Saturday, April 19, 2014


Press Release:
PEARL, Miss. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) today awarded Germantown High School junior, Avery Roberson, as the overall winner of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Roberson’s entry entitled, “Date Night,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year beginning in June.

Harper announced the overall and divisional winners during a reception for participants, teachers, and family members held at the Pearl Public Library.

“Mississippians are surrounded by inspiration for cultural expression. From the mighty Mississippi River to the farmland spread across the Magnolia State, and innovative industries along the way, our state is an artistic crossroads,” Harper said.

As the overall winner, Roberson is eligible for a $1,500 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. She will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, DC, compliments of Southwest Airlines.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students.

This year’s competition was judged by a three-member panel comprised of local accomplished artists. A complete list of divisional winners by place can be found below.

Avery Roberson Germantown High School Drawing Overall Winner

Noel Teaster Starkville High School Computer Generated Art First Place

Carys Snyder Starkville High School Computer Generated Art Second Place

Janiece Pigg Starkville Academy Computer Generated Art Third Place

Shelby Russell Germantown High School Drawing First Place

Allie Roberson Germantown High School Drawing Second Place

Carys Snyder Starkville High School Drawing Third Place

Taylor Thrasher Germantown High School Mixed Media First Place

Alexa Stamey Germantown High School Mixed Media Second Place

Rebekah Fondren Starkville Academy Mixed Media Third Place

Mittie Field Germantown High School Painting First Place

Mallory Fisher Germantown High School Painting Second Place

Mittie Field Germantown High School Painting Third Place

Breland Anderson Starkville High School Photography First Place

Breland Anderson Starkville High School Photography Second Place

Haydon Hester Starkville Academy Photography Third Place

Ashley McDavid Germantown High School Print First Place

Caitlyn Gardner Germantown High School Print Second Place

Lea Fuller Germantown High School Print Third Place

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shop Local This Weekend!

Let's support our local retailers this weekend!! Spring is here and there's lots of activities going on. Be sure and shop at home first for those items we need and to prepare for upcoming events. Barbara's Place on N. Columbus is the place to find all your lawn, garden and farm needs. They have plenty of bedding plants, garden plants, seed, fertilizer, feed and landscaping supplies. This is a great weekend to get caught up on that outside work.

May is memorial month and there is no better place than Southern Floral Charm on S. Church to find an arrangement or have one custom designed. Lots of gift items as well.

Mother's Day is just around the corner and The Jewel Shoppe on Main
Street in Louisville is the place to find something special for Mom this year. The Jewel Shoppe - The Diamond Store has a collection of fine jewelry, watches and gifts.

Saturday is the Grand Opening of the Ornamental Concrete Warehouse at 358 Bond Road. Drop by to welcome them to Louisville and  see their selection of fountains, bird baths, statues and selection of art pieces for your yard.

Winston Co. Supervisors' Minutes Now Online

The unapproved minutes of the April 7-9 Winston County Board of Supervisors meeting are now available on the County's website. These minutes are not finalized until approved by the Board in their next regularly scheduled meeting. To view the minutes- click here

Thursday, April 17, 2014

City and Eco/Devo Consider the Hire of a Retail Consulting Firm

City of Louisville Officials met with representatives of a national retail consulting, market research and development firm on Tuesday in an effort to recruit more businesses to the area.

Kelly Cofer with "The Retail Coach" provided information on his company's services to assist communities develop a retail economic development plan that includes collecting and analyzing demographic data, recognizing an area's strengths and weaknesses and assisting with marketing to the right potential retailers and restaurants while supporting existing businesses.

Library Hosts Appreciation Luncheon

The Winston County library held their annual City & County Official Appreciation Luncheon as part of the celebration of National Library Week. Government officials, media,Friends of the Library  and staff enjoyed the meal prepared by members of the Friends of the Library Luncheon committee chaired by Betty Mills.

Lots Happening in Winston County

As Spring returns after this latest cold snap, activities around the area are heating up as well. Here's a quick rundown and as always - check out our events page and calendar for more detailed information:

Benefit for Hunter Rogers - Friday, April 18

A benefit will be held on Friday, April 18 at the First Baptist Church in Noxapater for Hunter Rogers. Scheduled to perform are Sean Greer, the Wells Brothers and Adam Crabb. All proceeds from the benefit will go toward medical expenses for four year old Hunter who is battling leukemia.

The program starts at 7:00 pm and a love offering will be taken.
Hunter Rogers with his family  (Thomas and Kerri and brother Brayden) in a recent radio interview with WLSM 107.1 in Louisville

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

City Conducts Public Hearing on former "Eiland Plaza" Property

A public hearing on the property located at 200 Beale Street in Louisville was held prior to the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday evening. The property, an apartment complex formerly known by most as Eiland Plaza was classified as an "unclean property" by City officials. The hearing gave citizens, tenants and the owner, the opportunity to express opinions, air complaints and state any plans for improvement of the property.

