkville: Gator Computers – 448 Hwy 12 W., Starkville; (662)
902 ½ MS Highway 12 W.; (662) 323-4262 323-4900

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Churches • Meridian Community College, about 54 miles from


Noxubee County has over 100 active churches. Many Macon, in Meridian.
are concentrated in and around Macon, the county’s seat, • University of Alabama, about 69 miles from Macon, in
but churches spread to all corners of Noxubee. The churches Tuscaloosa, Ala.
include primarily protestant denominations and several sites • Shelton State Community College, about 72 miles from
with rich histories. Macon, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Itawamba Community College, about 81 miles from
Education Macon, in Fulton.
General information — Registration for students in the • Holmes Community College, about 94 miles from Ma-
Noxubee County School District takes place each year near con, in Goodman.
the end of July. Notice of registration is published prior to that • East Mississippi Community College, about 30 miles
time on the District’s website: www.noxcnty.k12.ms.us. from Macon, in Scooba.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or • University of West Alabama, about 50 miles from Ma-
before Sept. 1. To register for classes, parents must present the con, in Livingston, Ala.
school at which they are registering with their child’s birth cer-
tificate, record of immunization, and two proofs of residency. Library
Public schools – Earl Nash Elementary School, Macon The Noxubee County Public Library is a three-branch
(grades K-4); Reed Elementary School, Shuqualak (grades system, operating in Macon, Brooksville and Shuqualak.
K-6); Wilson Elementary School, Brooksville (grades K-6); B.F. The Ada S. Fant Library in Macon, located at 145 S.
Liddell Middle School, Macon (grades 5-8); Noxubee County Dr. MLK Jr. Drive, is the main branch. Its hours are 8 a.m.-6
High School, Macon (grades 9-12) p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Macon
library offers computer services, faxing, printing, genealogy ser-
Colleges vices, children’s story time programs, computer classes and free
• Mississippi University for Women, about 30 miles from Wi-Fi. To contact the Macon branch, call (662) 726-5461.
Macon, in Columbus. The Brooksville Public Library is located at 100 W.
• Mississippi State University, about 35 miles from Ma- Main St. in Brooksville. Its hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday, Tues-
con, in Starkville. day and Thursday and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday. For the Brooks-
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ville Public Library, call (662) 738-4559. Nursing homes
The Vista J. Daniel Memorial Library in Shuqualak is • Noxubee County Nursing Home – 606 Jefferson St.,
located at 402 Residence St. Its hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday, Macon; (662) 726-2097
Tuesday and Thursday and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday. For the • Elderly Care Center – 496 Magnolia Dr., Macon; (662)
Shuqualak library, call (662) 793-9576. 726-2630

Media Transportation
The Commercial Dispatch – 516 Main St., Columbus; Macon Municipal Airport, located at 105 W. Pulaski
business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call St., is operated by the City of Macon and open to the public
(662) 328-2424 for subscription information. Printed Sunday for use. The airport features a 50-foot-wide, 3,000-foot-long
through Friday. runway.
The Macon Beacon – printed weekly; 403 Jefferson St.,
Macon; (662) 726-4747 Accommodations
Television stations serving the area include WLOV Bed & breakfast
(Fox affiliate) of Tupelo; WCBI (CBS affiliate) of Columbus; Cedar Ridge Bed & Breakfast – 42183 Old Hwy 14,
WTOK (ABC affiliate) of Meridian; and WTVA (NBC affili- Macon; (662) 361-7727
ate) of Tupelo.
Radio stations in the area: WALN 89.3 FM; WMAB Camping, cabins
89.9 FM; WWQD 90.3 FM; WCSO 90.5 FM; WMSV 91.1 Lake Forest Ranch – 5326 Lake Forest Rd, Macon;
FM; WMSU 92.1 FM; WTUG 92.9 FM; WSYE 93.3 FM; (662) 726-5052
WZBQ 94.1 FM; WKOR 94.9 FM; WLZA 96.1 FM; WTXT
98.1 FM; WAJV 98.9 FM; WSMS 99.9 FM; WKBB 100.9 Banks
FM; WQRR 101.7 FM; WNMQ 103.1 FM; WQJB 104.5 BankFirst:
FM; WUCL 105.7 FM; WMXU 106.1 FM; WLSM 107.1 3055 Jefferson St., Macon; (662) 726-5192
FM; WFCA 107.9 FM; WYLS 670 AM; WCPC 940 AM Cadence Bank:
415 E. Main St., Brooksville; (662) 738-5521
Citizens National Bank:
Medical facilities 2934 So. Jefferson St., Macon; (662) 726-5861
• Noxubee General Hospital – 78 Hospital Road, Macon;
(662) 726-4231 Credit Unions
In addition to its main hospital facility, Noxubee General Hope Credit Union:
Hospital has three branch clinics: 203 Sportsplex Drive, Macon; (662) 726-9177
• Macon Primary Care Clinic -– 606 Jefferson St., Ma-
con; (662) 726-4264 Real Estate Agencies
• Macon Medical Clinic – 602 Jefferson St., Macon; Noxubee Real Estate – 301 Jefferson St., Macon; (662)
(662) 726-5831 361-0000
• Brooksville Medical Clinic – 1560 N. Oliver St., Brooks- Philip Good Realty – 3590 Prairie Point Road, Macon;
ville (662) 726-5933

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, a For more information contact the Noxubee County
5k run and walk, an open mic session, pony rides, inflatables, Economic and Community Development Alliance at (662)
games, a train ride and more. The highlight of the festival is a 726-4456 or visit the alliance’s office at 198 Washington St. in
concert on the courthouse lawn. Macon.
Juneteenth Festival: Held on the second Saturday of

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Noxubee County Historical Trail: This trail takes Local parks
visitors on a self-guided tour through the county to see points Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge: This 48,000-acre
of historical interest and learn more about the area’s history. wildlife refuge offers visitors opportunities for hiking, hunting,
For a list of stops on the trail, contact the Noxubee County fishing and bird-watching, among other outdoor activities. The
Economic and Community Development Alliance. (662) 726- refuge office and visitor center is open Wednesday through
4456 Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
Noxubee County Historical Society Museum: The Sunday 1- 4 p.m. For more information call (662) 323-5548
museum features a collection of artifacts detailing the history or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Noxubee.
of Noxubee County. Some artifacts date back to the 1800s, Noxubee Sportsplex: Located at 61 Sportsplex Dr., this
when Choctaw Indians occupied the land. The Museum is park includes baseball and softball fields, concession areas and
located on the second floor of the War Memorial Building in an open-air covered arena.
Macon, across the street from the county courthouse. Tours Zach Brooks Golf Course: This nine-hole golf course, lo-
are by appointment only. For more information about the cated in Macon’s Piney Woods community, can be used most
museum or the Noxubee historical society, or to schedule a days of the year. For more information, call (662) 726-5847.
museum tour, call (662) 726-5218.

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