Tuesday, March 3, 2015

More Winston Countians Return To Their Homes

This past weekend was a homecoming for 3 Winston County
Ms. Nellie Vaughn and family
families who lost their homes in the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Winston Strong along with Christian Aid Ministries held open houses for the three families who were able to return to a new home. These included: The Larry Loyd family located at 1015 Brooksville Road, Ms. Tabitha Hardin's family located at 113 Eiland Ave. , and Ms. Nellie Vaughn and family located at 105 Yarbrough Ave.

The Loyd home-  1015 Brooksville Road

Telemarketer Settlements Net State $22,136.34

Four settlements result from investigation of telemarketers selling Bahamas Cruise via political robocalls.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced four settlements in cases of alleged Do Not Call law violations that will yield a combined $22,136.34 for the State of Mississippi. Caribbean Cruise Lines, Inc.; Steve Hamilton; Linked Service Solutions, LLC, Scott Broomfield, and Jason Birkett; and Economic Strategy and Jacob DeJongh were alleged to have illegally used political survey robobcalls as a means of selling cruise vacations to the Bahamas.

Monday, March 2, 2015

McMullan is Winston County' s Distinguished Young Woman for 2016

Kenley McMullan
Winston Co DYW
Six young women competed on Saturday night (Feb 28) for the honor to represent Winston County as the Distinguished Young Woman of 2016. The local program held at the Louisville High School Auditorium, is a preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

Kenley McMullan took home the honors and will participate in the state competition in Meridian later this Spring. Kenley is the daughter of Ken & Leigh McMullan and plans to attend Mississippi State University in Education. Her talent was a piano solo, "Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona.

First Alternate was Miriah Ford who performed a vocal presentation of "I Believe" by Fantasia Barrino and Second Alternate was Skylar Adams who presented a sign language performance of "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle.
L-R  Elizabeth Ornelas - Caroline Fair Spirit Award, Skylar Adams- 2nd alt
Kenley McMullan - Winston Co DYW, Miriah Ford- 1st Alt

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Formerly known as Junior Miss, it has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women across the country and more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. In addition to cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. (from website)

Local Scholarship winners are listed below:

Be Your Best Self" award $250: Kenley McMullan
Caroline Fair Spirit award $700: Elizabeth Ornelas
Alexis Grace Taylor Scholastic award $1200: Kenley McMullan
Physical Fitness award $500: Kenley McMullan
Interview $400: Kenley McMullan
2nd alternate $1000: Skylar Adams
1st alternate $1500: Miriah Ford
2016 Winston County Distinguished Young Woman $2000, $895 per year for 2 years at ECCC, $1000 to MSU Kenley McMullan

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Master Gardeners of Winston County

Left to right: Brenda Jowers, Janice Hopkins, Diana Northcutt, Elmetra Patterson, Letitia Jackson, Richard Moncrief, Rebecca Gravett, Sandra Miles, and Tommy Hopkins

On beautiful Valentine's Day at beautiful Dean Park, Saturday, January 14, 2015, the Master Gardeners of Winston County met and pruned the plants that are around the playground. This group meets once monthly and plans community service work to be done in Winston County. They are open to teaching classes for various organizations and school. They can be contacted through the Extention Office, 662.773-3091.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do It Best Spring 2015 Shopping Giveaway


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

ECCC to Host JSU Jazz Band

As part of the inaugural season of East Central Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, the Fine Arts Department will host the Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Full List Of Candidates For Office

The last day to qualify and file for office across Winston County and for state offices was Friday by 5 p.m. This is the completed list from the Winston County Circuit Clerk's Office.  This is a complete list that includes all candidates. This list will be accessible throughout the election cycle from a page tab above.

Candidates do not have to pay to be included on this list, however candidates who advertise with Winston Web News will be highlighted.  Candidates for State Senate and Representative in our area are also included and this list may be further updated.

To see all candidates - click here or our Candidates Tab on our menu bar.

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Winston County Supervisors Agenda - March 2

The agenda for Winston County Supervisors next board meeting scheduled for March 2, 2015 is now available on their website. Click here to view

Open House & Ribbon Cutting At Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater

The Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater had their open house and ribbon cutting on February 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Noxapater Mayor Sammy Carter gave the welcome and a brief background on how the clinic came into being and thanked those who were instrumental in making it possible including Grady Suttle, Larry Duran, Paul Black and Lee McCall among others.

 David Harris, Pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church gave the invocation.

Also speaking at the ceremony were Grady Suttle, President of
Winston County Partnership, Larry Duran, Winston County Board of Supervisors, Al Porter, Winston Medical Center Board and Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State graciously attended the event in spite of the poor weather conditions. Hosemann spoke of his visits to Winston County after the April 28 tornado and the impact it had on our local hospital. He emphasized how the clinic in Noxapater was used after the disaster and how small rural clincs help keep the cost of healthcare down. He presented the clinic with The Mississippi Blue Book to be left in their waiting room for patients to read while waiting.

The open house was well attended by Noxapater residents, County and City officials.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Health Department Urges Residents to Take Precautions After the Storm

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continues to monitor the health impacts of recent severe winter weather.

Significant power outages, home repairs, and flooding can create dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.