Code Enforcement Officer Jody Fulton indicated that he had recently inspected 12 apartments at the complex and found that all were out of code compliance - often for multiple issues including electrical service and plumbing issues. Fulton did indicate that one building that had represented a major code problem had been recently razed but the debris had yet to be removed.

Local Dispatchers Recognized for National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week

The week of April 13-19 has been set aside as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week to
recognize all dispatchers and 911 personnel for the jobs they do. Our local E911 dispatchers serve all of Winston County and Louisville by answering calls for police, sheriff, fire and emergency medical services and dispatching the appropriate assistance as quickly as possible. These telecommunicators are a vital link between citizens in need and emergency services.

They are professionals whose multi-tasking skills behind the scene and often unrecognized actions are responsible for helping protect citizens and property. The dispatchers work to improve the technology and operational capabilities through their leadership and participation in ongoing training programs designed to increase their skills and prepare for 911 calls. They work long hours to make sure the public's needs are met.

Louisville/Winston County Dispatchers include: Vera McCarty- 911 Coordinator, Kayla Rogers, Patricial Dempsey, Felicia Mays, Edy Bradford, Rashonda Dotson, Tracy Grabher.
911 Dispatchers with LPD Chief L. M. Claiborne

Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo on May 3rd

The annual Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo is coming up at Legion State Park on Saturday, May 3rd.
Youth ages 15 and under are invited to come out to the lake and participate. Prizes and lunch including hotdogs will be available.

The MDWFP will stock the lake with up to 500 catfish prior to the rodeo, providing an opportunity for kids to participate in a great American sport. Friends of Legion will be aiding with the event.

Here's what you need to know:
  • Registration begins at 7:00 am on Saturday morning and will continue til 8:00 am.
  • After opening ceremonies and an announcement of rules and regulations, fishing will begin at 8:00 am
  • Restroom and handwashing facilities will be made available.
  • Rodeo open to kids from 15 years of age and under.
  • All kids must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or responsible adult.
  • All participants must register and receive a wristband.
  • Participants should bring their own fishing tackle and bait (cut weinies or cocktail sausages are excellent) 
  • Only one rod per child.
Prizes will be awarded and other activities will be available for the kids as well.

Governor Bryant to Speak at WMC Open House in Noxapater - April 28

The clininc is open and well staffed and the community of Noxapater and surrounding area are being well served by the Winston Medical Clinic Noxapater Clinic. Now WMC and Noxpater are ready to celebrate with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Monday, April 28th.
(Lto R)  Debbie Edwards, Registered
Nancy Jordan, Family Nurse Practitioner,
Deidre Coleman, LPN/Lab Technician, and Jinny
Lynn Rodman, Front Office Clerk

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will be on hand and serve as the guest speaker. Bryant will be present from 10 am– 11 am. The Open House will go through 1:00 p.m. with a free hotdog lunch sponsored by Vowell's Market and Clark Beverage. The public is encouraged to welcome Governor Phil Bryant at the WMC Noxapater Clinic on April 28th beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 779-5111.

Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater is located at 90 East Main Street, Noxapater, Ms 39346. The clinic opened its doors in December, 2013 and is staffed by Nurse Practitioner Nancy Jordan.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Signing - April 26 - Drama, Thrills, And Faith From New Novel

Drama, Thrills, And Faith From New Novel:

The Winston County Library will host West Point author, Claire Spradling, as she gives a book talk and book signing on her new Christian fiction novel, Duress. Claire worked for many years at Winston Medical Center and Nursing Home and at Tri-County Nursing Home as a Dietitian. She will be at the library on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am til 12:00.

National Field Director of NAACP to Speak at Winston County Freedom Fund Banquet

The speaker for the Winston County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be Reverend Charles Lee White, Jr. The Banquet is scheduled for April 26, 2014. Reverend White's bio follows:

Educated in the public schools of Charleston County, S.C., the battlefields of social justice, and in the trials
of life, the Rev. Charles Lee White, Jr. continues to distinguish himself as a leader, mentor and a mighty man of God.

Rev. White believes in ministry beyond the walls of the church and is thankful for the opportunity to serve God through service to God's people.

Reared as a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Hollywood, SC native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina, later entering Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was conferred a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education.

Southern Storm Takes Orange Beach Competition by Storm!!

