By Terry Harpole For the WPT
MABEN — The old Maben City Hall and Police Department located on Main Street (or Second Avenue) has been torn down in preparation for construction of a new city hall for the town., The building was once owned by Johnny Tenhet, an electrical repairman, and later was the home of The Maben Press newspaper, owned then by a Mr. Vaughn from Starkville. Years later, the building was the home of the Maben City Hall and the Maben Police Department. Years ago, the town of Maben, as well as Maben Memorial Gardens and Wood College in Mathiston, shared in the estate of a former resident of Maben. At the time, the part of the money the town received might have built a new city hall. The proceeds from this estate were deposited in the bank, and now, with the help of this man’s estate and two federal grants, a new city hall is being built on the old spot. Workers poured concrete for the foundation on March 19. Calvert- Spalding of West Point is the project engineer. The temporary location of the Maben City Hall is now in a small portable building north of town on Highway 15 near the former O.L. Wicks Elementary School. The town of Maben is planning a public day of dedication once the new city hall building is completed.