MSDH urges residents should take the following precautions:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Storm Causes Major Impacts in Mississippi

PEARL – The State Emergency Operations Center has received reports of close to nine inches of snow in some parts of the state causing major travel problems and significant power outages. Estimated snow totals being reported to the National Weather Service include:

  • Houston (Chickasaw)                     9 inches
  • Tupelo (Lee)                                      8 inches
  • Tremont (Itawamba)                      7.5 inches
  • Grenada (Grenada)                         6 inches
  • Calhoun City (Calhoun)                 6 inches
  • Columbus (Lowndes)                     6 inches

The Mississippi Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety are asking citizens to stay off the roads where ice and snow have accumulated unless it is an emergency.

Thursday Closings and Delays

All schools in Winston County are closed on Thursday. This includes Winston Academy, Grace Christian, and all LMSD schools including Noxapater, Nanih Waiya, and Louisville.

Taylor Machine Works first shift will report at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Winston County will not pick up solid waste on Thursday. Thursday's pick up will be done on Friday.

Winston County Weather Update - 11:00 am Wednesday

Light rain is spread throughout much of Winston County as
temperatures remain at or near the freezing mark this morning. Icing has occurred on elevated structures in much of our area. Roadways remain basically clear of ice but expect that to change as temperatures will drop later today.

The National Weather Service is still projecting snow - heavy at times, later today. Originally projected for mid- late morning, snow is now expected sometime after noon today. Projections are broad but still indicate 2-4 inches in general.

As temperatures drop below freezing and as ground temps fall, icing will become more of a problem for the traveler. Many governmental offices and most schools in the area have closed for the day. Travel this afternoon and evening is discouraged.


Pharmacy Burglary Picture 1
Press Release: February 24, 2015: Three members of the so-called “trash bag gang” have been sentenced for crimes in Choctaw County, announced MBN Director Sam Owens and Attorney General Jim Hood jointly today.

Leabrian Myers, 23, of Madison and Marcus and Maurice Taylor, 32, twin brothers from Jackson, appeared before Judge Clarence E. Morgan, III, in Choctaw County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Myers pleaded guilty to one count of business burglary involving a break-in at Ackerman Discount Drugs. He was sentenced to seven years to serve as a habitual offender, with seven years to serve to run consecutive to the eight years he is currently serving on a similar charge in Madison County.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Weather Warning - Snow, Freezing Rain Predicted for Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a winter storm warning for our area in effect from 6 a.m., Wednesday morning till midnight, Wednesday night.

Winston County in the orange "elevated" band as of
2:30 pm Tuesday
 There is a possibility of heavy snow with this storm. Snow is expected to begin sometime in the mid morning hours between 6 and 10 a.m. and end in the early to mid evening.  Snow may be mixed with sleet or freezing rain at times.  Actual accumulation is difficult to predict but the Winston County area is currently projected to be in a band of  2 - 4 inches of snow with possible snowfall up to 6 inches in localized areas.

This amount of snow accumulation will create hazardous travel conditions and possible power outages. A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Travel is discouraged.

The projected weather has resulted in numerous closings and delays in and around Winston County. Individuals can view the list on our home page  below or click here

Winston County Closure List

With the possibility of more winter weather headed our way, closure information is already coming in to our offices. We will add to this list as necessary throughout the day and evening:

  • All LMSD schools will be closed on Wednesday - Feb 25 due to the expected weather concerns. This includes all Louisville schools, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya.
  • Winston County Courthouse - non-essential offices closed.
  • Louisville City Hall - non-essential offices close at 11:00 am
  • All classes at Winston Academy are canceled for Wednesday - Feb 25.
  • Grace Christian will be closed on Wednesday, Feb 25 due to possible weather conditions.
  • Winston County Head Start - Closed - Wednesday
  • Winston County Library closes at 11:00am on Wednesday
  • Tot Spot/ K4 in Winston County, Closed
  • Choctaw County Schools - closed Wednesday
  • Noxubee County schools closed Wednesday
  • Noxubee County Head Start closed
  • Choctaw Tribal Government Offices, Tribal Schools and Tribal day cares will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 25 due to weather and possible unsafe road conditions. Essential and emergency service providers will remain open and staffed with essential personnel.
  • MSU's Starkville and Meridian campuses will close Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • Neshoba Central will not have school on Wednesday, Feb. 25
  • Starkville Academy will be closed tomorrow February 25, 2015. A decision for Thursday will be made by 6 AM February 26, 2015.
  • All locations of ECCC will be closed on Wednesday, February 25. All offices will be closed & all classes & activities will be canceled.
  • All EMCC locations will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 25, due to impending severe weather. Tuesday night classes will meet.
  • MUW closed - all day and evening classes on Wednesday.
  • All services, supper and classes at South Louisville Baptist Church have been cancelled for tonight. Choir practice is also cancelled.
  • WIN Job Center is Louisville is closed
  • The Citizens Bank  & branches in Winston County close at 12:00 noon

Another Winston County Citizen Is Back Home

On  Monday, February 23 Winston County Citizen Rita Harris returned back to her property and a new  home on 1198 Young Crossing Road in Louisville.
Her home was destroyed in the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Winston Strong and Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) completed the reconstruction process with a house dedication ceremony.

WinstonStrong in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) continues to work on the reconstruction of  homes for individuals that lost their property during the tornado. Ivan Shirk of MDS and the MDS women present each family with a completion form, a quilted wall hanging and the keys to their newly constructed homes.

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