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Canton 2022 Comprehensive Plan

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City of Canton: BRIC GRANT

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Mobile Food Drive

The City of Canton is partnering with Academy 25 a non-profit organization and Mid-South food bank for a mobile food drive during these most difficult times which is causing significant hardship on struggling families. Five Hundred (500) or more families will be the recipients of this massive food drive. The families
will simply drive through, show proof of residency (Driver License, ID card or Utility Bill) and open their trunks and the food will be placed in the trunk by a host of volunteers. This is a tremendous humanitarian effort on the part of Academy 25, Mid-South food bank and the City of Canton.

Where: Canton Multipurpose Complex
501 Soldiers Colony Rd, Canton, MS 39046
When: Friday May 15, 2020
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 12 Noon

New Madison County COVID-19 Testing Site


Residents of Madison County and surrounding communities can be tested for COVID-19 this week as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health continue efforts to stem virus transmission by setting up one-day, drive-through collection sites 


The fastest and easiest way to get screened and tested is with the C Spire Health app. It’s available daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


The newest testing site on Tuesday, April 28:


  • Madison County: Shirley Simmons Middle School, 820 Sulphur Springs Road, Canton, MS





We are presently living in difficult days and difficult times. The Coronavirus epidemic is a global threat to
the health and well-being of all mankind. This pandemic has caused us to rethink our behavior and to
modify our socialization.

The President of the United States, under the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, has recommended an assembly of no more than ten Americans at a time. This virus spread
is basically a consequence of human-to-human transmission, through coughing, sneezing and

Despite the fact there are no vaccines at this time, social isolation and crowd mitigation appear to be the
best therapy. It is in the best interest of the Church, its pastor and all its members to consider and take
under advisement creative ministry. Creative ministry is designed to offer alternative ways or methods
of worship, with the core component being the absence of large gatherings. Several suggestions have
been made.

Graveside funerals with the attendance of just the family and funeral home visitation have been
suggested. Some churches have decided to have virtual services through Facebook, pre-recordings and
other forms of social media outlets. This issue is extremely emotional and personal.
As the Mayor of the City of Canton, I am asking all pastors, churches and funeral home directors, in their
decision making, to consider the recommendation of the President of the United States. His
recommendation is commensurate with my recommendation as a mayor and practicing physician.
However, the Church has the final decision as to how it wishes to continue its funerals and its worship.


The health and well-being of Canton students is top priority. Canton Public School District wants to make sure students have access to well-balanced meals during this time. Therefore, the Canton Public School District will start serving Lunch-To-Go Monday through Friday beginning on March 23, 2020 until further notice at McNeal and Canton Elementary Schools. All school-aged children will eat FREE. Children MUST BE PRESENT to get their meal. Lunch will be served from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



MCLS is committed to serving our communities. Right now the health and well-being of our patrons and staff is our top priority. Please visit our website or call your local branch for more details. We will continue to post updates as information develops.


RECOMMENDATIONS - Church & Funeral Homes

Canton City Officials recommendation in regards of all churches and funeral homes in the city .



Please see press release below for City closures. 




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