By Terry Harpole For the WPT
MABEN — The new Maben City Hall was officially opened Dec. 11, although it had been already used as a polling place in the elections in November.
In his welcome, and opening remarks, Mayor Larry Pruitt thanked all the people who helped in the building of the new city hall.
“We did have lots of help, and we want to stress our thanks to the people from Maben for their patience and help, and even want to thank the city employees and the board (of aldermen) for their help and patience,” he said.
Pruitt went on to thank Marvelle Howard, a classmate and now an Oktibbeha County supervisor, and Paul Crowley, a Webster County supervisor, for their help and support in the tearing down of the old city hall and for help in the building of the new one.
The Rev. Tommy Temple, pastor of Maben First Baptist Church, gave a devotion and prayer for the new city hall, and the mayor and board. Part of Temple’s devotion came from Psalms 126:1: “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch,” and the verses following.
Former Lt. Gov. and Maben native Amy Tuck was on hand to make remarks, and expressed her thanks to Pruitt and the board for all their hard work and support. Pruitt thanked Tuck, who is now campus services vice president at Mississippi State University, for all her help and for returning all phone calls to him when needed.
Mayor Pro Tem Pat Harpole and Alderman Harvey Jones presented a plaque to the family of the late Lloyd Cummins. The Maben native bequeathed $50,000 to the town of Maben to be used for the building of a new city hall.
At that time, the money left by the Cummins estate would have paid for a new building. However, with the rising costs, the town applied for and received government grants to be used for the new building, in addition to the money from the Cummins estate. The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District helped Maben secure the grants.
A large crowd was present for the open house. Those attending were pleased at the appearance, both outside and inside, and are happy to have this modern building open for business.