A called meeting of the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors was held, Monday, September 23 to deal with the following issues:
The Choctaw County Historical and Genealogical Society held its first meeting of the year, in the conference room of the Choctaw County Library, on Monday, September 23, with Rufus Ward, of Columbus, as the guest speaker.
“Like anything else, it’s great and we want to celebrate the accomplishment, but at the same time we know there’s still work to be done and we’ll continue to strive toward that ‘A’,” said Choctaw County School Superintendent Glen Beard, concerning the District receiving a ‘B’ ranking from the Mississippi Department of Education, for the 2018-20
Ackerman Police Chief Tim Cook announced that his department has received a grant from the 4-County Foundation, for more than $2.6K. The grant was awarded on Monday, September 16, and is the second consecutive year for Ackerman PD to be awarded the grant.
Ackerman holds a unique place in the State of Mississippi, in that it is the hometown of two former governors, J.P. Coleman and Ray Mabus. Not many small towns, if any, can make such a claim.
The third annual State of Our Community Expo was held this past Thursday evening at the Choctaw Community Center, and according to the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donna McKay it was an opportunity for businesses, clubs and organizations to showcase Choctaw County.
Most students of American history know the story of the Bataan Death March during World War II, in the Philippines, but have probably never heard of the Shoe Leather Express, a forced march by American and British POWs in the European theater that took place in 1945. The march began on February 6 and lasted for 86 days and covered 600 miles.
The Choctaw Board of Supervisors dealt with a number of routine issues in their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 3.
The Board opened bids for road gravel and awarded the bid to Bacco of Columbus.
In other action, the Board:
•Voted 5-0 to approve the August jail inspection.
Party runoff elections were held on Tuesday, August 27, with only three races being contested in Choctaw County.
All were on the Republican ticket and there were no local runoffs.
The contested seats were Governor, Attorney General and Transportation Commissioner – Northern District.
Circuit Clerk Amy Burdine stated that voter turnout on August 6 was about average for Choctaw County, with around 50% of registered voters casting ballots.
Voters in District 5 used the new Voting Works machines; this district was the only one in the entire country to use the new machines.