Several girls from Louisville competed at Deep South's 2014 Cheer and Dance Beach Nationals in Orange Beach, Alabama on April 12-13. The Southern Storm youth squad placed 1st and won Grand Champion in the Level 1 Division. The girls competed agains thirty one Level 1 squads to win the title of Grand Champion.

The Southern Storm junior squad placed 3rd in the level 2 division. The girls were also excited when their coach won the Coach's Award.

Southern Storm is a competitive cheer squad from the ACPA gym in Starkville. This was their 5th and final competition of the 2013-2014 season. 
The girls from Louisville on the youth squad are Maggie Claire Kirk, Emma Rae Fulcher, Sadie Stevenson, Amelia Anne Kirk, Haley Harris, Bella Grace Hillyer, Lana Raye Boatner, Braley Raye Dickerson, Ann Carter Perkins, Chloe Hillyer, Layton Nowell.

The girls from Louisville on the junior level 2 squad are Chloe Hillyer, Amelia Anne Kirk, Emma Rae Fulcher, Maggie Claire Kirk, Lana Raye Boatner, Kalee Sullivan, Bella Grace Hillyer, Mary Jordan Milton, Sadie Stevenson, Kayden Fussell.


Monday, April 14, 2014

ECCC Family Mourns Former President

The East Central Community College family is in mourning following the passing of former president Dr.
Eddie M. Smith.

Dr. Smith, 71, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home in Decatur, following a lengthy illness.

He led the institution from 1985 to 2000 and served his alma mater as its sixth president.

During Dr. Smith’s tenure, the college experienced unprecedented growth in numerous areas, especially in enrollment, program offerings, campus facilities and workforce education. An increased emphasis was placed on recruiting students of all ages. As a result of a closely followed recruitment and retention plan, enrollment increased each of his 15 years at the helm.

Upon his retirement in 2000, the college’s Board of Trustees named the newly constructed Student Union in his honor, in recognition of his dedication to serving students of all ages.

Milling Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Schools Recognize "Parents of the Year"

In the April 8 meeting of the Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the District's Parents of the Year were recognized for their efforts throughout the school year.  A parent from each of the county schools was acknowledged. These included: Samantha Dickerson-Fair Elementary, Tabatha Knowles- Louisville Elementary, Amy Fulton-Eiland Middle, Cully Hudspeth-Louisville High, Angela Evans-Nanih Waiya, Bubba Pierce-Noxapater.

Amy Fulton was recognized as the District wide Parent of the Year.

LMSD Parents of the Year: (L to R)Cully Hudspeth-Louisville High, Bubba Pierce-Noxapater, Angela Evans-Nanih Waiya, Tabatha Knowles- Louisville Elementary, Amy Fulton-Eiland Middle,Samantha Dickerson-Fair Elementary

Check It Out At The Winston County Library! APRIL 2014

The following FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:

 Harlan Coben – Missing You
Debbie Macomber – Blossom Street Brides
Susan Mallery – Evening Stars
Nevada Barr – Destroyer Angel
Anne Perry Death On Blackheath


MAYHEW – Hope was alive and well Thursday as East Mississippi Community College held its annual Awards Day at the Golden Triangle campus.
Speaking to the assembled student award recipients, family members and EMCC faculty, EMCC Vice President for Instruction Dr. Thomas Ware expressed his confidence in the leaders of tomorrow.
“In this age of tweets and texts and the 24-hour news cycle, the world can seem like a pretty dismal place. But knowing how hard you’ve all worked to accomplish your goals to this point, I feel like the world is in capable hands,” he said.
Both academic and career-technical programs recognized outstanding students.

Here’s a look at the award recipients, their home towns and the areas for which they were recognized:

Woodmen Keeps Patriotism Alive

Woodmen of the World is a not for profit fraternal benefit society based in Omaha, NE. Woodmen has Chapters throughout the nation in our local communities. These chapters perform many community service activities including the promotion of patriotism. Woodmen chapters do this in many ways but two of the primary activities are the presentation of the Woodmen of the World American History Awards and by presenting American flags to schools, churches, non-profit organizations and government buildings. The history awards are presented annually to the top students in every high school and middle school American History class. The flags are donated by Woodmen who is one of the largest purchasers of American flags.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


MAYHEW – The time has never been better for the Mighty Lion Band to come to the Golden Triangle.

East Mississippi Community College’s band will play its first public concert at the Golden Triangle campus April 17 at 7 p.m.

The free, hour-long performance will feature the EMCC Jazz Band and Symphonic Winds.

“We want to celebrate bridging the gap between the two campuses. We’re a tighter-knit family with the transportation of band members from the Golden Triangle campus to the Scooba campus. It’s a good opportunity to show the GT campus, students and their parents what our band program is all about,” said Steve Stringer, EMCC’s director of bands.